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7 hours ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

I thinks that’s Peter Dobing nearest the ball but not sure who the other two Rovers players are.

Left is either Vernon or Douglas. Middle is either Ken Taylor or Tommy Johnstone.

Looks like McGrath or Dave Whelan in the background.

I think it's Douglas, Johnstone, Whelan.

I think The Valley held about 75 thousand in those days.

And the Charlton player could be either Eddie Firmani or George Robledo.

Couldn't have been Robledo. He played for Newcastle Utd.

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7 hours ago, Claytons Left Boot said:

Charlton Athletic away on 26th April 1958 and Rovers win 4-3 to return to the Top Flight. A photo I’ve not knowingly seen before and one Infound recently on Facebook.

I was 26 days old, still in Queens Park on an incubator, so couldn’t make the game..😆

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Part-timer! 

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2 hours ago, Ianrally said:

Seven days earlier Ronnie and Duggie were playing for England v Scotland at Hampden. England won 4-0 with Duggie scoring the first. 

I went to that game with a RAF mate and spent the weekend at his place in Rutherglen. Douglas was unplayable and when we got back home, his dad was apoplectic and raged “We’ve put up with Matthews all these years and now you’ve got bloody Douglas”. The headline on the back page of the Scottish Sunday Express just said “BLACK DOUGLAS”

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On 31/05/2021 at 20:15, renrag said:

I went to that game with a RAF mate and spent the weekend at his place in Rutherglen. Douglas was unplayable and when we got back home, his dad was apoplectic and raged “We’ve put up with Matthews all these years and now you’ve got bloody Douglas”. The headline on the back page of the Scottish Sunday Express just said “BLACK DOUGLAS”

I remember that headline. Duggie played them off the park and my Scottish relatives thought Douglas was better than Matthews. 

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@47er I’ve just read that you attended the 1960 cup final? If you get the time can you give us a flavour of the day?

How did you travel down? Football special? Coach or car?
Where did you stand/sit? 

Id love to hear your account of the day or anyone else’s for that matter.

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There were a number of special trains. I think a couple went on the Friday night to Euston, then on Saturday morning there were two specials to Wembley Central returning straight after the game. We went on one that went very early doors  Saturday morning into Euston and returned round about 11pm. The fare (probably less than £2) included the tube to and from Wembley. The journey down was brilliant, everybody on top of the world and confident of a good result. 
It was the first visit to Wembley for most in our group, so got there quite early to soak up the atmospheres and greeting the players when they came out in their Wembley suits. That was as good as it got. Dougan’s ego letting down the club, his team-mates and the fans when he declared himself fit, when he was obviously carrying a hamstring strain. Then the own goal and Whelans horrible iinjury put paid to any hopes of lifting the cup. We were sat on bench type seats 3 or 4 rows from the front, just where Whelan broke his leg. 
The night in London was one of the most miserable you could imagine. All we seemed to see was gold and black, with Wolves fans celebrating wherever we went. Eleven o clock couldn’t come quick enough. Needless to say the journey back to Blackburn didn’t inspire any conversations, it was just as miserable as the night in London had been. 
After Crystal Palace it is the worst experience of my Rovers times

 

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18 hours ago, Gav said:

@47er I’ve just read that you attended the 1960 cup final? If you get the time can you give us a flavour of the day?

How did you travel down? Football special? Coach or car?
Where did you stand/sit? 

Id love to hear your account of the day or anyone else’s for that matter.

Sorry Gav--only just spotted this. My experience was exactly the same as Renrag's and I've spent the last 60-odd years trying to get over the disappointment of it. 

As a kid, I dreamed of going to Wembley to watch Rovers win the FA Cup just as my Dad had in 1928, a day he often talked about to me.

Like Renrag we went by special train---full of enthusiasm and hope, packed with Rovers fans all feeling the same way. We returned like a defeated army, full of dejection, hope crushed.

It was a cruel,cruel day, the worst of my life. In that heat we had no chance of surviving with 10 men which we were down to in the first 30 seconds, effectively anyway, with Dougan on one leg. Given that we also lost Whelan to a broken leg and McGrath scored an own goal that was one hell of a first half and I would happily have gone home there and then.

I sat high up in the stand, just left of the centre line with Rovers fans packed behind the goals to my left.

Had a perfect view of Dobing missing a sitter early on, the only chance I remember we had.

Profound effects for the club, thousands who couldn't get a ticket never set foot in Ewood again.

Then, as now, the Club was architect of its own disaster. 

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12 hours ago, Gav said:

@47er @renrag
 

Thanks very much gents, great reads, appreciate you both taking the time.

Ive always thought getting to the final was the reward, whatever happens on the day I’d accept, but that clearly is very different in practice.

 

Absolutely, Gav. Just remember the Spurs fans who were "gutted" after we beat them in Cardiff. They had won a tougher game (on paper) in the semi-final 5-1(?). They expected to thrash us in the final, especially with us having so many good players unavailable through injury or suspension. No Short. No Tugay. We had to play Tiny Taylor at full back and Mark Hughes in midfield.

Now the 1960 cup run saw us scrape through the 4th round against Blackpool by the skin of our teeth. Then we proceeded to beat 3 of the best 4 teams in the league, Spurs, Burnley and Sheff Wed to get to the final. Wolves were the other of the 4 best teams. They would have won the cup and league double had it not been for Burnley becoming champions.

I was so proud of Rovers that year. The debacle of the final hurt that much more.

And, before anyone asks, me and my dad watched it at home on television.

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