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2 hours ago, jim mk2 said:

Rovers forward John Byrom walking down the street where he lived at the time, John Bright Street in Blackburn, also the street of where Fred Pickering once lived.

Picture date December 1964.

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A good example of why "never go back": you more often than not fail in attempting to relive former glories.

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13 hours ago, jim mk2 said:

Rovers forward John Byrom walking down the street where he lived at the time, John Bright Street in Blackburn, also the street of where Fred Pickering once lived.

Picture date December 1964.

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He was a class act Jim, Bobby Moore rated him as one of the players who always gave him a hard time. He specialised in scoring hat tricks against West Ham. It was real mistake selling him to Bolton when we did. For modern fans reading this he was in the style of Matt Jansen.

He was playing and scoring for Rovers in the old First Division when he was 17.

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On 22/02/2021 at 01:03, darrenrover said:

'Love your women and drink your beer', went down a treat: she was even singing along!🤣

Funny thing is though, we've spent a lot of time in North Carolina over the years and 'shag' is actually a Carolinian dance:

First time I encountered it was in 1980 as a Freshman at my first shin dig: A rather attractive, tall, blond, Southern belle sauntered up to me and asked "Would you like to shag?" I was gobsmacked and thought bloody hell, she's a bit forward and said, "sorry love no thanks, I'm just going out for a fag" Then all my mates thought I was batting for the other side!....Funny thing the English language!

I can't do links but if you look up " Mr Bus Driver " by Bruce Channel on youtube there's a video by MrShaggerDJ. The video has a cartoon image of couples doing " The Shag " towards the end of the video. It's out of my league dancing wise.

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12 minutes ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

I can't do links but if you look up " Mr Bus Driver " by Bruce Channel on youtube there's a video by MrShaggerDJ. The video has a cartoon image of couples doing " The Shag " towards the end of the video. It's out of my league dancing wise.

All these years and all the women wanted to do was dance ! Who'd have thought it.

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2 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

He was a class act Jim, Bobby Moore rated him as one of the players who always gave him a hard time. He specialised in scoring hat tricks against West Ham. It was real mistake selling him to Bolton when we did. For modern fans reading this he was in the style of Matt Jansen.

John Byrom is a legend to Bolton supporters, too. One of their greats.

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4 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

He was a class act Jim, Bobby Moore rated him as one of the players who always gave him a hard time. He specialised in scoring hat tricks against West Ham. It was real mistake selling him to Bolton when we did. For modern fans reading this he was in the style of Matt Jansen.

I was eight years old when I started going to Ewood in 1966. We had just sold Byrom to Bolton but, at that age, I was unaware of that. My uncle used to take me, as my dad had no real interest in football.

A few years later, I started going on my own and gradually got to the age when I followed the lads away. When we played Bolton, especially away, I used to dread Byrom being in their line up. I knew he was a prolific striker but still blissfully unaware of his previous status at Rovers. As you say, a real mistake selling him. We may well have gone straight back up with him in the side. We’ll never know.

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4 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

He was a class act Jim, Bobby Moore rated him as one of the players who always gave him a hard time. He specialised in scoring hat tricks against West Ham. It was real mistake selling him to Bolton when we did. For modern fans reading this he was in the style of Matt Jansen.

He was playing and scoring for Rovers in the old First Division when he was 17.

Johnny B had the knack of saving his energy for the important moments in the box instead of charging around like a headless chicken, giving the impression they are putting a shift in without achieving much.

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1 hour ago, perthblue02 said:

Was looking for something else (see Watford game thread) and came across this picture which I have not seen before. A beauty of a away kit with the white patch red rose badge.

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Bristol Rovers away 12/3/ 1974 Lost 3-0

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I think this may have been a rearranged game after the original was called off a couple of hours before kick off because of a waterlogged pitch. They turned the League Liner Rovers fans train back half way to Bristol.

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1 hour ago, oldjamfan1 said:

I think this may have been a rearranged game after the original was called off a couple of hours before kick off because of a waterlogged pitch. They turned the League Liner Rovers fans train back half way to Bristol.

I remember BobbyGould getting a hat trick against us ,think that was a couple of years later though...

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4 hours ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

I was eight years old when I started going to Ewood in 1966. We had just sold Byrom to Bolton but, at that age, I was unaware of that. My uncle used to take me, as my dad had no real interest in football.

A few years later, I started going on my own and gradually got to the age when I followed the lads away. When we played Bolton, especially away, I used to dread Byrom being in their line up. I knew he was a prolific striker but still blissfully unaware of his previous status at Rovers. As you say, a real mistake selling him. We may well have gone straight back up with him in the side. We’ll never know.

Well we had Martin Britt, who had been a top prospect, who we'd signed the previous season but he came with a serious knee injury which finished his career before Xmas of that year. We signed Alan Gilliver, who came with a big reputation, but unbeknown to Rovers he had disc problems. To sign Gilliver we sold Byrom. Neither of Britt or Gilliver hit the heights, all the while Byrom was banging them in for Bolton. He was past his best when he came back to Rovers.

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5 hours ago, perthblue02 said:

Was looking for something else (see Watford game thread) and came across this picture which I have not seen before. A beauty of a away kit with the white patch red rose badge.

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Bristol Rovers away 12/3/ 1974 Lost 3-0

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John Waddington on the left and Faz on the right but who is the one in the middle?

Smash and Grab playing for the Gas are also in the picture.

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2 hours ago, Leonard Venkhater said:

I thought it was Mick Heaton?

I thought that as well. Trying the new technique of flying towards the ball.

Here's your choices -

Bradshaw

Heaton, Waddington, Fazackerly, Hutchins.

Metcalfe, Martin, Parkes,

Napier, Endean, Field.

Sub - Not used.

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18 hours ago, perthblue02 said:

Was looking for something else (see Watford game thread) and came across this picture which I have not seen before. A beauty of a away kit with the white patch red rose badge.

link :

Bristol Rovers away 12/3/ 1974 Lost 3-0

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Was that the era of Smash and Grab (Warboys and Bannister) for Bristol ?

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47 minutes ago, rigger said:

Was that the era of Smash and Grab (Warboys and Bannister) for Bristol ?

It was Jack. I used to be so envious of them for having two regular goal scorers like them. They always seemed to score against us too.

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On 23/02/2021 at 14:29, perthblue02 said:

Was looking for something else (see Watford game thread) and came across this picture which I have not seen before. A beauty of a away kit with the white patch red rose badge.

link :

Bristol Rovers away 12/3/ 1974 Lost 3-0

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Looks like the current Ewood pitch, only a bit better.

Mick Heaton. Mighty dynamo - about 5'3" at full stretch.. Faz looking suitably shocked...

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31 minutes ago, WIR Second Coming said:

Looks like the current Ewood pitch, only a bit better.

Mick Heaton. Mighty dynamo - about 5'3" at full stretch.. Faz looking suitably shocked...

5'3" of winning mentality.

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27 minutes ago, rigger said:

5'3" of winning mentality.

For sure! And before anyone says we are looking at past players through gimmer-rimmed rose tinted specs, Mick Heaton could have played our current first team squad single handed, and beaten ten balls of sh1t out of the lot of em, just with his attitude and gumption.

Sounds like an idea for a gloom lifting thread coming on - smallest players to play for Rovers' first 11...

Andy (I'll knee you in your bollox when you're 90) Crawford springs to mind - all 3'7" of him ...

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1 minute ago, WIR Second Coming said:

For sure! And before anyone says we are looking at past players through gimmer-rimmed rose tinted specs, Mick Heaton could have played our current first team squad single handed, and beaten ten balls of sh1t out of the lot of em, just with his attitude and gumption.

Sounds like an idea for a gloom lifting thread coming on - smallest players to play for Rovers' first 11...

Andy (I'll knee you in your bollox when you're 90) Crawford springs to mind - all 3'7" of him ...

Johnny Price is still one of my all time favourites!

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