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Everything posted by renrag

  1. Neither did I. I was just happy for them to be where we’ve never been
  2. Any kit which doesn’t reverse the blue and white on the back is not a good kit
  3. Another thing about the Ewood game. The penalty was just before half time, Hendry’s header was immediately after the restart, which should have made the score 2-0 with eleven men on the pitch.
  4. There was a perfect example of that scenario in the World Cup, when Erickson had his cardiac arrest. The referee took the players off and it restarted from the time the game stopped
  5. 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
  6. A friend of mine went to a sportsman’s dinner a few years later and Wolstenholme was the speaker. He was asked if he had rehearsed those lines. He replied that he had, and that he had been up till after midnight the night before, with Geoff Hurst, to work out the scenario.
  7. I don’t understand why they couldn’t have used last seasons shirts. Obviously there is no respect for the club’s tradition
  8. The Law says If an extra ball, other object or animal enters the field of play during the match, the referee must stop the match only if it interferes with play. Play is restarted with a dropped ball from the position of the match ball when play was stopped etc etc
  9. The punishment for obstruction, at that time, was the award of an indirect free kick in the penalty area. As an aside, my view is that removing the requirement of intent by an offending player, has encouraged players to exaggerate any kind of contact. In the previous interpretation, the referee would have had no doubt that the Danish player had no intention to trip, therefore no penalty
  10. 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”
  11. Mick McGrath front 1st left, keeper is Bob Jones and Eric Bell back row extreme right Edit: back row 1st left could be Reg Blore
  12. It’s Tony’s 72nd birthday tomorrow. Hope he has a wonderful day and is aware his family are around him
  13. All of them signed by the ginger one and Tarkowski once a junior at Ewood
  14. I remember the Burnley fans turning up. The winners of our game were drawn to play them in the semi final
  15. 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
  16. Does that mean 20k reads of the letter or of the thread? For example, I signed on the first day it came up, but have viewed the thread many times since.
  17. Not sure you’re right about Sharpe, I believe his hands are tied by his employers.
  18. Just caught up with this and it says everything that needs saying. I wonder if any of the nationals would be interested. If so it would certainly put the Telegraph to shame.
  19. Another thing about then and today’s molly coddled footballers. Bryan Douglas’ wife went into early labour after arriving in London on the Friday. Bryan was given permission to visit her in the maternity ward but he had to get there and back by bus and be at the team hotel by 12, to join the coach for Wembley
  20. Your dad’s aversion to Matthews might have had something to do with Bill Eckersley’s testimonial. Matthews had agreed to play and then pulled out at the last minute, allegedly because he wanted a fee
  21. I join in the Rovers Trust/AgeUK zoom meeting (for ancient fans) every week, and nothing has been mentioned on there. Although, admittedly, that sort of thing is not really the object of the meetings
  22. 287 votes in total! Not much publicity about that ballot then.
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