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29 minutes ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

Just beat me to it John. I would have probably said Don Martin as well. Not knocking him because, overall, he was quite good for us but just not prolific enough. Can’t remember too much about Adam Blacklaw to be honest but in August 1969 he was only 31 years old and should have been only just past his peak. Perhaps with the culture at that time, booze, smoking and no proper understanding of nutrition etc., they peaked a few years earlier than they do now, hence Burnley releasing him when they did. But, yes, replace those three or four with quality and we would have probably gone back up.

On reflection Mark, I agree with you on the Don. He was good for 10-15 goals but after that we struggled for another prolific scorer. Blacklaw was very hefty, not bad, but Sir Roger coming a year earlier would’ve made a difference.

Newton, Hunter, Wilson, Knighton, Meccy and Eamon were all top notch.

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4 hours ago, Stonesrick said:

Don't know if you recall Tyrone but around the same time 1968/1969 Tommy Hutchinson gave Keith Newton the runaround. I went to both matches, one of which was the infamous "ammonia" incident.

The programme on the left was 7th October 1968, the one on the right 18th August 1969.

Always felt that with the 1969 team we were just a couple of players short of mounting a promotion challenge.

 

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Yes Brian Hill was a lightweight, I never really saw him have a good game. Don Hutchins was another left winger who left you longing for the likes of Mike Harrison.  I liked Don Martin but I always thought he would have been better playing off a centre forward rather than leading the line himself. Adam Blacklaw was on the way down in more ways than one. Having said that, Newton and Wilson were the best full back pairing in that league and better than some in the First Division.

Alan Hunter was the best centre half in the Division and I'd give a lot to have Ken Knighton and Eamon Rogers in our midfield now. Meccy was on the way up and John Connelly still had goals in his game although his blistering pace had gone. Our coaching was old hat, somebody like Malcolm Allison would have sorted the job out.

Looking at Blackpool, Green and Hutchison were great players as was Alan Suddick, a real class act in midfield.

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4 minutes ago, simongarnerisgod said:

is this the same tommy hutchison who scored at both ends in the 81 cup final??,love to ask him why he moved for hoddles free kick,it was going miles wide

Yes, he was a really good winger in his day, fast and tricky. He had a trick were he'd deliberately over run the ball then bring it through with his trailing leg. I've never seen anybody else do it. The defender would hesitate thinking Tommy had lost the ball, he'd be past them before they realised he hadn't. Even watching from the stands he did me every time !

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On 31/01/2021 at 19:51, Exiled in Toronto said:

Funny you should say that Tony, I was just trying to remember if we had one for Tony Field, and nothing came to mind. We did have “Sirrrr Roger Jones, Sirrrr Roger Jones, Rogerrrr” repeat a key lower.

I think most of the songs back then were tribal taunts to opposing fans, either singing our praises, denigrating theirs, “He shot, he missed, he must be fking pissed, (insert rival striker’s name), or threatening imminent violence!

To the tune of Son of the Father..

Oh, Tony, Tony,

Tony, Tony, Tony Tony, Tony Field

Kit Napier- Bastardising the Stretford End's song for Bryan Kidd ...K-IT-O ..KITO

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On 31/01/2021 at 20:16, simongarnerisgod said:

who can forget the inimitable "you`re gonna get you`re ****** head kicked in" or the gentle ditty "you`re going home in an east lancs ambulance"i miss the days when you could remind the opposing player that his wife was rumoured to be  a bit of lady of easy virtue,remember the blackburn end giving the west ham striker tony morley loads of abuse after  his wife stabbed him in the backside over some alleged affair🤭

I think that was before the reorganisation of the NHS - I always heard it as F******g ambulance though I prefer your version - just needs a mission statement after along the lines of 'patient professional and caring ' or some such twaddle

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On 31/01/2021 at 21:46, Claytons Left Boot said:

But we had one for Steve Kindon, John.....’Kindon’s wife is on the game again!’ Think there was another about him but can’t remember it. 😆

Wasnt that Stevie Kindon walks on water tra la lala lah the b*****d sank ?

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I was watching The Big Match Revisited at the weekend and one of the games was Arsenal v Stoke from 1975. A corner was about to be taken and I noticed a bloke with something to his ear. I, like many would have thought it was a mobile phone then I realised it was 1975 and the memory came flooding back of lots of fans with transistor radios to their ears listening to Radio Two for any scores coming through. The buses back to Darwen went quiet at 5 o'clock when the volume on somebody's transistor was turned up and the dulcet tones of James Alexander Gordon started to read the results. 

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8 hours ago, arbitro said:

I was watching The Big Match Revisited at the weekend and one of the games was Arsenal v Stoke from 1975. A corner was about to be taken and I noticed a bloke with something to his ear. I, like many would have thought it was a mobile phone then I realised it was 1975 and the memory came flooding back of lots of fans with transistor radios to their ears listening to Radio Two for any scores coming through. The buses back to Darwen went quiet at 5 o'clock when the volume on somebody's transistor was turned up and the dulcet tones of James Alexander Gordon started to read the results. 

‘It’s 5pm and this is Sports Report... 🎶 der der der der der... ‘

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10 hours ago, arbitro said:

I was watching The Big Match Revisited at the weekend and one of the games was Arsenal v Stoke from 1975. A corner was about to be taken and I noticed a bloke with something to his ear. I, like many would have thought it was a mobile phone then I realised it was 1975 and the memory came flooding back of lots of fans with transistor radios to their ears listening to Radio Two for any scores coming through. The buses back to Darwen went quiet at 5 o'clock when the volume on somebody's transistor was turned up and the dulcet tones of James Alexander Gordon started to read the results. 

I have been watching the big match revisited for the past three Saturday mornings. It might be me, but I find the games more exciting, I realise it is only highlights. But if you watch the highlights of modern games there are too many free-kicks and stoppages. 

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6 minutes ago, rigger said:

I have been watching the big match revisited for the past three Saturday mornings. It might be me, but I find the games more exciting, I realise it is only highlights. But if you watch the highlights of modern games there are too many free-kicks and stoppages. 

I agree. There was far more honesty in the game with no diving, feigning injury or squealing like a stuck pig when fouled. In the modern game with the law changes very little physical contact is allowed and quite often there can be up to thirty free kicks in a game.

There was very little dissent to the match officials and it was rare to see any players booked let alone sent off.

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21 minutes ago, arbitro said:

I agree. There was far more honesty in the game with no diving, feigning injury or squealing like a stuck pig when fouled. In the modern game with the law changes very little physical contact is allowed and quite often there can be up to thirty free kicks in a game.

There was very little dissent to the match officials and it was rare to see any players booked let alone sent off.

Something else of note : You never  heard a commentator say. There was the slightest contact, so he was right to go down.

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1 hour ago, rigger said:

I have been watching the big match revisited for the past three Saturday mornings. It might be me, but I find the games more exciting, I realise it is only highlights. But if you watch the highlights of modern games there are too many free-kicks and stoppages. 

I have loved watching this for a few months now. ITV have obviously transferred their dusty old tapes to a shiny new digital format with excellent picture and sound. I am curious,as to how long this will run for.

It is the 74/75 season at the moment. Does anyone here remember if Rovers featured at all on The Big Match that year? It was a couple of years before I started watching. I know we were promoted that year. Here's hoping!

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1 hour ago, arbitro said:

I agree. There was far more honesty in the game with no diving, feigning injury or squealing like a stuck pig when fouled. In the modern game with the law changes very little physical contact is allowed and quite often there can be up to thirty free kicks in a game.

There was very little dissent to the match officials and it was rare to see any players booked let alone sent off.

I re-watched my CD of the 1960 Final the other day. Honestly I could have refereed that game. No diving or pretending to be hurt, no arguing with the ref over who's throw in it was etc. I was surprised how quickly the ball was back in play after throw ins, none of that inching up the line 20ft from where the ball went out of play, free kicks were taken equally quickly. None of the farce we get at corners these days were players are hanging on to each other all over the place.

They used to have a feature in the sports bit of the " Sunday Observer ". It was a " Where are they now ? " style thing. It was a photo of one of Brian Clough's Notts Forest teams. In the details about one of the players it mentioned he was the first Forest player to be sent off since the 2nd World War !

That'd be in about 30 years of play. I'd been watching Rovers for about 3 season before I saw a sending off. Last night two teams ended up with 9 on the pitch ! That would be unheard of back then.

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The fact Lineker never received a booking in a 16 year pro career, obviously he wasn’t exactly from the Duncan Ferguson/Mick Hartford school of striker, but still seems such an anachronism now, and he was playing in the 80s up to the mid 90s, not the 1950s...

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On 31/01/2021 at 21:46, Claytons Left Boot said:

But we had one for Steve Kindon, John.....’Kindon’s wife is on the game again!’ Think there was another about him but can’t remember it. 😆

That one got me ejected from the Turd, the day Keith Fear scored and Rovers won a nervy end to end match many years ago...Big police inspector collared me and shouted "what did you say?" and I was stupid enough to repeat it, which gave him licence to have me thrown out..

Them were the days!

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3 hours ago, Mattyblue said:

The fact Lineker never received a booking in a 16 year pro career, obviously he wasn’t exactly from the Duncan Ferguson/Mick Hartford school of striker, but still seems such an anachronism now, and he was playing in the 80s up to the mid 90s, not the 1950s...

Didn't Duncan McKensie come to Rovers with an equally blemish free disciplinary record, which got spoiled in one of his final appearances for us, nearly making him spontaneously combust with embarrasment? A great player, and a true gentleman footballer IMO - a lost breed, entirely!

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2 minutes ago, WIR Second Coming said:

Didn't Duncan McKensie come to Rovers with an equally blemish free disciplinary record, which got spoiled in one of his final appearances for us, nearly making him spontaneously combust with embarrasment? A great player, and a true gentleman footballer IMO - a lost breed, entirely!

Great player and a real entertainer, he'd makes most of our current team look like  pub players, but I don't think he ever won a tackle in his life.

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7 minutes ago, WIR Second Coming said:

Didn't Duncan McKensie come to Rovers with an equally blemish free disciplinary record, which got spoiled in one of his final appearances for us, nearly making him spontaneously combust with embarrasment? A great player, and a true gentleman footballer IMO - a lost breed, entirely!

Alan Smith of Arsenal and Leicester fame went through his career without a caution until one of his last games when he was yellow carded. At the time I thought it was a really harsh one and you could see the disappointment in Smith's body language but he accepted it without question.

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16 hours ago, arbitro said:

I was watching The Big Match Revisited at the weekend and one of the games was Arsenal v Stoke from 1975. A corner was about to be taken and I noticed a bloke with something to his ear. I, like many would have thought it was a mobile phone then I realised it was 1975 and the memory came flooding back of lots of fans with transistor radios to their ears listening to Radio Two for any scores coming through. The buses back to Darwen went quiet at 5 o'clock when the volume on somebody's transistor was turned up and the dulcet tones of James Alexander Gordon started to read the results. 

J A G! His unique style meant you knew the result as soon as he read the home team’s score

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1 hour ago, WIR Second Coming said:

Didn't Duncan McKensie come to Rovers with an equally blemish free disciplinary record, which got spoiled in one of his final appearances for us, nearly making him spontaneously combust with embarrasment? A great player, and a true gentleman footballer IMO - a lost breed, entirely!

Duncan McKenzie! How did we manage to sign him - the lure of Howard Kendall I suppose. He was one of many maverick players around in the 1970s - players like Bowles, Worthington, Currie, Marsh etc. You don't see them now, perhaps Cantona and Le Tissier were the last of the breed. 

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1 hour ago, renrag said:

J A G! His unique style meant you knew the result as soon as he read the home team’s score

 Yep, the horror when he said Blackburn Rovers 1 ......... voice rising.and you knew we'd lost .....

 

 

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7 minutes ago, jim mk2 said:

Duncan McKenzie! How did we manage to sign him - the lure of Howard Kendall I suppose. He was one of many maverick players around in the 1970s - players like Bowles, Worthington, Currie, Marsh etc. You don't see them now, perhaps Cantona and Le Tissier were the last of the breed. 

I remember the excitement of getting down early to Ewood to see the players warming up, and DM doing some unbelievable tricks with the ball (well they seemed astonishing to me at the time) and coming over to the Riverside for a chat with the fans. He seemed such a genuine character, and his smiling face in a Rovers shirt was one of my best memories of supporting the club back in the day. There are few ex-players that I'd be truly still in awe of if I was to meet them, but Duncan McKenzie would definitely be someone whose hand I would love to shake and say thanks for the memories!

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8 hours ago, arbitro said:

I agree. There was far more honesty in the game with no diving, feigning injury or squealing like a stuck pig when fouled. In the modern game with the law changes very little physical contact is allowed and quite often there can be up to thirty free kicks in a game.

There was very little dissent to the match officials and it was rare to see any players booked let alone sent off.

Francis Lee?

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