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On 18/04/2021 at 20:03, Gav said:

I drove into Sheffield earlier today and driving past Hillsborough park I see 2 lads wearing the Blue and White halves loud and proud. I have to admit I've seen Rover shirts here before, could be the same lads.

This site has turned into a cauldron of misery, but when you drive into 3rd city and see Rover shirts, everything in the world is great again, lets face it, we could be Wednesday 😟

 

There's quite a few of us here in Sheffield. When I first moved here I went to join the local pub team and I met a fellow Rovers fan playing for them already. Next season when they started a 2nd team, 2 more people turned up in Rovers shirts. During my first week at work a guy wandered across the car part in the kit ...

I've always put it down to the universities, the city attracts people from all over the place.

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4 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Are you sure that’s Ian Lawther Jim ? It looks like Keith Newton to me.

The first game was actually played on March 5th. A 1-1 draw at Ewood. We lost the replay 3-1 to a 2nd Div team on the 11th. Another post 1960 FA Cup flop. Being fair to the team we’d played on the 2nd, 5th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 23rd, 25th, 29th of March that year.

Mick McGrath, John Byrom and Fred Pickering carried the can for the defeat and were  all dropped for the next game. I think Mick asked for a transfer afterwards. He lost his place for more or less the rest of the season, the other two were soon re-instated.

 

You’re thinking of the season after Tyrone. In 61/62 we reached the 6th round after beating Borough in the previous round. We lost to Fulham after an away draw, Jimmy Hill scored in the replay and I’ve never seen a celebration like it. You’d think he had scored the winner in the final and a World Cup final, all at the same time

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4 hours ago, renrag said:

You’re thinking of the season after Tyrone. In 61/62 we reached the 6th round after beating Borough in the previous round. We lost to Fulham after an away draw, Jimmy Hill scored in the replay and I’ve never seen a celebration like it. You’d think he had scored the winner in the final and a World Cup final, all at the same time

That's when me and mates travelled down to Craven Cottage and were invited to join the Fulham supporters in their club after the game. We enjoyed a convivial evening with some lovely friendly girls. That is why Fulham has remained my favourite London football club.

I was on the Blackburn End for the replay and couldn't believe how many around us were cheering Fulham on. We had been infiltrated by a lot of Burnley supporters. It was easy in those days. All you had to do was turn up at the ground and pay your money at the turnstile.

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30 minutes ago, bazza said:

That's when me and mates travelled down to Craven Cottage and were invited to join the Fulham supporters in their club after the game. We enjoyed a convivial evening with some lovely friendly girls. That is why Fulham has remained my favourite London football club.

I was on the Blackburn End for the replay and couldn't believe how many around us were cheering Fulham on. We had been infiltrated by a lot of Burnley supporters. It was easy in those days. All you had to do was turn up at the ground and pay your money at the turnstile.

I remember the Burnley fans turning up. The winners of our game were drawn to play them in the semi final 

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13 minutes ago, renrag said:

I remember the Burnley fans turning up. The winners of our game were drawn to play them in the semi final 

Ah! I had forgotten that.

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1 hour ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

Fans queuing for tickets at Ewood for the FA Cup game v Citeh, February 1969.

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Me and a pal stayed outside the ground all night to get our tickets. We were in the first half a dozen. We’d be on our way home to bed when that photo was taken.

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Swindon away FA Cup 4th Round 1984

A few lads I used to work from Mill Hill say this was a mad away day.

Anyone on the pitch after the goal went in? Pringle jumpers galore, replay jeans and adidas trainers. 

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Rovers fans in Turkey

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Rovers fans at Salzburgh

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23rd November 2006 - Feyenoord away - What a trip, Amsterdam for 3 days was like a night out in Blackburn 80's - 4000 Rovers fans.

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10 hours ago, Gav said:

Swindon away FA Cup 4th Round 1984

A few lads I used to work from Mill Hill say this was a mad away day.

Anyone on the pitch after the goal went in? Pringle jumpers galore, replay jeans and adidas trainers. 

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That was a brilliant day out. Those lads were in the main stand, and got booted out when we scored  and sent to the side terrace where we were.  Think this win set up the home tie against Southampton on BBC live

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On 24/04/2021 at 06:14, Claytons Left Boot said:

Fans queuing for tickets at Ewood for the FA Cup game v Citeh, February 1969.

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Is that a bit of snow to the left of the picture? The game was postponed and played at night the following Tuesday or Wednesday. I remember it as being as cold as I've ever been at Ewood Park.

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4 hours ago, 47er said:

Is that a bit of snow to the left of the picture? The game was postponed and played at night the following Tuesday or Wednesday. I remember it as being as cold as I've ever been at Ewood Park.

Aye and none of the players were wearing gloves. 

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Nah then. Rovers line up for the 1969-70 season

Note no logos, advertising, names or numbers on the front of the kit anywhere.

And this is without doubt the best Rovers kit of all time - absolutely no arguments. Beautiful. 

But can you name the players?

 

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22 hours ago, Gav said:

Swindon away FA Cup 4th Round 1984

A few lads I used to work from Mill Hill say this was a mad away day.

Anyone on the pitch after the goal went in? Pringle jumpers galore, replay jeans and adidas trainers. 

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My brother and I were at this game. We were aged 12 and 13. It was crowded in that side terrace and we couldn't see, so we went down to the front and clambered up to cling to the perimeter fence, as lots of young lads did in those days. 

At half time, the lagered up Rovers lads found they couldn't get to the gents due to the congestion, so they came down to the front and relieved themselves directly below us.

We spent the second half marooned on the fence, with the stench from the river of urine making us gag. Eventually we no choice but to make a leap of faith. My brother, being older, easily cleared the huge puddle but I landed in it and had to wade, ankle deep to safety.

Happy days!

 

 

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4 hours ago, jim mk2 said:

Nah then. Rovers line up for the 1969-70 season

Note no logos, advertising, names or numbers on the front of the kit anywhere.

And this is without doubt the best Rovers kit of all time - absolutely no arguments. Beautiful. 

But can you name the players?

 

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A couple of guesses:

Back: D/K, Conlon, Fryatt, D/K, Martin, Mulvaney

Middle: Hunter, Knighton, Kopel, Barton, Blacklaw, Sharples, Sir Keith

Front: Connelly, Wilson, Hill, Darling, Eamonn, Mekky, Atherton

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7 minutes ago, Exiled in Toronto said:

A couple of guesses:

Back: D/K, Conlon, Fryatt, D/K, Martin, Mulvaney

Middle: Hunter, Knighton, Kopel, Barton, Blacklaw, Sharples, Sir Keith

Front: Connelly, Wilson, Hill, Darling, Eamonn, Mekky, Atherton

 

Pretty good

 

Back: Dewi Atherton, John Coddington, Jim Fryatt, Laurie Calloway, Don Martin,  Dick Mulvaney.

Middle row: Allan Hunter, Ken Knighton, Frank Kopel, John Barton, Adam Blacklaw, George Sharples, Sir Keith.

Front row: John Connelly, Billy Wilson, Brian Hill, Malcolm Darling, Eamonn Rogers, Stuart Metcalfe, Ray Charter.

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1 hour ago, jim mk2 said:

 

Pretty good

 

Back: Dewi Atherton, John Coddington, Jim Fryatt, Laurie Calloway, Don Martin,  Dick Mulvaney.

Middle row: Allan Hunter, Ken Knighton, Frank Kopel, John Barton, Adam Blacklaw, George Sharples, Sir Keith.

Front row: John Connelly, Billy Wilson, Brian Hill, Malcolm Darling, Eamonn Rogers, Stuart Metcalfe, Ray Charter.

Should’ve got Coddington. I was expecting to see Mick Wood but maybe he came through the season after. Never heard of Ray Charter, did he ever play?

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Charter was an Ashton lad who signed as a youth player in January 1968 when he turned 18. He made his debut for us against Oxford at home on Sat March 14th 1970. He kept his place at right back from then until the end of the season. Next season he had several games as a sub and a couple in the No 11 shirt.

He left Rovers in August 1971 to join Stockport County, he played 90 games for them.

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14 hours ago, jim mk2 said:

Nah then. Rovers line up for the 1969-70 season

Note no logos, advertising, names or numbers on the front of the kit anywhere.

And this is without doubt the best Rovers kit of all time - absolutely no arguments. Beautiful. 

But can you name the players?

 

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As I posted on the Blackburn Memories Facebook page when I saw this great photo, I started watching Rovers 2 or so years after this and there were only two of these still in the team by then (The Don and Mecky). There must have been a hell of a clear out over the following 2-3 seasons?

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1 hour ago, oldjamfan1 said:

As I posted on the Blackburn Memories Facebook page when I saw this great photo, I started watching Rovers 2 or so years after this and there were only two of these still in the team by then (The Don and Mecky). There must have been a hell of a clear out over the following 2-3 seasons?

There was some really good players in that squad. Sir Keith was sold to Everton for big bucks and World Cup fame. Alan Hunter went on to great things at Ipswich under Bobby Robson. Ken Knighton, Eamon Rogers and Billy Wilson were top class. 
Laurie Calloway, who went on to big things in the USA, hardly got a game at left back then but was twice as good as Douglas or Bell.

Leaving Sir Keith out of the equation, if you could choose which one of those players who would you like to see in the current team ? Alan Hunter for me, just in front of Ken Knighton.

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1 hour ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

There was some really good players in that squad. Sir Keith was sold to Everton for big bucks and World Cup fame. Alan Hunter went on to great things at Ipswich under Bobby Robson. Ken Knighton, Eamon Rogers and Billy Wilson were top class. 
Laurie Calloway, who went on to big things in the USA, hardly got a game at left back then but was twice as good as Douglas or Bell.

Leaving Sir Keith out of the equation, if you could choose which one of those players who would you like to see in the current team ? Alan Hunter for me, just in front of Ken Knighton.

Hunter, Knighton and Rogers would transform the current team.

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Long story but I got to know Terry Butcher to talk to when he was Motherwell manager as I used to work in the town at that time. He was a smashing bloke and always happy to have a blether. Anyway he told a story about Allan Hunter. Terry said that in his younger days, whenever he played he used to make the sign of the cross for luck before the game kicked off. He had done it all his career and it had become a superstition.  Hunter was injured or suspended for this particular game and was watching from the stand and saw Butcher bless himself. Afterwards he grabbed Terry by the throat and asked him if he was a Catholic. He told him he wasn't, and that he was an English Protestant. When Butcher explained that it was for luck Hunter told him to remember he was a Protestant and he warned him never to do it again or else he would really sort him out.

He said it was just as well he learned that lesson before he signed for Rangers!!

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I met TB on a flight from Cyprus at the time he was at Ibrox. He was a really friendly character and we chatted for a while. I had to tell him how I always admired him as an England player giving his all for the cause on many occasions, but my admiration was severely tested by him signing for the blue noses. He couldn’t understand how a Rovers fan could have a problem with it until I told him that I was born in Glasgow only a stones throw from Ibrox but I was a Celtic follower even though we had moved to Lancashire when I was only 12 months old. 

On the subject of which of the players I would have in the team now; Alan Hunter for me with Eamon Rogers as reserve. 

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18 hours ago, Colt Seavers said:

My brother and I were at this game. We were aged 12 and 13. It was crowded in that side terrace and we couldn't see, so we went down to the front and clambered up to cling to the perimeter fence, as lots of young lads did in those days. 

At half time, the lagered up Rovers lads found they couldn't get to the gents due to the congestion, so they came down to the front and relieved themselves directly below us.

We spent the second half marooned on the fence, with the stench from the river of urine making us gag. Eventually we no choice but to make a leap of faith. My brother, being older, easily cleared the huge puddle but I landed in it and had to wade, ankle deep to safety.

Happy days!

 

 

Picture of that terrace

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