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Chris Sulley couldn't believe how many fans turned up. He said. :Why don't they come every week?"

I was sitting next to a lovely oldish couple who lived in Devon, didn't follow football but originated in Blackburn. They had travelled up to London all that distance just to support the Rovers. Amazing.

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53 minutes ago, den said:

Mike England with his wife Gwen Sept ‘64.

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The river Darwen doesn't look so good now.

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I wonder where that was taken. It could be a canal somewhere. It looks too wide for a canal.

The River Stour in Constable country between Suffolk and Essex is like this. There must be lots of British rivers like this.

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51 minutes ago, bazza said:

I wonder where that was taken. It could be a canal somewhere. It looks too wide for a canal.

The River Stour in Constable country between Suffolk and Essex is like this. There must be lots of British rivers like this.

The text that came with it said it was in Blackburn.

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2 hours ago, den said:

The text that came with it said it was in Blackburn.

Probably the canal then.

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This must be the all star eleven who played in Ronnie Clayton’s testimonial. It was a testament to Ronnie when you see who came to honour the great man. 

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Dave Mackay, Bobby Moore, Alan Kelly Snr, Eamonn,  Don’t know (any ideas?), Denis Law, Geoff Hurst, Sir Keith, Roger Hunt, Fred P, Mike E.

Just can’t work out the guy between Eamonn and Denis Law.

 

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1 hour ago, Stonesrick said:

Dave Mackay, Bobby Moore, Alan Kelly Snr, Eamonn,  Don’t know (any ideas?), Denis Law, Geoff Hurst, Sir Keith, Roger Hunt, Fred P, Mike E.

Just can’t work out the guy between Eamonn and Denis Law.

 

It’s not Ronnie’s brother is it?

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23 minutes ago, oldjamfan1 said:

It’s not Ronnie’s brother is it?

No, Ken didn't play again after breaking his leg in '57/'58 against Middlesbrough (I think(. I'm good mates with his son and often go to away games together,

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2 hours ago, Stonesrick said:

Dave Mackay, Bobby Moore, Alan Kelly Snr, Eamonn,  Don’t know (any ideas?), Denis Law, Geoff Hurst, Sir Keith, Roger Hunt, Fred P, Mike E.

Just can’t work out the guy between Eamonn and Denis Law.

 

Derek Temple - ?

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20 minutes ago, darrenrover said:

I think that's a great shout ARA

Great player. I really liked watching him play. Saw him a few times in my younger days on trips to Goodison with mates.

Long term memory is still functioning ok. I just forgot about last nights game!

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2 hours ago, AllRoverAsia said:

Great player. I really liked watching him play. Saw him a few times in my younger days on trips to Goodison with mates.

Long term memory is still functioning ok. I just forgot about last nights game!

Your lucky!

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12 hours ago, darrenrover said:

No, Ken didn't play again after breaking his leg in '57/'58 against Middlesbrough (I think(. I'm good mates with his son and often go to away games together,

I knew Neil as a youngster, was in the same school class as Lynne

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When I posted the pic I could not name the player between Eamon and Denis Law either. I don’t think that’s Derek Temple though. Having said that, at first glance I thought Denis Law was Tommy Gemmell.

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1 hour ago, Ianrally said:

When I posted the pic I could not name the player between Eamon and Denis Law either. I don’t think that’s Derek Temple though. Having said that, at first glance I thought Denis Law was Tommy Gemmell.

There is a very near likeness. Tommy Gemmell smile with Dennis Law hair do.

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50 minutes ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

I’m pretty sure that is Tommy Gemmell and not Denis Law. My immediate impression of the other mystery player was Bobby Moncur of Newcastle United.

It looks like Moncur too!

We need a copy of the match programme!

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3 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

I’m pretty sure that is Tommy Gemmell and not Denis Law. My immediate impression of the other mystery player was Bobby Moncur of Newcastle United.

I think you’re right with Tommy Gemmell, TS. My first guess for the other player was Terry Paine but Bobby Moncur seems to fit the bill.

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Just to cheer us all up can I just remind everyone that it was on Easter Saturday 1963 that I saw the finest goal I’ve ever seen scored in the flesh.

The scorer was Bryan Douglas of course. The game was against West Brom at Ewood.

Here’s what Alf Thornton had to say about it in that evenings “ Last Sports “. -

 

“ At 80 minutes DOUGLAS brought the house down with a wonder goal such as only he of present day footballers can score. He picked the ball up on his wing at the half way line, shrugged off attempted tackles by Clark and Bannister, went inside at speed and beat Williams, Jones and Fairfax with beautiful body swerves as though they did not exist before crashing in a terrific drive.

The Rovers players dashed to congratulate him and the crowd gave him a standing ovation “.

I was right behind the goals at the Darwen End and I had a birdseye view of the run from start to finish. It really was an amazing goal and I consider myself really blessed to have been there to see it. Alf’s report doesn’t really do it justice to be honest. Dougie was at genius level with the ball at his feet.

There can’t be many of us left now that actually witnessed it, the gate was only 11,451 that afternoon.

This was the day after we’d beaten a good Sheffield Wed team 3-0 at Ewood in front of a gate of 14,361.

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6 hours ago, AllRoverAsia said:

It looks like Moncur too!

We need a copy of the match programme!

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Looks like another trip into the loft for darrenrover! ....(I've got both programmes for Ronnie's and Duggie's Testemonials) 

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Out in my shed this afternoon, radio on....on come's Dorris Day with a classic:

"She wore, she wore, she wore a blue and white ribbon, she wore a blue and white ribbon in the merry month of May, and when I asked, her why she wore that ribbon, she said it's for The Rovers and we're going to Wembley......Wembley, Wembley, we're the famous Blackburn Rovers and we're going to Wembley. Wembley....."

If only, eh lads?....

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