At the time, back in 1964, it was Everton goalkeeper Albert Dunlop who spilled the beans to People journalist Michael Gibbert — and the revelations were shocking.
Dunlop, nearing the end of his playing career, said: “I cannot remember how they first came to be offered to us. But they were distributed in the dressing rooms. We didn’t have to take them but most of the players did.
"The tablets were mostly white but once or twice they were yellow. They were used through the 1961-62 season and the Championship season which followed it."
The club’s board members issued a statement that denied any complicity in the drug use but did admit some mild stimulant drugs had been used by the players ‘entirely as a latter of personal choice and medically, we are told, these pills, in the quantities taken, could not possibly have had any harmful effect on any player’ (The Times 12 September 1964).
» Read the full article at Liverpool Echo
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1 Posted 11/11/2015 at 16:50:24
2 Posted 11/11/2015 at 17:07:57
All that stuff about purple hearts was pretty potent back then, and I think the story (or derivatives thereof) became a part of folk culture.
3 Posted 11/11/2015 at 17:16:23
4 Posted 11/11/2015 at 17:28:57
They called them "greenies". Baseball players said there'd be a big jug of uppers sitting right on the table for them to take before a game. Routine stuff. Banned now, of course. But no big deal once upon a time.
5 Posted 13/11/2015 at 08:07:41
6 Posted 15/11/2015 at 03:52:50
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