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6 minutes ago, Gav said:

I love this photo, before my time, but I was always struck by the crowds back in those days, packed in, a great shot of The Roverside and Darwen End, fabulous den.

This was my first visit to Ewood and the biggest crowd I had ever been in, both impressive and a bit scary.

Attendance was 20,949 in a ground that could hold many more. The standing fans made it look fuller.

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1 hour ago, AllRoverAsia said:

I was there!

17 match photos, maybe including all the goals, are in the W & H Talbot archive

I know you was ARA, so was I.

I looked for the Spurs pics in the Talbot archive, but I couldn’t see them. I have seen them in there before though.

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Rovers played towards the Darwen End in the First Half against Spurs. I was right  behind the goals. At half time I " migrated " to behind the Blackburn End goals. I was right in line with that Mike England header. If the net hadn't have got in the way I might have caught it. That is without doubt the best Rovers performance in my life time and I saw the thrashing of Norwich and Notts Forest in our Prem years. It could easily have been 10-2. Spurs had no answer to us.

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10 hours ago, den said:

Mike England scoring in a game many of us older fans talk about on here. Scoring against Spurs in that 7-2 win.

Looks like Dave Mackay in that photo to me. 

 

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Left to Right - Ron Henry, Mike England, Bill Brown in goal, unknown behind Brown, Bobby Smith, Fred Pickering. Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay, Peter Baker.

Interesting to see Spurs had both full backs on the posts for that corner  as teams did then and it still ended up a goal.

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1 hour ago, jim mk2 said:

My best memory of John Byrom although I might be wrong as memories are hazy after all this time was the FA Cup match against Arsenal in the 1965.66 season, the year we were relegated but had a good cup run. We beat Arsenal 4-0 with Byrom scoring at least 2 hobbling around on one leg after getting injured! 

Hi Jim, just for accuracy - 

Rovers beat Arsenal 3-0, McEvoy 2, Byrom 1. We'd beaten them 2-1 in the League at Ewood the Saturday before.

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People must have been at West Ham like me, when Byrom scored a hat trick against them for a 3-3 draw in the FA cup, only for rovers to beat them in the replay at Ewood 4-1 with McEvoy scoring a hat trick. 
 

 

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31 minutes ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Rovers played towards the Darwen End in the First Half against Spurs. I was right  behind the goals. At half time I " migrated " to behind the Blackburn End goals. I was right in line with that Mike England header. If the net hadn't have got in the way I might have caught it. That is without doubt Rovers best performance in my life time and I saw the thrashing of Norwich and Notts Forest in our Prem years. It could easily have been 10-2. Spurs had no answer to us.

Just spoke with my Dad Tyrone. He agrees with you: Both he and my Grandad were stood on The Darwen End, in fact my dad says he had to climb into the roof rafters so he could get his hands out of his pocket to have a fag!

Ronnie and my dad were best buddies until he sadly passed away. In fact, pre-Covid, my Mother, Ronnie's wife Val and their last remaining circle of friends, went out religiously for lunch once every month and have done for donkeys years. @ClaytonsLeftBoot's mother was also in the same circle of friends too until she sadly passed several years ago. Mum says she really misses them but my eldest lad is pulling hens teeth trying to introduce them to Zoom to compensate.

I'm really loving this particular thread because it refreshes so many happy memories that many of us have been fortunate enough to enjoy following Rovers through thick and thin over so many years. Long may it continue.

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I have this hanging on my office wall at home. I never fail to get a tear in my eye or a lump in my throat whenever I read it. So much truth and emotion in it's wording.

Give it a try, I defy you not to well up!

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57 minutes ago, Gav said:

This is one of my favourites from back in the day, against Liverpool at a packed Ewood, you can see Jim sat on the cinder track if you look carefully enough. 

Ronnie Clayton

51,000 on that day  Gav. According to the record books with one of the quirks the FA Cup throws up regularly we'd played them in the League the Saturday before and drawn 3-3, 41,789 at that game.

So in eight days we'd 90,000 plus through the gate. Players on £20 a week if they were lucky, no wonder following your football team was cheap then. 2/- ( 10p ) to get in for a grown up I would imagine. So if my maths is correct gate receipts of £9,000.

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59 minutes ago, Gav said:

This is one of my favourites from back in the day, against Liverpool at a packed Ewood, you can see Jim sat on the cinder track if you look carefully enough. 

Ronnie Clayton

That’s a fantastic pic Gav. Anyone would be absolutely delighted to have that photo of them in the public arena.

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1 hour ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Rovers played towards the Darwen End in the First Half against Spurs. I was right  behind the goals. At half time I " migrated " to behind the Blackburn End goals. I was right in line with that Mike England header. If the net hadn't have got in the way I might have caught it. That is without doubt the best Rovers performance in my life time and I saw the thrashing of Norwich and Notts Forest in our Prem years. It could easily have been 10-2. Spurs had no answer to us.

I still think, that team, at that time was the best rovers team I’ve ever seen. They were fantastic.

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5 minutes ago, den said:

I still think, that team, at that time was the best rovers team I’ve ever seen. They were fantastic.

On their day, and they had plenty of great days, they were the best team in the division. When they were on song they were a goalscoring machine. We were just so lucky to see them. They just lacked the financial backing to really challenge for trophies. We were just a couple of players short in defence and we'd almost no back up players of equal ability if any of the first 11 got injured. 

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I’ll just add, that this was at a time before Ramsey’s wingless wonders and before the game began to become very tactics based. Virtually every team played the same “WM” formation. Players were bought for their technical ability alone. Players were bought for that reason and were allowed to go on the park and do what they were good at. 

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11 hours ago, den said:

Mike England scoring in a game many of us older fans talk about on here. Scoring against Spurs in that 7-2 win.

Looks like Dave Mackay in that photo to me. 

 

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From L to R Ron Henry, Mike England, Bill Brown ( goalkeeper ), unknown behind Bill Brown, could be Maurice Norman, Bobby Smith, Fred Pickering, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay ( with the barrel chest ) Peter Baker.

Not many players in the area for a corner, only two Rovers,  and both full backs on the posts as was the way back then. Not that it did Spurs much good ! Nowadays it would just be a mass of players all trying to hold on to each other !

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16 minutes ago, den said:

I’ll just add, that this was at a time before Ramsey’s wingless wonders and before the game began to become very tactics based. Virtually every team played the same “WM” formation. Players were bought for their technical ability alone. Players were bought for that reason and were allowed to go on the park and do what they were good at. 

 I think we'd evolved into a pretty loose 4-2-4 formation by then. One of the wing halves ( Mick McGrath usually ) playing a lot nearer to the centre half and the full backs who were out wide. Then one inside forward  ( Andy McEvoy ) playing  up front with the centre forward most of the time and the other inside forward ( Bryan Douglas ) dropping back into midfield to team up with the other wing half ( Ronnie Clayton ). Lots of teams were trying this way of playing in the light of Brazil's success with it in 1958 and 1962.

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5 minutes ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

From L to R Ron Henry, Mike England, Bill Brown ( goalkeeper ), unknown behind Bill Brown, could be Maurice Norman, Bobby Smith, Fred Pickering, Danny Blanchflower, Dave Mackay ( with the barrel chest ) Peter Baker.

Not many players in the area for a corner and both full backs on the posts as was the way back then. Not that it did Spurs much good !

I had decided on Maurice Norman too. Frank Saul distant centre? John White distant right or Dyson, Greaves would never be that near his sides goal

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2 minutes ago, AllRoverAsia said:

I had decided on Maurice Norman too. Frank Saul distant centre? John White distant right or Dyson, Greaves would never be that near his sides goal

The images are too distant for me to see.

The Spurs team that day was -

Bill Brown.

Peter Baker, Ron Henry.

Danny Blanchflower, Maurice Norman, Dave Mackay.

Frank Saul, John White, Bobby Smith, Jimmy Greaves, Terry Dyson.

Only Cliff Jones missing out of the all conquering Spurs team, that's why Frank Saul was playing.

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1 hour ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Hi Jim, just for accuracy - 

Rovers beat Arsenal 3-0, McEvoy 2, Byrom 1. We'd beaten them 2-1 in the League at Ewood the Saturday before.

 I said my memory was hazy! Byrom definitely scored while he was limping though!

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11 minutes ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

The images are too distant for me to see.

The Spurs team that day was -

Bill Brown.

Peter Baker, Ron Henry.

Danny Blanchflower, Maurice Norman, Dave Mackay.

Frank Saul, John White, Bobby Smith, Jimmy Greaves, Terry Dyson.

Only Cliff Jones missing out of the all conquering Spurs team, that's why Frank Saul was playing.

That’s what made it special. That wasn’t some average side, it was a great side, although probably just past it’s brilliant best.

Boxing day we beat West Ham 8-2 away from home and if you have that West Ham line up I would be very interested TS. I’m sure that was a very talented side as well. Moore, Hurst, Sissons?

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1 minute ago, den said:

That’s what made it special. That wasn’t some average side, it was a great side, although probably just past it’s brilliant best.

Boxing day we beat West Ham 8-2 away from home and if you have that West Ham line up I would be very interested TS. I’m sure that was a very talented side as well. Moore, Hurst, Sissons?

 John Bond, Martin Peters?, Standen in goal?, Lampard?, Brian Dear, Billy Bonds, Redknapp, Brabrook, a few names that come to mind though might be too early for some of them. 

And we all know the score in the reverse fixture a few days later

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