Memory Lane — Match 7

QPR, Birmingham, Oldham and Leeds, including a rare hat-trick for utility man Steve Watson

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Forty Years Ago — 1973-74

Queens Park Rangers, who were runners-up in Division 2, and the last of the promoted clubs along with the Champions Burnley that came up via the now defunct two-up two-down system, paid only their second visit to Goodison Park for a top flight fixture. The previous occasion in 1968-69, had seen them win only four matches out of 42 played, with all of those victories coming on home turf.

QPR manager Gordon Jago’s shrewd transfer dealings had seen the club promoted 11 points clear of nearest rivals Aston Villa, proving that talented players were available at reasonable prices outside of the top division. By re-investing the money that he had received for Rodney Marsh when he sold him to Manchester City, Mr Jago bought Dave Thomas from Burnley for £160k, Stan Bowles from Carlisle United for £112k and Don Givens from Luton Town for £40k and they each repaid his foresight by scoring 46 goals between them. Givens was the most prolific with 23 league goals, Bowles got 17 and Dave Thomas added 6 to the tally as well as being a regular contributor of assists to his strike partners. In fact Don Givens had added two more goals to his tally at Upton Park the previous Monday where Rangers had gained a valuable win, which put his team a point ahead of Everton in the table going in to this fixture.

‘Scene one’ informed the readers that, despite the economic ‘freeze’ in Britain, some clubs are putting up their prices for fans who want to attend league matches, indeed the visitors were the subject of an investigation by the Prices Commission but the Commission permitted the price rises as the club was losing money, so QPR were able to charge up to £40 for a season-ticket. In Everton's home game against Ipswich Town, John Hurst had made his 300th appearance for the Toffees in all competitions – a fact John hadn’t been aware of until Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey pointed it out to him after they had read the Daily Post’s match report.

David Exall in ‘Club Talk’ revealed that Everton voted in favour of the new system of three-up, three-down mainly because the club believed that competition would be extended to the end of the season in both divisions. He cited that last term QPR and Burnley had so dominated the promotion places that it was virtually settled with a fifth of the program to play. Smaller clubs with lower attendances would benefit from the change as it would give them an opportunity to get into the top flight as long as they proved themselves on the field of play. David warned that the idea of a Super League would in all probability see the larger clubs with greater ground capacities remain in the Super League, with the financial aspects of a club being as important if not more so in the long-term, rather than results at any particular point – which in his view would be tantamount to removing the interest of promotion and relegation.
Mike Lyons grabbed the only goal of the game in typically brave style when he stooped to nod home past the frustrated figure of Under-23 England goalkeeper Phil Parkes after 74 minutes of the match.

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1973-74 — First Division: Saturday, 15 September 1973
QPR @Goodison Park: Score 1-0 (Lyons); Attendance: 30,795
Lawson; Darracott, McLaughlin, Bernard (Husband), Kenyon; Hurst, Newton; Lyons, Royle, Harper, Connolly

Thirty Years Ago — 1983-84

Ron Saunders, the manager of Birmingham City, had played for Everton in the 1950s but he had only made 3 first team appearances and just one of them was at Goodison Park, that game was a First Division fixture played on 9 April 1955 where the Toffees defeated Spurs by a single goal scored by Wally Fielding. Birmingham City, having flirted with relegation in previous seasons, had seen a huge turnover of players with some 50 players leaving and joining the club. Ron Saunders said he was always confident that his team would remain in the top flight the previous season and he was proved correct when Birmingham City took a staggering 16 points from their last 6 games including a 1-0 victory over Everton at St Andrews in April. Birmingham City had started the 1973-74 season brightly with wins against Watford (2-0), Stoke (1-0) and Ipswich Town (1-0) at home, but they only had a point to show from their away fixtures. Birmingham City had lost at West Ham United (1-4) and Notts County (1-2) but drew their previous away game at Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-1).

Howard Kendall welcomed back Billy Wright to Goodison and said that he was happy that Billy found a First Division club to play for. Howard related some transfer news, which involved Martin Hodge who had joined Second Division Sheffield Wednesday after the two clubs agreed terms and although Mr Kendall said he didn’t want to lose him, he recognised that Martin wanted and needed first team football. Alan Irvine had submitted a transfer request due to a lack of first team opportunities and the recent arrival of Terry Curran – who was out of action due to a thigh strain.

John Bailey in ‘Fact File’ revealed that the biggest influences on his career so far had been Jim Smith and John Pickering. Suitably for John’s sense of humour he was born on April Fool's Day, although he was nobody’s fool on the football pitch. The first live televised league game was scheduled to be broadcast in just over a week when Nottingham Forest were set to face Tottenham Hotspur at the City Ground and the ‘comment’ section said that the value of ground advertising was significantly enhanced with the broadcasting of live games.

Graeme Sharp converted a penalty to equalise for the Toffees early in the second-half at Goodison after Mick Hartford had given Birmingham City the lead against the run of play in the first half. Howard Kendall thought that the penalty was awarded correctly and also felt that Birmingham’s disallowed ‘goal’ for offside, was also the correct call from the officials.
1983-84 — First Division: Saturday, 24 September 1983
Birmingham City @ Goodison Park: Score 1-1 (Sharp); Attendance: 15,253
Arnold; Harper, Bailey, Ratcliffe, Higgins; Reid, Steven (King), Heath; Sharp, Johnson, Sheedy.

Twenty Years Ago — 1993-94: Match 7

After suffering three consecutive league defeats, a bruised Everton travelled to Boundary Park to take on Joe Royle’s Oldham Athletic. Oldham had managed to retain their Premier League status by the slenderest of margins following a late run which gained them 21 points from 11 matches or, to put it into context, just 7 points less than they had taken in their first 31 games. Six of those points came from trips to fellow strugglers Middlesbrough and title challengers Aston Villa. But it was their excellent form at Boundary Park which ultimately helped the ‘Latics’ to preserve their place in the top division, where they were unbeaten in their last seven fixtures which had seen them earn 15 points from those matches. Wins over Wimbledon (6-2), Liverpool (3-2), Southampton (4-2) and eventual Champions Manchester United (1-0), whilst unexpected, were gratefully welcomed by the Oldham fans and their players. Even then it was only a superior goal difference of just 2 goals that kept the Latics in the Premier League at the expense of Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest.

Oldham Athletic’s home form hadn’t continued into the start of the new season though as they had lost their opening home game to Ipswich Town (0-3) and drawn the other two fixtures with Coventry City (3-3) and Wimbledon (1-1). Away from home Oldham Athletic had beaten Swindon Town (1-0), but had lost to both Blackburn Rovers (0-1) and in their most recent fixture at Leeds United (0-1). Everton went into the game four points better off than their hosts but any slip-up would've seen the Toffees looking nervously over their shoulder at those teams that were fighting against relegation.

Joe Royle in his notes said that Everton would provide a different type of opposition than Oldham’s previous opponents; he said that Everton’s early performances had promised much and that Howard Kendall was sure that the Toffees were not too far away from a return to the ‘Glory Days’. Was this Joe being kind to Everton? Or was Joe playing mind games?

Sponsors Carling had named their dream team which was chosen based on a fans survey, the result of which is: 1. Flowers (Blackburn); 2. Jones (Liverpool); 3. Dorigo (Leeds); 4. McGrath (Aston Villa); 5. Ruddock (Liverpool); 6. Townsend (Aston Villa); 7. Ince (Man Utd); 8. Giggs (Man Utd); 9. Shearer (Blackburn); 10. Wright (Arsenal); 11.Waddle (Sheff Wed). The only Everton player to make the 18-man squad was Neville Southall.

In order to subscribe to satellite sports channels, you needed to purchase a decoder and dish at the cost of £199.99 with the sports package costing £11.99 per month to watch 60 [yes, sixty] live Premiership games. If you preferred to take your missus to a show, then there was the Oldham Coliseum where Sarah Lancashire (Raquel from Coronation Street) was appearing in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’.

In the Did You Know? section, most of the information about Everton was pretty common knowledge but one thing I personally didn’t know was that Dennis Stevens had won an FA Cup Winners medal with Bolton Wanderers five years before he won a Championship medal at Everton. Whoever was responsible for the chart showing Everton’s 10-year league record got it horribly wrong as they had Everton in Division 3 in 1984 and Division 2 in 1985 and 1986!!!

Tony Cottee was the Everton hero as he scored the winner in the first half of a match that Everton should and could have won more comfortably, although Neville Southall pulled off a couple of his trademark saves to ensure Everton returned to Goodison with all three points and thus stopped the run of consecutive league defeats. Howard Kendall believed the win at Boundary Park was fully deserved and that his team should have had at least one penalty awarded during the game. He was pleased that Everton withstood some late pressure and that Neville Southall had made a couple of important saves. But he still bemoaned the lack of finishing power and bad luck in front of goal especially when Peter Beagrie hit the crossbar.

1993-94 — Premier League: Saturday, 11 September 1993
Oldham Athletic @ Boundary Park: Score 1-0 (Cottee); Attendance: 13.666
Southall; Holmes, Hinchcliffe, Ebbrell, Jackson; Ablett, Ward, Radosavljevic (Horne); Cottee, Rideout (Barlow), Beagrie. Unused Sub: Reeves.

Ten Years Ago — 2003-04 Match 7

Leeds United arrived at Goodison with a very different squad of players than those who had played for the club in recent times. Rio Ferdinand had left to join Manchester United and Harry Kewell had gone to Liverpool; another five high-profile players had left due to the financial mess that Leeds United had managed to get itself into.

Having parted with former Manager David O’Leary in March, Leeds appointed ex-Everton player Peter Reid. Reid had over ten years of management experience with spells at Manchester City and Sunderland where he had twice taken the Black Cat’s to the Premier League by virtue of winning the Division One title in both 1995-96 and 1998-99.

Leeds found themselves level on five points from six games, with Everton, both clubs would have hoped for better starts to the new campaign and a win would be most welcome for either club. Leeds had only won one Premier League game and that was in their recent away fixture at Middlesbrough which they had won by the odd goal in five. Since that match they had suffered a heavy defeat to Leicester City (0-4) at Filbert Street and a home defeat to Birmingham City (0-2).

Everton Manager David Moyes reported that his injured players were getting closer to fitness and that he soon hoped to have a fully fit squad to choose from. Richard Wright did not need major surgery and both Kevin Campbell and Li Tie would be back and available in the following days and weeks, but the news on Francis Jeffers and Scot Gemmill was not quite as good and they both would take a little while longer before they were available for selection.

Club Secretary Michael Dunford said that a meeting had taken place at the request of North West Development Agency Chairman Bryan Gray. The meeting was held to discuss the general principal of Everton FC and Liverpool FC and the possibility of a Ground Share. Mr Dunford said that because both Clubs are at different stages of planning and Liverpool FC are seeking a positive response to their planning application for their new stadium which they hope to start building by May 2004, if anything were to happen with regards sharing it would have to be agreed quickly by both clubs. Mr Dunford went on to say “Everybody shares the same aims and ambitions. The authorities want the two football clubs to be successful but this is probably the last stop saloon as far as any opportunity for the two clubs to share a stadium.” Casting doubt on the probability of a shared stadium, Mr Dunford ended by saying that unless a shared stadium “completely satisfies Everton 100%, there will be no sharing option.”

According to the ‘Bits n Bobs’ section, a game at Goodison in March 1927 between Everton and Leeds United became the first match to be broadcast live – on the radio by the BBC – Everton won the game two-one. Another snippet of information relates to penalties and the recent match between Everton and Newcastle had been the first time ever that Goodison had witnessed three converted penalties in the same game.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Aston Villa Chairman Doug Ellis replied to the news that Villa might be the subject of a Venezuelan buyout: he said that he would “listen to offers”. Mr Ansell, Villa’s financial director ‘suggested that clubs had reached a watershed. Transfer fees and wages, he said would not be maintained at the levels of recent seasons. Mr Ansell added “fees for the majority of players, other than for the best, will come down and although players will still be paid decent money, it will not be some of the large monies.”

David Moyes said the performance against Leeds United was exactly what he and his team wanted. Hat-trick hero Steve Watson recalls the misunderstanding that occurred during the game with Leeds United “The manager didn’t realise that I’d scored a hat-trick. He pulled me over to the side when somebody was injured and said ‘come on, you can get a hat-trick here.’ I said ‘well funnily enough I already have!” Steve scored his goals after 27, 37 and 5 mins with Duncan Ferguson getting his goal in the 40th minute, a good day for the Blues and a much needed shot in the arm for a team looking a little low on confidence prior to this fixture.

2003-04 — Premier League: Sunday, 28 September 2003
Leeds United @Goodison Park: Score 4-0 (Watson 3, Ferguson); Attendance: 39,151
Martyn; Hibbert, Watson (Rooney), Stubbs, Yobo; Unsworth, Gravesen, Radzinski (Kilbane); Ferguson, McFadden (Linderoth), Carsley. Unused Subs: Turner, Weir.

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David Ellis
1 Posted 04/10/2013 at 12:35:04
That dream team of 20 years ago

1.Flowers (Blackburn) 2.Jones(Liverpool) 3.Dorigo(Leeds) 4.McGrath(Villa) 5.Ruddock(Liverpool) 6.Townsend(Villa) 8.Ince(United) 7.Giggs(United) 10.Wright(Arsenal) 9.Shearer(Blackburn) 11.Waddle(Sheff Wed).

Seems pretty ordinary nowadays. Note the complete absence of non-Brits. I think any of last seasons top 5 would turn that lot over.

Tony Cheek
2 Posted 04/10/2013 at 14:49:03
Dream team.....Ruddock?
Tony Cheek
3 Posted 04/10/2013 at 14:51:27
.........Brilliant by the way, Patrick!
Karl Masters
4 Posted 05/10/2013 at 23:34:43
Great stuff as ever, Patrick.

One little nit-pick from 1983 is that the first live League game broadcast between Spurs and Forest was at White Hart Lane, not the City Ground. Spurs won 2-1 after Forest scored early on through Colin Walsh, whose younger brother, Derek Walsh, made a couple of brief appearances for Everton in May 1985 after we had won the League.

I remember the first live game well. It was seen as a bad thing by many, including Forest manager, Brian Clough, who argued fans would stay at home and watch on TV instead. How wrong that has proved to be!

My favourite moment was when Brian Moore (what a fine commentator he was) and Ian St. John, perched on their little gantry over The Shelf (a Leitch stand just like the Street End, but down the side of the pitch) were drowned out by Spurs fans singing, "You can stuff the fucking telly up your arse!" to the tune of Aye, Aye Yippy, Yippy Aye. As it quietened down, Moore said, "The Spurs fans are in good voice today!" and carried on as the consummate professional he was.

Patrick Murphy
5 Posted 06/10/2013 at 01:22:19
Thanks Karl and as usual you are spot-on, the game did indeed take place at White Hart Lane. I have to put in a ;deliberate' error to keep you on your toes. I have managed to write quite a few more (I'm up to game 12) ready for publication in the coming months. I'm trying to get way ahead so that I can have a rest at Christmas.

I also agree with your view about Brian Moore a highly intelligent football man and had more knowledge about football than some of the guys who commentate in the modern era, Barry Davies was also a very good commentator not too flashy apart from that time he was shouting 'just look at his face' I can't remember which game that was but I bet you will know.

Karl Masters
6 Posted 06/10/2013 at 13:35:46
I believe it was Franny Lee who had just scored for Derby at his old club Man City with a 20 yarder that had Barry Davies screaming that, Patrick! Late 1975 perhaps?

I seem to recall it being on a video called 101 Great Goals released by the BBC around 1988 which had six or so goals from every season 1969 to 1987, all fantastic little time capsules in themselves. It could easily have been called 101 Great Commentaries with youthful exuberance from Motty and Barry plus David Coleman who said of an Emlyn Hughes goal ( sorry to mention him ) at Ipswich, ' it went in like a shell!' See if you can find 101 Great Goals on YouTube, Patrick, you would love it!

Favourite Barry Davies moment though was summer of 1984. England, fresh from that famous 2-0 win in the Maracana against Brazil are in Montevideo to play Uruguay. 1-0 down with time running short the ball goes out for an England throw in which Ray Wilkins is desperate to take except the ball boy is hanging on to the ball. Clear as day, the pitch side microphone picks up an agitated Wilkins saying to the ball boy, ' give me that fucking ball!' Barry Davies calmly says, ' Wilkins- eager to get on with it' and then silence.

Brian Denton
7 Posted 06/10/2013 at 14:17:29
Karl (033) yes, that was the "Just look at his face" goal. Others to brain tease you are

"A quality goal from a quality player"
"Oh yes for the youngster"
"He likes to......HE LIKES THAT!"

Since my velcro memory era is the seventies, that may help you identify them.

Karl Masters
8 Posted 06/10/2013 at 16:55:28
Ha ha Brian! "A quality goal from a quality player" – that's a quote we used to use at school when one of us scored with a tennis ball on the playground! I'm not totally sure, but was it Alan Clarke for Leeds? Maybe at Middlesbrough?

"Oh yes for the youngster" is stretching my memory alright!

"He likes to.... he likes that!" hmmm, maybe Malcolm MacDonald for Newcastle, a cup tie at Bolton in 1976? But not sure!

I do remember other classics like "MacDonald bites the hand that used to feed him!" when Supermac scored for Arsenal against the Magpies. Or another Barry Davies classic: "Richards running like a deer through the middle" before Wolves' John Richards turned home a cross against Hull in 1977 that left Davies in a near orgasmic state in his commentary box!

Great days, the irony being I couldn't even begin to tell you the commentary of any Everton goals in the last 10 years!!

Barry Rathbone
9 Posted 06/10/2013 at 17:20:54
"Quality goal by a quality player" — John Motson, MotD, Tony Currie for Sheff Utd scoring a cracker.

I bought a Sheff Utd shirt to emulate the great man — cracking player he was.

Barry Rathbone
10 Posted 06/10/2013 at 17:29:15
Against West Ham:

Karl Masters
11 Posted 06/10/2013 at 17:13:35
It's just come to me, Brian! "Quality goal from a quality player" is Tony Currie for Sheffield United, against West Ham at Bramall Lane in April 1975, a couple of weeks before West Ham beat Fulham to win the FA Cup Final. And he beat about five players to score it.

Fulham knocked us out at Goodison and in a season when Everton only finished three points behind the Champions, Derby. Mr Currie and his mates finished our chances in the last game of the season at Goodison by turning a two-goal half-time deficit into a 3-2 win for the Blades. People talk about the Carlisle defeats that season but we blew that League title that year so many times. It was untrue! We really should have 10 League Championships to our name!

Karl Masters
12 Posted 06/10/2013 at 17:30:14
Thanks for the link Barry. Currie was a great player, made some England appearances but was viewed a bit like Duncan McKenzie by Don Revie the England manager. When he went to Leeds I remember him specialising in curling shots just inside the post like the Brazilians!
Barry Rathbone
13 Posted 06/10/2013 at 17:51:21
Karl they were the dieing embers of English skill, the attitude you allude to poisoned UK football.

Hudson, Bowles, Currie, Worthington, Osgood, Mackenzie and umpteen others began to get the dreadful "luxury player" tag — now we buy skill from abroad and people wonder why.

The players arising from post those days are the dullards who feed the masses on TV these days allowing the Allardyce, Moyes, Kamara sorts to prosper without question.

The never-ending truth that more skill equals a better team has been lost among a chattering class frippery of stats and percentages — horrendous.

Brian Denton
14 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:19:40
Okay, you've nailed the easy one. I'll give you a couple of hours to get the other two.
Karl Masters
15 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:24:37
Osgood Is good was a classic David Coleman commentary!

"Only players like Osgood score goals like that" he pronounced after a volley hit the Arsenal net!

Agree Barry. Was out on a very long training run on my bike this morning and nearing home I went past a field where a junior football match was going on. "Get in the hole, get in the hole" screamed an agitated man in a tracksuit prowling the touchline. This 'coaching' we seem to give kids where coaches and parents think its the World Cup Final has a lot to do with it.

One of my cycling mates also refs Sunday league football but is currently on a sabbatical as he is sick of the abuse he gets from yard dogs who think they are Pele and Alex Ferguson rolled into one. British football is in a mess top to bottom.

Karl Masters
16 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:35:32
Keith Weller for Leicester against Newcastle, Brian?

Gordon Hill for Man Utd has popped into my head for the youngster quote in maybe the 1976 cup semi v Derby.

You fiend! Ha ha

Barry Rathbone
17 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:40:43
Brian, "Oh yes for the youngster!"

A teenage Joe Waters scoring on his debut for Leicester City (@ QPR I think?).

(Google search that one mate, sorry!).

Karl Masters
18 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:41:50
Or is it Mel Eve's for Wolves?

Bloody hell, I'm going mad ha ha!

Barry Rathbone
19 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:47:05
"He likes to...." I reckon is a Leeds game but I just can't remember it.
Brian Denton
20 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:31:03
Clue re: "He likes to....HE LIKES THAT!" There's a reason why I've punctuated the way I have. David Coleman is rambling about a player with the ball, he was presumably going to say something along the lines of "He likes to drift in from the wing" when suddenly said player whacks it goalwards and scores a belter from outside the area.

It was an international (of sorts... another clue)

Brian Denton
21 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:49:46
Joe Waters one right Barry. I'll to think of Ungoogleable (is there such a word? If not there should be) questions in future.
Barry Rathbone
22 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:48:22
Karl, I'm gonna plump for Peter Lorimer on the basis of 70s and the commentary hints at a long shot goal.

Gotta be someone renowned for cracking them in from distance.

Karl Masters
23 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:50:51
It's right on the tip of my tongue now!
Barry Rathbone
24 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:51:34
"International of sorts" kinda rules out Lorimer cos he was established in the Scotland team.... I know there's jokes aplenty there!
Barry Rathbone
25 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:53:37
Justin Fashanu????
Karl Masters
26 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:52:56
From the cluem it reminds me of a Home international goal scored by Gerry Francis for England against Scotland in 1975.
Barry Rathbone
27 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:57:54
Karl, I think that's it.
Karl Masters
28 Posted 06/10/2013 at 19:57:12
There was a Football League vs Rest of the World game around 1973 but I don't remember ever seeing the goals!
Karl Masters
29 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:01:39
Bloody hell, Brian there's smoke coming out of my ears now, ha ha!
Karl Masters
30 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:03:52
Mickey Walsh for Blackpool v Sunderland 1975?
Barry Rathbone
31 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:08:38
Karl, I think thats it ...... hahaha!
Karl Masters
32 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:06:06
No, Walsh was Barry Davies commentating! How about Trevor Francis for Birmingham against QPR?
Karl Masters
33 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:12:40
Steve Coppell for Man Utd against I think Sheffield Utd, August 1975? Wasn't an international at the time, but was eventually and goal fits the description! Ha ha
Barry Rathbone
34 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:17:40
Rodney Marsh???

Peter Taylor??

Brian Denton
35 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:17:33
Karl, you got it ! Gerry Francis for England v Scotland in 1975(?). Scottish Goalie with infeasible sidies, if I recall correctly.
Barry Rathbone
36 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:20:56
Heres the game highlights:

Remember we used to call the cockneys everything under the sun for embarrassing englishmen by selling their tickets to the jocks - no one left in scotland for these games!

Karl Masters
37 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:24:35
Thank God for that! I need a beer and a lie down now ha ha. Great little test, Brian. Excellent.

Stewart Kennedy of Rangers was the goalie by the way. :) Not to be confused with the Aberdeen full back Stuart Kennedy who played for them a few years later (although the full back was probably a better goalie! Ha ha.)

Brian Denton
38 Posted 06/10/2013 at 20:29:00
Barry, for some reason my YouTube only works in silent mode, so I'll have to take your word that it proves me right! Something up with my browser I think.

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