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4 hours ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

Mentioning John Coddington - anybody else see his penalty against Palace ? I still burst out laughing when ever I think of it ! Good job we won though.

Didn’t he have to re-take it and had the same marathon run up and still missed it Tyrone?

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18 hours ago, Stonesrick said:

Didn’t he have to re-take it and had the same marathon run up and still missed it Tyrone?

He had the longest run up to the ball I’ve ever seen by far, Jimmy Anderson fast bowler style. 15 yards to 20 yards, if not more ! He was a really big guy and I though this is going out through the back of the net. He slowed down as he got to the ball and gently side footed the ball straight into the arms of the Palace ‘keeper ! It was like a back pass.

Unbelievably the ref then said “ Take it again “. Why I don’t know. 

Even more unbelievably Coddington did exactly the same thing again with exactly the same end result. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

Later on in the same game the ref gave us another pen, he must have had us down for a home win, and Eamon Rogers slotted it away in style.

 

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43 minutes ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

Just seen this on a Facebook site. Dave Whelan and Ally MacLeod, August 1959. Great photo.

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Yes and look at the Blackburn End behind them.

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57 minutes ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

Just seen this on a Facebook site. Dave Whelan and Ally MacLeod, August 1959. Great photo.

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Brilliant pic Mark. Who was at Ally McLeod’s testimonial game at Somerset Park, Ayr in the early 90s? A rare Nicky Marker goal saw off Alan McInally and his mates. Sadly Ally already had dementia at that point. Had a long old chat with Kenny that night as he played in the same team as my brother-in-law as a youth and that’s who I went to the game with and Kenny remembered him. 

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28 minutes ago, bazza said:

Yes and look at the Blackburn End behind them.

Populated by what looks like three men and a dog 😁😁.

Perhaps an ominous sign for next season.

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13 minutes ago, Tyrone Shoelaces said:

That was the first shirt I ever had. Still my favourite.

Yeah, my favourite is the 1960 cup final shirt, essentially the same but with the badge. I think I’ve had three and they all needed binning because the colours ran after a few washes. One from the club shop and two from Toffs.

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6 minutes ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

Yeah, my favourite is the 1960 cup final shirt, essentially the same but with the badge. I think I’ve had three and they all needed binning because the colours ran after a few washes. One from the club shop and two from Toffs.

I’ve got 3 of those as well. They’re really for show/framing.


I was wearing one to wash the car one Sunday, the one with No 10 in red on the back. Ian Callaghan, the old Liverpool and England player, was seeing a glamorous widow a door or two up from me at the time.

He saw me and said “ A Bryan Douglas fan I see “. He told me what a great player he though Bryan was.

Like a lot of the older players he was a really nice guy with no edge at all. I think the widow wore him out.

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I was just looking through some old “Last Sports “cuttings.

Anybody remember the little cartoon character Sam in the “ Sam Says “ strip that was always in the “ Last Sports “ ?
 

He was a typical old Lancastrian chap with a soup strainer moustache and a flat cap with a big Rovers rosette on his chest.

He always had a pithy remark in broad Blackburnian for right after the game.

One or two -

After we’d beat Sheffield Wednesday easily 3-0 -“ Yon owls played like they’d bin up all neet”.

After a great 5-5 draw with Arsenal -  “ Ah’ve had to check in’t Sports to believe Ah’ve sin such a crackin’ game.

After thrashing Leeds 4-0 in the League Cup - “ I towd tha last weeks win weren’t a fluke “

After a dull 1-1 home draw with bottom club Leyton Orient - “ Trust t’rovers to mek a hash of easy meat “.

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Remember that Centre back who was apparently a bit of a boozer and sometimes donkey?  
 

 

Centre-back: Grant Hanley (Norwich) - 7.19 rating

A key reason for Norwich's title success was their quality in possession having ranked first for both possession (58.3 per cent) and pass success rate (82.8 per cent) with head coach Daniel Farke demanding his defenders play out from the back. Hanley was a key performer in that regard having made more accurate passes (2570) than any other player and yielding the best pass success rate (89.1 per cent) in the division. That said, Hanley was on hand to alleviate pressure on the Norwich goal by any means necessary where required, ranking third for clearances (211).

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1 hour ago, jim mk2 said:

Here's a tough one - the Rovers Central League (reserve) team in July 1965.

Name the players and the chap in the suit

 

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Bloody Hell, Jim!

Mulvaney, Darling, Metcalfe side by side on the back row starting second left, Wilson and Rogers RHS front row. Arthur Fryer in the suit? And the keeper looks in his mid-50s!

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Back row - Reg Blore, Dick Mulvaney, George Jones, Ben Anderson, David Holt, Roland Horrey.

Front row - Mick McGrath, Martin Hall, Mr A. Duckett,  Bob Jones, Billy Wilson, Eamon Rogers.

I knew who the players were but I had to look up who the director in the suit was.

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I've never heard of David Holt and Martin Hall.

We had a centre half in the early 1950s called Bill Holt. I wonder if David is a relation.

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3 hours ago, bazza said:

I've never heard of David Holt and Martin Hall.

We had a centre half in the early 1950s called Bill Holt. I wonder if David is a relation.

David Holt was a centre half who came up through the ranks. He played 5 first team games towards the end of the 1965-66 relegation season and 5 more at the beginning of the following season. I think he came from the North East and I think he packed the game in as a young player to get a proper job.

Martin Hall was a reserve right back who never made it into the first team.

Could like up this -

Jones.

Hall, Mulvaney, Holt, Wilson.

Horrey, McGrath, Rogers.

Blore, Anderson, Jones

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I know a chap who claims to have played for Rovers reserves in the 50s and/or 60s. He never made it to the first team. Hence his name is not in the history books. I wonder if you, Mr Shoelaces, or anyone else has heard of him.

His name is Kevin Livesey. He left football, took up tennis, became a tennis coach and has lived in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for many years.

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2 hours ago, bazza said:

I know a chap who claims to have played for Rovers reserves in the 50s and/or 60s. He never made it to the first team. Hence his name is not in the history books. I wonder if you, Mr Shoelaces, or anyone else has heard of him.

His name is Kevin Livesey. He left football, took up tennis, became a tennis coach and has lived in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia for many years.

Sorry, the 50’s is before my time and I’ve never seen his name mentioned in any stuff from the 60’s. That doesn’t mean he didn’t play. For example 29 players played for that reserve team in the photo in that season.

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8 hours ago, bazza said:

I've never heard of David Holt and Martin Hall.

We had a centre half in the early 1950s called Bill Holt. I wonder if David is a relation.

Sadly, David Holt passed away in September 2020 aged 75.

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