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3 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

5th Feb 1980. Nearly 40 years ago ! That makes me feel old. 1-1 draw

There was 29, 468 on.

Our team -

Jim Arnold

Jim Branagan, Glenn Keeley, Derek Fazackerley, Mick Rathbone.

Noel Brotherston, Howard Kendall, Tony Parkes

Duncan McKenzie

Andy Crawford, Simon Garner.

Alan Evans og was our scorer. Andy Crawford had scored in all 5 previous ties that season.

If we had that back five today I'd fancy us to go up. If they played the current team the current lads would need a goal start. How many of those would you drop for a current player ? Crawford for Armstrong ? Parkes for Dack ? After that it's a struggle.

We were really unlucky to lose the replay.

 

Not sure about Dack on the left of a 3 there - doesn't have Tony Parkes' work rate - not sure how he would gel with Mckenzie either. Kaminski might be as good as Arnold and Nyambe v Branagan might be close. Mick Rathbone - yes every time!

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2 minutes ago, grinder said:

Not sure about Dack on the left of a 3 there - doesn't have Tony Parkes' work rate - not sure how he would gel with Mckenzie either. Kaminski might be as good as Arnold and Nyambe v Branagan might be close. Mick Rathbone - yes every time!

id`e have to have nyambe over branagan,as good as he was a defender,jim used to treat the halfway line like an electrified fence

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10 minutes ago, grinder said:

Is the bearded Villa player Dennis Mortimer? there weren''t as many beards around in those days!

 Yes definitely. Beards were an oddity in those days. Very good player and driving force behind that great Villa team that won the European Cup. 

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7 hours ago, WIR Second Coming said:

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!

The Keith Fear thing always makes me smile - got on to the Longside 20 mins late Rovers 2 up - no one could see much and everyone around saying Jack Lewis is unrecognisable today - they hadn't realised we had signed Fear on loan - from that  distance they looked similar !1818608165_keithfear.jpg.e9d61683f0219dd07949cfb8f29230f3.jpgjack-lewis-grimsby-town-fc-footballer-box-707-6030816120-a-jpg-shutterstock-editorial-5900633a.thumb.jpg.d863c0ab8b255d1e3523ae562f243c65.jpg

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10 minutes ago, jim mk2 said:

 Yes definitely. Beards were an oddity in those days. Very good player and driving force behind that great Villa team that won the European Cup. 

yes I remember him as seriously good player in an excellent Villa team - the only other beards that come to mind immediatelyaround then  were Frank Lampard and Bob Latchford - im sure there must have been others..

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1 minute ago, grinder said:

yes I remember him as seriously good player in an excellent Villa team - the only other beards that come to mind immediatelyaround then  were Frank Lampard and Bob Latchford - im sure there must have been others..

When I first started watching there was only one - Jimmy Hill.

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4 minutes ago, grinder said:

yes I remember him as seriously good player in an excellent Villa team - the only other beards that come to mind immediatelyaround then  were Frank Lampard and Bob Latchford - im sure there must have been others..

Trevor Hockey - Birmingham and Wales IIRC had a beard too. Dirty barsteward

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1 minute ago, jim mk2 said:

Trevor Hockey - Birmingham and Wales IIRC had a beard too. Dirty barsteward

Good little player though. I remember him getting sent off at Ewood when a sending off had to be earned. He'd kicked everybody at least once in a really feisty game.

Jan 20th 1968. Rovers 1 Big Club 2. Att 17,934

Rovers

Blacklaw

Newton, Coddington, Mulvaney, Wilson

Ferguson, Rogers, Hole, Connelly

Gilliver, Darling.

Scorer -  Connelly.

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Just now, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Good little player though. I remember him getting sent off at Ewood when a sending off had to be earned. He'd kicked everybody at least once in a really feisty game.

Jan 20th 1968. Rovers 1 Big Club 2. Att 17,934

Rovers

Blacklaw

Newton, Coddington, Mulvaney, Wilson

Ferguson, Rogers, Hole, Connelly

Gilliver, Darling.

Scorer -  Connelly.

It must have been mildly amusing for the opposition as Gilliver shouted 'Darling' when he wanted the ball. 

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54 minutes ago, oldjamfan1 said:

Lots of happy memories in those teams. That 87/88 team didn’t feature wee Ossie too many times though, to be fair. Would it have been Nicky Reid or Alan Ainscow in that sl

 

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53 minutes ago, oldjamfan1 said:

Lots of happy memories in those teams. That 87/88 team didn’t feature wee Ossie too many times though, to be fair. Would it have been Nicky Reid or Alan Ainscow in that slot mainly?

Yes Reid I think. 

I actually forgot Souness' promoted team when I made the lower league comparison. That team wasn't too shabby...

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36 minutes ago, grinder said:

 Bob Latchford - im sure there must have been others..

The rumour was, Kendall wanted to sign Bob Latchford when we got promoted from division 3, but the board couldn’t find the cash. 

We missed out on promotion to division one by 1 goal.......

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41 minutes ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Good little player though. I remember him getting sent off at Ewood when a sending off had to be earned. He'd kicked everybody at least once in a really feisty game.

Jan 20th 1968. Rovers 1 Big Club 2. Att 17,934

Rovers

Blacklaw

Newton, Coddington, Mulvaney, Wilson

Ferguson, Rogers, Hole, Connelly

Gilliver, Darling.

Scorer -  Connelly.

 Who was the player Fergie elbowed in the face right in front of the referee and the Nuttall Street stand v Coventry, about 1967?  He got sent off - first one I'd ever seen

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2 hours ago, simongarnerisgod said:

id`e have to have nyambe over branagan,as good as he was a defender,jim used to treat the halfway line like an electrified fence

My memory isn't what it was but I'm sure Branagan scored a 30 yard screamer v wolves early 80s. Wind assisted and chucking it down. 

That was after he combed his hair on the way to the goal! 

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11 hours ago, grinder said:

Is the bearded Villa player Dennis Mortimer? there weren''t as many beards around in those days!

Yes, that’s him. I remember him as a great player for both Coventry and Villa. Captained Villa when they won the European Cup. I don’t think he won an England cap.

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10 hours ago, jim mk2 said:

 Who was the player Fergie elbowed in the face right in front of the referee and the Nuttall Street stand v Coventry, about 1967?  He got sent off - first one I'd ever seen

Dietmar Bruck. He been giving Fergie some stick right from the off. The ref didn't seem to be too bothered. Then after another kick on the back of the ankle Fergie swung his arm around and caught Bruck in the face. Nowadays it would be a straight red but in those days most players would have just shrugged it off. Bruck made a meal of it and went down like he'd been shot. That was the first time I saw a player deliberately make a meal of a foul to get an opponent sent off, but unfortunately not the last. What I learnt from that was don't retaliate right away, wait for a later opportunity to even things up a bit. That and throwing your arms around is pointless. 

The first sending off I saw was Mike England at the dingledome, He'd been having a running battle with Andy Lochead all the game, eventually England lost his rag with the constant roughing up and retaliated like Fergie and got the early bath. Lochead was a notorious animal to play against, if he'd have been a boxer he would have had a glove on his head. A very physical player who would leave something in every time there was a coming together.

After that it was the famous Harry Gregg/Mike England incident at Old Trafford. The Trevor Hockey one must have come the season after Fergie getting sent off.

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I know we’ve moved on, but Don Martin finished up playing centre half didn’t he?

Very underrated player IMO. Got better with age.  Excellent technique for a front man, but as others said more of a foil for others, than a goal scorer himself.

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I saw Don Martin having a kick-about with some friends on a Sunday morning in Witton Park the day after a match at Ewood. It would be on a social media now and he'd probably get fined by the club. 

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On 03/02/2021 at 19:59, bazza said:

I know we've moved on from old Blackburn pubs but I just want to ask one question.

I'm not a Blackburn person but in the early 1960s we used to go to the Locarno (Mecca). I seem to remember enjoying the pubs, Jubilee, Vulcan and was it the Peel(?). There was a pub opposite the entrance to the Mecca (name please) and, if you came out of the Mecca, turned right to the main road, turned right again and a few yards down crossed the main road to a large pub. I always called it the St. Leger, but what was its real name?

 

Was it the George Hotel? A Thwaites pub, if memory serves.

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