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1 Posted 15/12/2014 at 08:22:04
That QPR team of 1975-76 that beat us 2-0 at Goodison was a really terrific team that should have won the league that season, only for our lovable neighbours to steal the title away from them 10 days after QPR had played there last game.
Rangers dropped crucial points when they lost their third last game 3-2 at Norwich, whose goals included one that appeared to be offside, but won their last two to keep their hopes alive. However, because Toshack and the thuggish Joey Jones had to play for Wales against Yugoslavia, Liverpool were allowed to postpone their final game, away at Wolves, for 10 days. This meant, of course, that they knew exactly what they needed to do in order to pip Rangers to the title - a low scoring draw would be enough. However, with just 14 minutes to go Wolves were hanging on to a 1-0 lead but then Keegan equalised and two more late goals saw the title go to Anfield, a crucial success as they'd won nothing the season before but this gave Paisley his first trophy and we all know what happened after that.
The Rangers team included Phil parkes in goal, an England international who would have won more caps in another era; full backs Dave Clement (once linked with Everton) and ian Gillard also won England honours; central defence was vastly experienced with Frank McLintock and Dave Webb, while John Hollins added the same quality to a midfield where the outstanding player was England captain Gerry Francis. Along side him was the wily Don Masson, a Scottish international, and on the wing was Dave Thomas, who was soon to become well known to Evertonians. In attack they had Stan Bowles, who also played for England but had little chance of more appearances under Don Revie, a player similar in style to Duncan McKenzie but, in my opinion, more effective, and underrated Irish international Don Givens, quick and with a deadly left foot. The squad was completed by utility men like Mick Leach and John Beck.
Sadly for Rangers their time at the top was short lived as the older players declined and manager Dave Sexton was tempted away to Man Utd.
2 Posted 15/12/2014 at 12:24:47
I remember the 1952 game when George Cummins made his debut. You'll notice there were five Irish internationals in the team, nothing unusual then but what a difference to today's teams.
Cummings was part of the deal that brought Billy Bingham to Everton from Luton Town.
3 Posted 15/12/2014 at 13:25:26
4 Posted 15/12/2014 at 15:55:39
5 Posted 15/12/2014 at 16:34:31
Me and my mate, a red persuaded a bizzie to let get onto the pitch to get to the other end, half way round we jumped into the stands and watched the game from there.
Glad to to get out of the ground, a bit like the second replay against Aston Villa at Hills borough, another frightening night.
6 Posted 16/12/2014 at 11:07:44
For that game at Molyneux I have a distinct memory of listening on the radio, bizarrely sitting on the stairs as that's where I was when Wolves scored, but turning off when Keegan equalised - even at that age I knew what was coming next.
7 Posted 17/12/2014 at 17:55:10
Regarding Billy Bingham's deal to sign for the Blues: I thought we exchanged John Bramwell and Alec Ashworth to Luton town.
I agree with Dave about Patrick s column.
8 Posted 17/12/2014 at 20:19:28
Who did George Cummins leave Everton for?.
I know he settled back in Liverpool playing for one of the local amateur clubs Canada or maybe Waterloo Dock.
9 Posted 17/12/2014 at 20:45:34
Moral of the story, to myself, always check the facts before you jump in with both feet.
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