It was more wonky mishit than a blast yet for me it set in train a most wonderful series of events. I have just read that 79-year-old ex-United keeper Harry Gregg will get a testimonial.
In 1966 I was behind the goal at Bolton when Colin Harvey swiped at the ball, it appeared to strike his ankle before slowly bobbling into the net (it seemed to take ages).
The mishit sent Harry the wrong way and, though he made a desperate attempt to recover his ground, that goal sent us to Wembley and a marvelous 3-2 victory over the Owls. I have marvelous though slightly blurred memories of that weekend in London with mates.
Soon after that, England won the World Cup and I was fortunate to see in the flesh some of the best players ever to have graced the world stage.
Then a few short weeks later, on a lovely warm Saturday I saw the opening game of the 1966-67 season. It was the Charity Shield at Goodison between FA Cup winners Everton and League winners Liverpool.
How proud we were when both sets of players came out of the tunnel holding aloft The World Cup, The FA Cup, the Championship Shield and the Charity Shield. Around their necks the players wore the medals they had won. Those who were part of the England squad also wore World Cup medals.
With the sun glinting on all that gold and silver it made for a wonderful emotional scene that will always be remembered by those who were there.
Midst the excitement it would have been easy to forget that cold drizzly day in Bolton when Harvey?s wobbly old kick proved to be the genesis, for me, of our finest hour.
Bless you Colin and bless you Harry; I hope your testimonial is a success.
Dick Fearon, Posted 30/01/2012 at 11:01:20
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961 Posted 30/01/2012 at 14:38:55
I remember Gregg being very critical of Utd in the way that they discarded their old players without a thank you, especially after his heroic efforts at the scene of the Minich disaster..
983 Posted 30/01/2012 at 16:26:00
Does that happen these days?
987 Posted 30/01/2012 at 16:48:20
008 Posted 30/01/2012 at 17:40:02
009 Posted 30/01/2012 at 18:02:42
030 Posted 30/01/2012 at 18:46:56
039 Posted 30/01/2012 at 19:18:21
049 Posted 30/01/2012 at 19:13:52
054 Posted 30/01/2012 at 19:16:53
065 Posted 30/01/2012 at 19:55:03
066 Posted 30/01/2012 at 19:57:25
075 Posted 30/01/2012 at 20:20:28
Think Gordan West had a blindy. Best, Law & Charlton and we beat them.
Think the TV and pundits had predicted a United & Spurs final. But what a game.
084 Posted 30/01/2012 at 20:39:51
Gordon told me he hasn't had a testimonial and Derek you are correct Alex did have a testimonial.
On the Golden Vision we all wish him a fantastic 75TH birthday on the 3RD February 2012, enjoy your day Alex.
096 Posted 30/01/2012 at 20:54:22
099 Posted 30/01/2012 at 20:55:55
Time is not on our side so Moyes and co will have to pull their fingers out.
As for Colin's 'daisy cutter' at Bolton. He would know more than anyone yet it fooled Gregg and just about everyone else in the ground.
112 Posted 30/01/2012 at 22:13:34
Anyone who has met Gordon will say the same as you.
240 Posted 31/01/2012 at 13:44:43
IIRC Gordon was brought on on a stretcher as a bit of jollity. Hence my senior moment above. Can anyone confirm that bit of theatre?
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