I thought of the following:
· Alan Ball taking a penalty in the last minute against Ipswich when the score was 2-2 and although the ball ended in the net, it was disallowed (tester: why?)
· Albert Dunlop saving a penalty with his legs by actually sitting on the ball (which match was that? – I have my thoughts but am unsure)
· Ernie Hunt’s donkey kick when we lost 4-2 at Coventry
· Paolo di Canio catching the ball from a cross when Paul Gerrard was lying injured on the floor and he had every chance to score
· A foggy night match in the sixties against Aston Villa when we won 4-2 but hardly anyone in the crowd saw all the goals. If I remember rightly, the referee got injured in that match, a linesman took over and someone connected with Everton ran the line!
· Floodlight failure at White Hart Lane in our Championship winning season (69-70) when the match was poised at 0-0. We won the re-arranged game 1-0.
· A match at Goodison against Leeds when the referee took the teams off the pitch to let both sides cool down
· A Howard Kendall goal against Chelsea in 1970 after 13 seconds in a match that we went on to win 5-2
There must be plenty others which would make for good stories... Anyone got any to share? I must admit that I can’t think of too many involving Everton in the recent past – which might corroborate the idea that nostalgia isn't what it used to be!
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1 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:14:08
2 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:16:30
Kevin Sheedy took a free kick from the right outside the box attacking the Park End goal. He scored into the top right corner.
The referee disallowed the goal and made Sheedy take it again.
I said to my sister, we were in the top balcony, "bet he puts it in the opposite corner"
Sheeds duly obliged with a perfect bender into the top left!
3 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:21:05
Duncan MacKenzie waiting for the ball from the enclosure to take a throw in so he could scrounge, and actually take a drag of, a fag versus Stoke - late 70’s.
Alan Ball sitting on the ball v Southampton
Andy King being hassled off the pitch by a gobshite policeman after the derby win in 78.
4 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:27:21
Same season that the shite took a coach load!
5 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:23:52
Tim’s drop of his shoulder to score against Newcastle and secure 4th.
Ferguson’s header to turn back the clock 10 years.
Franny Jeffers missed header from 2 yards in the last minute against Chelsea.
Clattenberg’s Derby will forever be in every Evertonian’s memory, like the Clive Thomas incident.
6 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:20:57
The greatest memory for me was in the 1966 Cup Final, Everton winning 3-2, injury time and Jimmy Gabriel dribbles the ball to the corner flag and keeps it there for about 15 mins,he then turns to the Everton supporters and raises his arms, I was about 25 yds away from it and swear he was looking straight into my eyes when he did it, fantastic memory but I cant find video of it anywhere.
7 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:29:18
Slightly less nobly, I also remember Don Hutchison pretended to hump an opponent when he fell on top of him, think it was near the corner flag of Gwladys Street and Main Stand.
8 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:28:28
I recall that game against Ipswich likewise, a very bad tempered affair. They had a big galoot of a centre forward called Ray Crawford who scored for them late on.
As a memorable match, though, for me it has to be the Saturday evening win over that lot in the cup in 1967. What a night!
9 Posted 17/03/2010 at 11:42:21
Still at school (Cardinal Allen) and the weeks before the game were unbelievable, not evil the way it is now, but the local papers and national papers really made this game even more important, my school split down the middle, pupils teachers, going to the game was strange, but electric because both grounds were in use so both sets of supporters going basically the same way.
Goodison was magical, 66,000 I think with 40,000 at Anfield Road (highest ever gate for FA cup outside Wembley/Cardiff ?)
When Bally scored the ground exploded, you could cut the atmosphere with a hatchet.
We played Notts Forest next round, lost 2-3, daylight robbery, Rankin in goal, Storey Moore hatrick lastminute winner, Husband two for us.
I swear to this day that a special edition Echo came out after the end of the game,same night, no one believes me!! Any supporters ?
10 Posted 17/03/2010 at 12:10:58
The score was 0-0 until near the end and
then their goalkeeper let one in.
1-0 to Everton and so it remained until the final whistle. Ferenc Puskas (a legend in his own right) was their Manager. He was so furious with his goalie that he sprinted onto the pitch and clobbered him right under the goalposts!
Puskas was renowned for his pace and
believe you me, he could shift as a manager too!
11 Posted 17/03/2010 at 12:17:25
Tony, the unpunished kung fu attack on Neville by Kuyt, is the one incident above all that stands out for me from that derby (above all the others)
Larry, you’re spot on with the penalty answer. And, Alan, Ray Crawford had actually "scored" one of the Ipswich goals by punching the ball into the net. Amazingly it stood!
3-0 against West ham is how I remembered the Dunlop penalty save by the way.
Incidentally I was a Blue at Anfield for the 67 Cup tie and it was a very windy night - so much so that the big screen near me in the Kemlyn road actually ripped! The reason there were "only " 40,000 there was because of the position of the multiple screens.
Some other unforgettables - Unsworth and Fowler having a right scrap in front of the family enclosure - no handbags there! The Sandy Brown OG against Liverpool, the Southall half time sit down protest, a Latchford goal for Swansea being loudly cheered at Goodison.
I suppose there can’t be equivalent nostalgia (yet) for more recent incidents
12 Posted 17/03/2010 at 12:39:28
13 Posted 17/03/2010 at 12:45:52
We then played the horrors at OT on Saturday in a semi final and went out, a definng week for Everton football club if ever there was one. I think Labone went off injured at half time with us 1-0 up.
14 Posted 17/03/2010 at 12:54:41
And of course there’s Graeme Sharp’s wonder goal.
15 Posted 17/03/2010 at 13:06:12
My own favourite (just for utter irony and stupidity) was Lee Carsleys horror tackle on our own Tim Cahill against Aston Villa putting him out for about 6 months, the ref’s face was a picture i’m sure he wanted to send Carsley off but with fouling his own player he couldn’t.
16 Posted 17/03/2010 at 13:49:01
About 2/3 seasons ago at stamford bridge, Howard hoofed it long and cahill was like 10 yards offside about 35 yards out. Outta nowhere, he overhead kicked it and it scorched in at blisterin pace. Absoloutely stunning goal but he new it was offside before he did it. ( Not the 1-1 last min from mcfadens cross )
My manc brother remembers seein it but nobody else does?
17 Posted 17/03/2010 at 14:11:37
18 Posted 17/03/2010 at 14:33:40
I remember very well Sandy Browns brilliant diving header into ’our net’ against Liverpool and Vernon after sending Gaskell the Man Utd goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot took the time to point the ball out to the hapless goalie !! We were five nil up at half time in that game.
I remember Jimmy Harris scoring four against Spurs in London when we went down TEN...FOUR !!
I remember my first game for Southport against Rochdale when I was marking Eddie Wainwright who a few seasons before played for EFC...
The tension of watching Inter get a draw at Goodison then beat us one nil in Italy when Jairzino got the only goal and Colin Harvey made his debut.
All great memories good and bad.
19 Posted 17/03/2010 at 16:02:50
Also does anyone remember in the late 80’s / early 90’s when we went to Southampton and were 4 - 0 after about 30 mins....A great score but the game was dead
20 Posted 17/03/2010 at 16:33:33
21 Posted 17/03/2010 at 16:17:44
The Crawford ’goal’ - I remember a report saying that the ref was the only person in the ground who didn’t see the handball.
And against Keflavik, Royle and co banging six in, but West throwing a strop when he got a bit of bird from the Gladwys for letting a soft one in.
Speaking of Gordon - when he wrote to Alf Ramsey to say he didn’t want to be considered for Mexico, not to be outdone, my mate Frank wrote to the Ellesmere Port Pioneer to declare that he didn’t want to be included in the squad either.
An interesting note about West - the first first division game he ever saw, he was playing in.
And, of course, it would have been him in goal against W Germany, not Peter Bonetti had he gone to the finals.
22 Posted 17/03/2010 at 16:49:41
23 Posted 17/03/2010 at 17:24:34
I went to see EFC versus Stoke in November 1963 which had all sorts of other things going on:
1. President Kennedy was assainated the day before: during the silence, a man in the top deck of the old Goodison Road top tier shouted out "Long live Kruschov" and was bundled out. He was incourt on Monday morning with an interesting defence to a breach of the peace as "It was meant as a term of respect for another world leader!"
2. Tony Kay scored in a 2-0 win, a couple of months before being exposed in the Bribery Scandal at Sheffs Weds.
3. Stanley Matthews aged 49 was playing for Stoke
4. First match with scaffolding behind goals to stop missiles being thrown, at the end of the season these were converted to the arcs in the perimeter wall at both ends.
5. Sunday Express carried Giles cartoon showing the family going to the game in an armoured vehicle at Goodison [with FA Warning notices on the walls] and Grandma stood on the corner shouting, "Chickens!" [I think I have a scan of that cartoon somehwere]
6. My Dad was on the front row seats of the Bullens Road stand... while I had the dubious pleasure of being in the Boy’s pen for the first time in my life!
24 Posted 17/03/2010 at 17:36:25
EFC 1 Red Shite 0 [FA Cup 1967] go now to
to see the grainy b+w film of the night and the goal...
25 Posted 17/03/2010 at 17:46:49
26 Posted 17/03/2010 at 17:38:24
When Bally scored, the person standing next to me grabbed me and kissed me full on the face. To this day don’t know if it was a boy or a girl! Come to think of it , it may have been my first kiss.
27 Posted 17/03/2010 at 18:58:51
Did you see Matthews at Goodison when he must have been about 49? He’d lost his pace but didn’t waste a ball. My Dad used to say that Stoke would always say that Matthews was fit and would play just to put a couple of thousand on the gate such was his popularity.
And there was a cartoon following the dart that was thrown at Spurs keeper Bill Brown(?) showing a Zulu spear stuck in his goal post. I think the dart incident was responsible for the erecting of the scaffolding,and later the arcs, behind the goals.
Too much information, there, son, too much information...
28 Posted 17/03/2010 at 19:02:04
29 Posted 17/03/2010 at 19:31:30
30 Posted 17/03/2010 at 19:35:03
31 Posted 17/03/2010 at 19:35:24
Not one for the record, but it must have been 86 or thereabouts. A mate, Mackem, came with me to watch a good game of football. Standing in the Paddock, Trevor Steven, right before our eyes, took it down, right foot, flipped to his left as a full blooded challenge was hitting him from the front. And calmly played the ball to a colleague to his left.
My mate said something like - whatever it cost, no matter what, that was full value for for the ride. And he was right.
32 Posted 17/03/2010 at 19:40:55
The Bally penalty question. Colin Harvey was about to finish off the rebound when he was pushed out of the way by Alan.
Johnnie Morrisey scoring our 4th at Anfield. He paused over the ball and beckoned Tommy Younger the RS scottish international keeper to come for it. Big Tommy came roaring out and Morrisey cheekily lobbed the ball over his head and into the net.
I found myself dancing in an empty Kop.
33 Posted 18/03/2010 at 15:45:06
Someone of my age may be able to help me on this....in those days kick off times were sacrosanct...3p.m. on a Saturday and 7.30 p.m mid week. But the Stoke game was always 3.15 for some reason. Why ?Or am I imagining this ?
34 Posted 18/03/2010 at 16:10:09
Anyone remember a referee called Roger Kirkpatrick, I think, who had such a funny way of running that the whole crowd used to burst out lin hysterics?
35 Posted 18/03/2010 at 16:32:28
I remember Finney missing a pen against Liverpool in the season Liverpool were relegated...the game was at Anfield and PNE won 5-1..
The Liverpool player who most scared me was Liddell and even today he would have been terrific....I remember Catterick playing and he was pretty average....By the way..the ref in the game when Crawford scored his obvious handball was Maurice Fussey....It was so blatant that I could never forget that particular ref !!!!
I well remember St John’s debut against us and we won 4-3 but St John got a hat trick...Vernon and Gabriel scored two each for us !!
36 Posted 18/03/2010 at 16:38:25
I remember Asa’s goal!
we went loopy in the Glwadys and I lost my specs underfoot!
Got them back but they were wrecked and luckilly I only partly saw their comeback!
we shouldve hammered them that day!
I met Asa and George Wood in the Royal Oak on the way home and they were gutted! Crackin blokes though, especially Georgie! He hated the redshite like a lifelong blue!
37 Posted 18/03/2010 at 16:53:29
Does anyone remeber Paul gascoigne missing an open goal from about 2 yards at the street end for newcastle in 1988. He hit the bar. Southall was nowhere, and he was alone with the ball at his feet. Goes down as one of the greatest misses ive ever seen. It was never captured on tv.
Remember being one of the 3086 at the Millwall Simod cup game later that year. Our lowest ever attendance Iam told. Never missed a game at Goodison in that competition in any of its guises, but my god the attendances were dire.
38 Posted 18/03/2010 at 17:12:27
Yes he did!
It was at the Boleyn Ground and I was there!
39 Posted 18/03/2010 at 17:30:17
I remember it, Matthews had the freedom of the right touchline, Meagan didn’t tackle him once - being the ’gentlemanly’ type.
Imagine being known as the bloke who finished Stan’s career by snapping his spindly legs.
40 Posted 18/03/2010 at 18:17:28
41 Posted 18/03/2010 at 18:27:48
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43 Posted 18/03/2010 at 18:49:44
How about playing Spurs on a Weds afternoon cos we couldn’t use the floodlights due to the 3 day week. Circa 74 I would think. Afternoon off school and off to Goodison, only for it to be a booring 0-0 draw. Honestly, it was nearly as bad as double maths.
Then there was the Man Utd game where the floodlights went out. Contrary to earlier posting from Jeff I think it was Dec 1976 -midweek night game - and we lost 6-2. Wish the bastard lights had stayed off. Remember the Street End singing Silent Night when the ground was in darkness. Macari scored a cracking overhead kick and something in my old, old mind says Gorgon Hill scored a cracker. Stand to be corrected mind.
44 Posted 18/03/2010 at 19:23:57
To be honest, when I’m trying to sort out media hype (God is Becs etc) from real life, sometimes real life loses.
But Pele did miss. Decent player though.
45 Posted 18/03/2010 at 19:27:26
Same kind of frustration as Villareal and Fiorentino. Heartbreak- Everton enough said.
46 Posted 18/03/2010 at 19:00:05
• Psycho Pat putting squeaky, squeaky Strachen in to the Bullens Road railings
• Johnny Morrisey taking the ball in to the clock corner of Goodison Rd and Street End in the closing stages when 3-2 up against Leeds in ‘69, putting his foot on the ball as Reaney, Bremner et all snapped at him, and casually pulling his jersey sleeve up to look at his watch!
• Watching Scott Parker put himself about against us in a Carling Cup match for Charlton in 2003 and thinking – sign him cos he will boss our midfield for years like no one has since Bally.
• Imre Varadi getting a face full of hot pork pie after mistakenly running to the Park End to celebrate his goal against the shite in the cup in ’81. Cracking shot Kopite Gobshite.
• Howard Kendall’s scissor kick, was it against Stoke, in 1969 which I have tried to emulate ever since whenever the opportunity presents itself!
• The boys pen choir of the late 60’s being more discernable than the main mob.
• John Bailey scoring for struggling at the time Everton against Luton from the halfway line past Jake Finlay in a 5-0 win in front of my cousin from Melbourne. I had spent the previous 2 weeks telling him how good a shite Everton were – the boys came through for once.
• Cushions raining down from the Top Balcony – pick your match!
• Merseyside Dog Display Team performance during half time – pick your match!
• The nearest I have seen to the net being taken off it’s pegs – a Dave Clements 25 yard screamer against either Newcastle or Blackburn – no stopping that power.
• The very first ‘This is Operation Goodison’ – what the fuck!
• Snowing at Bolton on New Year’s Day – so much that the match was abandoned at half time. Didn’t realise at the time how good he was – but not before Reidy, who was playing for Bolton, did serious damage to his knee in a collision with Georgie Wood.
• Speaking of which, the excitement at Goodison when Ally McLeod came down prior to the ‘78 World Cup in Argentina to run the rule over said Georgie Wood. We were bursting and vocal - Scotland’s, Scotland’s Number one - the team was shite, Georgie was worse. Anyone recall the opponents?
• Watching my first match from Goodison that didn’t involve Everton – an England Home International match against N. Ireland on a Friday night – think that John Richards of Wolves was making his debut. Anyway, it was fuckin weird.
• Watching my first match actually at Goodison that didn’t involve Everton - an FA Cup replay between Newcastle and Forest. Watched it from the Enclosure. It was even weirder.
• Your first midweek match under floodlights always stays burned in the memory for everyone doesn’t it. Mine – League Cup match against Arsenal – won 1-0 - Howard K scored I think. The smell of hot dogs, programmes sold outside the ground, packets of Wrigleys being chucked by the vendor from the touchline to 7 heads back into the crowd and the money being chucked in the opposite direction.
• Thinking you were Billy Big Time cos you were going up to the Top Balcony – ‘on an escalator’! Being pissed off cos you had to walk all the way down at the end of the match.
• Being seriously shocked to discover AC Milan fans in the Main Stand, outed because they were cheering when Mick Bernard got sent of (for the most innocuous challenge as I seem to recall). As an innocent 14 year old I didn’t realise that fans travelled over from other countries for European games – nor that the waiters from the local Trattoria were lifelong fans of big traditional Italian teams.
47 Posted 18/03/2010 at 20:12:54
I was 14 and just got my first season ticket and was allowed to go to the game on my own. I got into the paddock about 30 seconds before kick off thinking I was in the wrong part of the ground. We were playing a freshly promoted Newcastle on a sunny August afternoon and I had my new NEC shirt on with full EFC tracksuit. TC banged one in after 35 seconds before completing a hat trick in a 4 0 win.
I was hooked and convinced we were the best in the world.......
48 Posted 18/03/2010 at 21:01:27
49 Posted 18/03/2010 at 21:29:25
50 Posted 18/03/2010 at 22:23:14
I also will never forget him sitting on the ball.
It was an away game when we first won the league in the 60’s and Alex Young, oh it does make your heart race to think about him, turned at about 30 degrees off the ground and two defenders tried to match him, fell over, and Alex scored with aplomb. 2-0.
The derby game when we won 5-0 at Anfield. Couldn’t get a ticket, so I shaved off my mustache and went through the boy’s pen turnstyle on my knees to see Harvey score off his knee and Morrisey, fresh from Anfield, swerve inside and put it high into the net.
My best mate was a Liverpool fan and we went to each other’s games every week in the 60’s and 70’s. Such great characters. I remember St John giving a defender a right hook and he was carried off unconscious. St John took off his pads and was walking off when the ref came over to him and seemed to say he had not seen the incident, and that he better behave for the rest of the game. St John shook his head and walked back upfield to score a couple.
For most of the 70’s I was the fool on the kop with the blue scarf. One time when we were winning I had the honor of thousands of koppites singing they would hang that white haired basted from the kop, by his balls.
We played United away and Pickering was pulled down 3 times when free on goal and Best was allowed to dance around 5 players before he scored the winner. They were unfair dirty bastards. Got a few scars from pennies thrown by United fans that night.
It was worth all the entrance fees watching Everton all these years just see Ball and Young passing up the line. Poetry. Bloody poetry.
51 Posted 19/03/2010 at 01:51:40
Panathinaikos game. It was 1-1 and exactly as you said.
Must be getting old. Or it’s from following Everton for more than 50 Years!
52 Posted 19/03/2010 at 00:59:03
The infamous cooling off spell was the result of an incompetent ref unable to handle the undeclared warfare that Leeds used against any team that played with skill.
Sandy Brown had already been sent off, for retaliation against a deliberate foul by Giles. Just before half-time, Bell, the Leeds left back, caught Chico Scott in full flight and laid him out. The crowd went berserk, the Everton team looked as though they would take Bell apart, and the ref lost the plot and took everyone off. Although Scott was carried off on a stretcher, he returned with the rest of the team and if memory serves me true, nothing was done about Bell.
This might stir the memories of my fellow oldies. The late 40s, pools of water all over Goodison. Ted Sagar takes a goalkick at the Park end. He slips/miskicks and the ball barely clears the penalty area before hitting Steel, the Derby forward, in the back and drops to the ground. Steel turns round can't believe his luck, promptly buries it in the net. Sagar goes ballistic at the great T G Jones for not covering his man. I would dearly love to know what T G said in reply.
53 Posted 19/03/2010 at 03:17:45
54 Posted 19/03/2010 at 03:20:43
11/05/63 Vernon’s hat trick goal v Fulham .Ten mins from the end ,I was in front of the Gladwys St about 5 yards from where the ball kissed the stanchion .
Sept 63 Took my brother to his 1st game . Against Burnley .We hadn’t lost at home for 2 years . We lost 4-3!!
Nov 63 . Versus Blackburn . Tony Kay gets sent off . Missiles rain down . Lose 4-2 .Pickering gets a hat trick and convinces Catterick .
23/11/63 v Stoke 2-0 As said earlier no -one went near Matthews
11/03/67 v Liverpool 5th round of cup . I was in Goodison Road stand . Gale force wind .Crap game .Seconds before half time i can still see the flying pig and the yard dog chasing Bally before he hooks it into the net.
I’m still convinced Dunlop sat on the penalty at Bolton Sept 1960 .Perhaps he did it twice. Also the battle v Leeds I always thought it was Derk Temple who got poleaxed by Willie Bell. I was right in line with that assault and I thought Bell had killed him.
55 Posted 19/03/2010 at 05:01:51
56 Posted 19/03/2010 at 05:57:36
Do you remember what happened to their big flag?
And the announcer (Billy Butler?)
"Come on lads, give em their flag back!" ??
57 Posted 19/03/2010 at 06:09:10
When i’m old and senile, if that’s the only memory left in my head i’ll still be a happy man!
58 Posted 19/03/2010 at 06:20:54
It coincided with the climax of the ’Suez Crisis’ and on the very night that Russian ships carrying missile parts to Cuba were scheduled to bump into US warships and start WW3 over 40,000 people stood almost silently in Goodison Park watching a terrible game and wondering if they would still have a home to go to. Dunfermiline were managed by a young Jock Stein and beat us over the 2 legs and I didn’t really mind as at least there was a second leg.
The wierdest atmosphere for a game I’ve ever experienced.
59 Posted 19/03/2010 at 07:05:13
60 Posted 19/03/2010 at 07:07:56
What a day, when I die God will let me re-enact that moment only this time the copper won’t be there.
61 Posted 19/03/2010 at 07:20:57
40,000 there, crap game 0-0 till the dying minutes when of all people Jim Pearson popped up to score the winner. As the ball hit the net and the ground erupted I looked down and there was my girl frozen in fear unable to catch her breath, she later told me she’d never seen or heard anything like that explosion of noise and joy.
When Keegan had returned to Southampton they were flying and favourites to beat us in an FA cup tie at the dell.
At half time we were drawing and for some reason there appeared to be a slight delay as the teams were in position ready to kick off the second half. Every Everton supporter in that ground was singing "we’re on the march with Gordon’s army" and there were thousands of us there, the locals, the players all looked in awe, never seen a ground so taken over by away support .
We drew the game then finished them off 1-0 at goodison where Keegan said it was their support that did it. When the spirit of belief is with this club, unstoppable.
62 Posted 19/03/2010 at 08:01:14
63 Posted 19/03/2010 at 09:56:49
Re 54 I remember the 2-3 home defeat by Blackburn one year later (Oct 64) as being the game in which Fred Pickering scored his hat-trick against us. The reason being, it was the first time that I had seen Everton lose! This came after we had been 2-0 up after about 10 minutes. Alex Young scored one, if not both, goals. Since that day I have always understood the comment that it is not good to be 2-0 up too soon (better than being 2-0 down though!).
I was also present at the infamous Leeds game, whne Sandy Brown was sent off after around 3 minutes and teh players were taken off about 10 minutes later. It did feel a bit like history in the making. The game was also memorable to me for the shout of "Hey up" as a guy not far from me in the Park End used his rolled up newspaper as a funnel - fortunately I was not splashed on the leg!
64 Posted 19/03/2010 at 10:22:37
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66 Posted 19/03/2010 at 12:47:52
Being at Stoke in 1985 when we won 2-0 and the Everton fans being detained in the ground after the final whistle while the Stoke fans left (about 25% of the attendance!)
In the early eighties, walking past the Southampton coaches at about 11 o’clock at night - the night that Eamon O’Keefe scored the winner in an FA Cup Replay in extra time, wondering what time the Southampton fans would get back and what they’d feel like in work the following morning. I think that match finished so late that the money almost ran out in the meter to keep the floodlights going
67 Posted 19/03/2010 at 15:00:00
I think he resigned not long after.
68 Posted 19/03/2010 at 15:53:18
69 Posted 19/03/2010 at 16:56:40
• Blackpool last home game of the season, 71/72 ish – Bally catches a full volley right in front of goal from the 6 yd line – full blooded – Burridge doesn’t have time to move and it smashes him full in the plums. He was down getting treatment for what seemed like 10 mins, but it got them a 0-0 draw. Not that I’ve lived a particularly miserable life up to that point, but I’d never seen every single bloke around me smiling and laughing before!
• James Bode – great, great shout re Dixie’s 60th.
• Playing in the amber away kit even though we were at home – was it Colchester in the cup? Couldn’t understand why – we were at home for God’s sake.
• Orange ball in the snow v Oxford in ‘that’ replay – pissed it 4-1 in the end and never looked back.
• The replay of the Southampton game that Charles King mentions - queueing to get in and panic as all the turnstiles are closing. You know, the dreaded sound of wood banging on wood. Found a turnstile still working at Goodison Road next to the church, bang they closed. Ended up jumping a queue for the Top Balcony and paying the extra. Just got in before it closed behind me. Full house of 50k, no seats to be had at all, spent the entire match sitting on the cold, hard, cold concrete steps. Extra-time, Eamon O’Keefe scrambles one in, 1-0, ground erupted, into the semi’s I think.
• Talking of Southampton, that 8 niller in 1971. New Scoreboard at the park end struggling to keep up and display it all. It absolutely pissed it down all match, everyone in the Street End moves under the stand to keep dry, whole fron section is empty back up to the exits, so only being 11 and small I go to get a better view and sit on a barrier by the 6 yard box. Got absolutely soaked to the skin – somehow finding an Echo or a Daily Mirror and feebly covered my head with it til it sogged right up. Still, 8-0!
• Sure I’m right on this one, going to Swindon in 1977 and being able to walk around 2 sides of the ground at half time to get a better view of the end we were attacking in 2nd half. Just like being at Runcorn or Marine but actually watching the Blues in FAC4.
• A midweek match at Goodison v Ipswich – going full of hope thinking we had a good chance – got played right off the park – had heard all about Dutch Total Football years earlier but this was the first time I had seen it first hand – this was featuring Arnold Murhen and Frans Thissen who were outstanding and we got thrashed 0-4 with some great goals (Gates, Brazil etc) as well and we could have shipped a load more on the night.
• FAC3 in 1974 and it was the last time I left a match before the final whistle. Got off early with TV not being like it is today, missed the third goal. Never again. Even if we are 4 or 5 down. I vowed not to miss any more and haven’t.
70 Posted 19/03/2010 at 16:54:46
I also remember a chant along the lines of ’get off our pitch’, but cant remember why but people around me found it funny.
Can anyone fill in the blanks?
71 Posted 19/03/2010 at 17:04:03
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75 Posted 19/03/2010 at 17:30:04
76 Posted 20/03/2010 at 04:42:55
View from next to Gordon Lee’s dug out that saw the Jimmy Case tackle end Geoff Nulty’s career.
For one season - oh Gary, Gary, Gary, Gary, Gary, Gary, Lin-ek-er every time he scored.
Looking up to the main stand with people trying to save Dixie Dean. I didn’t know it was him at the time though.
A big old-school type security guard battering lumps out of Evertonian teenagers to get them off the roof of the tunnel as the players came out. The tunnel was covered in barbed wire, glass cemented into concrete to keep the scallies off. How times have changed.
A brawl in the "new" posh Executive boxes in the Enclosure v Man Utd. behind the tinted glass. White blood stained shirts everywhere. Fans banging on the windows "Get into them". "Let em ’av it". Bedlam. I was about 10.
Bullens Road going up in the air like a Mexican wave, in a pre-empted pincer movement strike by the opposition fans. Felt more like Beruit. I think I was 8.
Legging it away from County Road with my brother and cousin after maurauding West Ham fans went on the rampage after the last game of the season (3-1win)
Getting a big white badge saying: "Duncan McKenzie bends more Balls than Norman Scott" Who? I was about 8.
A tiny old man being chauffeured along Goodison Road in a Bentley with fans going crazy. It was his cheesy grin of contentment I will never forget. The man was John Moores.
Funny how the violence stays with an impressionable young person.
77 Posted 20/03/2010 at 05:54:56
The ball hitting the back of Don Hutchison and rolling into an empty RS net, but the ref blowing his full-time whistle 2seconds before the ball crossed the line!
The 1995 Dunc header against the Mancs from a Hinchcliffe corner and the shirt swirling afterwards.
Southall sitting by the Wembley goalpost, despondent, and not interested in collecting his FA Cup losers medal.
The Rideout Cup Final goal. Watching at home on TV, cheering so loud, the neighbours banging on the wall to shut up!
Turning the radio off as went 2-0 down to Wimbledon, last game ’94. Turned it back on to hear Limpar ’fall’ to the ground to win the penalty.
Too many incidents of the Clattenburg derby, all went against us, just unreal. Conspirarcy.
Gravesen’s retaken free-kick to make it 3-2 against Bolton on son’s first visit to GP, on 4th birthday.
Rooney running the length of the pitch to have a go at Pompey fans after scoring in the 1-0 win with 10mins to go.
Distin’s defending to give Sporting a penalty after looking so comfortable and which changed the tie.
So many, could last all day...
78 Posted 20/03/2010 at 06:36:25
What about the Bayern match !! the atmosphere was the best I have ever felt at a match - still remember like it was yesterday.
79 Posted 20/03/2010 at 09:06:37
80 Posted 21/03/2010 at 11:31:03
I'm sure I recall When a Child is Born as well, although I maybe mistaking that one with the away fans?
81 Posted 21/03/2010 at 11:32:38
82 Posted 21/03/2010 at 21:21:20
Trouble is I've never seen footage of this goal cos I think there was a TV strike this season, no doubt someone out there will correct me on that one. It may well be that the goal was nowhere near as good as i remember it! Mind you if anyone out there does have a link?
83 Posted 22/03/2010 at 10:44:33
84 Posted 22/03/2010 at 14:03:44
I have been told so many times by fellow Blues that I must have imagined seeing the amber and gold kit at Goodison that I was beginning to think I was mad!
85 Posted 22/03/2010 at 18:01:32
Plus (honestly!) who (else) beat the Luton away ban?
I remember being knocked-back for two Luton identity cards (nicker each) then sending a furious second request.
"How DARE you turn me down! I was born and raised in Stopsley (found it on the map - somewhere in Bedfordshire) and have been a proud Hatter all my life (nb: proud, NOT brown!).
Two ID cards arrived and me and a mate went.
Got beat and it was one of the most frustrating afternoons ever.
EVERY decision went their way and we couldn't say fuck all.
I've just remembered, they had an absolute cunt of a chairman called Evans - a big mate and suck-hole of Thatcher.
Hopefully he's now dead and whatever killed him really hurt.
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