Alfred Walter FieldingBorn 26 November 1919; Died 18 January 2008
Wally 'Nobby' Fielding was the little Londoner who travelled North to find sporting fame with Everton. He was at the centre of a row when he signed professional forms at Goodison Park in 1945. Before joining the Army, he was on the books as an amateur for Charlton Athletic.
He went to the Middle East where his form as an inside forward was good enough to get him into Army representative sides. When Fielding returned to England, he was immediately offered terms by Charlton Athletic, who naturally assumed that they had first refusal... but, despite the attentions of numerous other clubs, he opted for Everton and started a furious debate that lasted many months.
He was a brilliant ball player and strategist, who ran the Everton 'engine room' with cool authority, although he proved to be lethal when within striking distance of goal, he was regarded as a supplier rather than a striker.
Despite his all-round ability, he made only one appearance in the white shirt of England, in the 'Bolton Disaster Fund' match against Scotland in 1946 – a game that did not warrant a full cap.
Wally Fielding's Everton career record was 410 appearances 54 goals.
Harold Alexander FinnisBorn 21 November 1920; Died 1991
Reserve full-back Harold Finnis made his only League appearance against Leeds United at Elland Road on 21 November 1946, having played in two matches in the 1940-41 wartime season.
Finnis signed professional forms with Everton in August 1940, and retired through injury in May 1947. Another player who didn't feature in the Saturday night 'Football Forum' in my Grandma's house...
Harold Finnis's Everton career record was 1 appearance.
Thomas GardnerBorn 17 March 1923; Died 7 November 2016
Tom Gardner was another who never made it to the Saturday night 'Football Forum' although, up to the time of his death in 2016, he was Everton's oldest surviving ex-player.
Tom signed for Liverpool, from South Liverpool in October 1946, but failed to make the first team, and played only once for Everton who he joined in 1947, partnering Eddie Wainwright in the home League game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, a 1-1 draw in front of 46,000 fans; his Everton career lasted from June 1947 until May 1948.
Tom Gardner's Everton career was 1 appearance.
David James GibsonBorn 18 March 1931
A reserve at Goodison, Dave Gibson made his debut in a 1-0 win over Derby County at the Baseball Ground in April 1951, his two other appearances came in the 1951-52 season. He was transferred to Swindon Town in November 1954, for whom he made 70 appearances, scoring 6 goals.
Dave Gibson's Everton career was 3 appearances.
John Albert GrantBorn 8 September 1924; Died August 1999
Jackie Grant was signed in December 1942; when Joe Mercer left for the Army, Grant took his place in the Everton side for the wartime football.
Jackie was the star man in the clubs 3-2 FA Cup 4th round replay win over Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1947-48.
Although he couldn't command a regular place in the side, he was however an ever-present in the relegation season of 1950-51. Failing to hold a regular place, he became an integral part of the Everton Central League side, captaining them to numerous successes.
He severed his ties with Everton in June 1956 when he was signed by the then Rochdale Manager, Harry Catterick. He made over 100 appearances for Rochdale before ending his League career with Southport.
Jackie Grant's Everton career record was 133 appearances and 11 goals.
Norman GreenhalghBorn 10 August 1914; Died 1995
Norman Greenhalgh, an ever-present in Everton's League Championship winning season of 1938-39, was one of the few defenders feared by Stanley Matthews. A rugged defender, strong and confident, he could also play up front, and even in goal in an emergency.
After failing at Bolton Wanderers, he broke into League football with New Brighton, before forming a redoubtable partnership with Billy Cook at Everton, for whom he made his senior debut against his former club Bolton Wanderers in January 1938; his last outing came in a 6-0 defeat at Chelsea in September 1948.
Greenhalgh missed out on full international honours, but did represent England in a wartime game against Scotland in December 1939, and once played for the Football League.
Norman Greenhalgh's Everton career was 115 appearances 1 goal.
Alan HampsonBorn 31 December 1927; Died August 1999
Enforced National Service took two years out of Alan Hampson's seven years at Goodison Park where, in the main, he was a reserve forward. I'm afraid that he wasn't eligible for the Saturday night 'Football Forum' but I did see him play in the reserve side.
His only League appearance for Everton was at inside left, in the 1-1 home draw against Bolton Wanderers in October 1950.
He joined Halifax Town in November where he scored 32 goals in 121 League games.
Alan Hampson's Everton career record was 1 appearance.
Joseph Anthony HarrisBorn 20 December 1926
Although he served Everton for six years, winger Joe Harris was mainly a reserve to Ted Buckle and Tony McNamara. He made his debut in Everton's relegation season 1950-51 against Sheffield Wednesday in a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park; he then featured in 13 consecutive games in the 1952-53 season scoring 4 goals. He left Everton in 1952, joining Bangor City.
Joe Harris's Everton career record was 14 appearances and 4 goals.
John Robert HedleyBorn 11 December 1923; Died 1985
Jack Hedley was a solid, tough-tackling defender who had his best season in 1948-49, when he appeared in 25 top-flight matches, mainly as partner to George Saunders.
Hedley made his debut for the Blues against Tranmere Rovers in May 1945, but had to wait for more than two years before making his League debut on 17 September 1947 against Aston Villa at Goodison Park in a 3-0 win for Everton.
In May 1950, along with his Everton team-mate Billy Higgins, Hedley flew to Colombia hoping to sign for the Marios club, but he declined their offer. On his return, he was transferred to Sunderland, where he appeared in 269 games for the Wearsiders.
Jack Hedley's Everton career record was 61 appearances.
William Charles HigginsBorn 28 February 1924 Died 1981
After four successful seasons at Goodison Park, Billy Higgins, along with his Everton colleague, Jack Hedley, together with Neil Franklin, George Mountford (both of Stoke City), and Charlie Mitten (Manchester United) flew out to Colombia to play football outside of FIFA jurisdiction.
Higgins signed for the Marios club with coaching a sideline, but he never played in England again.
Billy Higgins's Everton career was 49 appearances 9 goals.
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1 Posted 13/06/2018 at 21:04:19
2 Posted 14/06/2018 at 09:35:26
Fielding; Greenhalgh and Grant I have heard of "en passant" in years gone by but none of the others, however it is still a very interesting read.
What happened to Higgins? Did he remain in Columbia?
3 Posted 14/06/2018 at 12:15:17
4 Posted 14/06/2018 at 15:39:20
Here is a short extract from that account, "Billy Higgins had his contract terminated by Millionarios, much to his relief (the term 'Marios' must have been how they were referred to), and he returned to England 5 months after joining Millionarios.
Upon his return he was banned from playing for any League club, and he was virtually penniless and homeless.The FA and Football League lifted his ban, and following talks with Sheffield Wednesday and Luton Town, Everton eventually agreed a deal with Welsh club Bangor City, for Billy Higgins. Very little is known about him afterwards"
It is a very long article, and I'll have visit the link again when I get the chance.
Hi David  the memory often plays tricks, but in my opinion Wally was an exceptional player, but 54 goals in 410 games, if my maths is up to the task is roughly a goal every seven and half games. This would equate to less than an average of six goals, in what was a 42-game season.
I would like to thank you and Ian for responding to my article, because as you may well have gathered, I much prefer to discuss players who have worn the 'Royal Blue' shirt, rather than speculate on who will wear it in the future.
I suppose I can be described as a bit of a dinosaur, and I have occasionally been called 'Johnny McFossil'.
5 Posted 14/06/2018 at 16:12:24
I never saw or heard of Finnis and Gardner. Wally Fielding was a very good footballer and a good link-up with Tommy Eglington as inside and outside left. David Gibson was a tall outside right with very blond hair.
I saw that game when Alan Hampson played his only game for the Blues, saw him many times for the reserves but for the life of me I can't remember who played outside left with him for the reserves. He lived off Clubmoor and went to St Mathews if I'm not mistaken (the lad whose name I can't remember).
Billy Higgins, like the rest of the players who went Bogota, were kidded by the promises made to them of huge wages which never materialised. I saw him against the fabulous Frank Swift in an FA Cup match which Everton won 1-0, I think Billy scored the goal with a header – it might have been the game when Billy was "kidnapped" by Liverpool students and held to ransom on the morning of the match.
Jack Hedley must have been some player, going by the way he played nearly some 300 games for Sunderland after his adventure in South America. I can't recall seeing Norman Greenhaulgh but I remember a cartoon by George Green in the Echo in which he was depicted stopping the great Stanley Mathews.
I remember Joe Harris in that first dreadful season in the Second Division, he was very dark skinned but only played a few games in that season before leaving the Blues.
6 Posted 14/06/2018 at 18:57:17
The FA Cup game you recall, was indeed against Manchester City on 8 January 1949, a 1-0 win as you said, and you have been awarded a bonus point for naming the scorer. I don't think that I was at that game, because at that time my Mother was very ill, and I didn't get to as many games as I would have liked, and to be truthful, the games I did attend, are locked in some dark recess of my mind.
Joe Harris actually played 14 times for Everton scoring 4 goals, in fact, he was outside right the day Tommy Eglington grabbed his 5 goals against Doncaster Rovers.
I hope you can make the get together Dave, you may be able to release some of my locked away memories.
7 Posted 14/06/2018 at 19:25:28
8 Posted 14/06/2018 at 19:55:18
Incidentally, I believe Everton's centre-forward, Jock Dodds, was the main procurer of players for Columbia's Millionairos !
9 Posted 14/06/2018 at 20:05:01
I'm afraid that he wasn't eligible for the current article, because he missed the 1950-51 cut-off point by two years, and you know how ruthless I can be, as witness the 100 game rule, in the 'Favourites aren't always the best' theme.
Incidentally, one of the scorers in the Notts County fixture, was someone you and I know so well, but some may struggle to recognise: Gwynfor Lewis.
10 Posted 14/06/2018 at 20:28:04
I was doing Army service in Cyprus, when Liverpool lost to Worcester City in the FA Cup in 1959, apparently Roy Paul was captain of Worcester City that day, and some years later he was writing for one of the Sunday newspapers and boasted that he was so drunk, he saw two Billy Liddells. When a Liverpool supporter wrote in to say that Liddell didn't play in that game, Roy Paul's reply was, "It just shows how drunk I was" – a shady character no doubt.
11 Posted 14/06/2018 at 21:17:17
I asked him about the Worcester City vs Liverpool game and he assured me he had had to play as hard as he had ever done to bring about City's victory. He said he had hardly read the Sunday People piece, he was more interested in getting the cheque for it. A rum begger, indeed, I think!
12 Posted 14/06/2018 at 21:42:07
John, I thought he had played for the first team, Don Easthope and I saw that 3-3 draw with Fulham on a Wednesday afternoon, gave school a swerve, Matt Woods was centre half that day, may have been his debut, he played against Bedford Jezzard who scored two for Fulham; I can't say I remember Easthope from that game. I think the attendance was the lowest ever, at the time, for a league game at Goodison Park, just over 11,000, if I'm right.
Gwyn Lewis, usually played inside left, a goal poacher, I think he scored in the game vs Lincoln City over the Easter period the year we came up from the Second Division, Everton won 3-1, Lincoln scored in the last six minutes in the return game at Lincoln to earn a 1-1 draw, on Easter Monday.
13 Posted 14/06/2018 at 21:59:12
14 Posted 14/06/2018 at 22:18:07
Over to you John.
15 Posted 14/06/2018 at 22:48:05
When I see a new article from you, John, I pore myself a glass of wine, unwrap a Twix (What do you mean, uncouth?) and sit back and enjoy your work. I then leave it for a while and check it out later to see what has been added. Sorry, I have nothing of note to contribute.
Also, John, I know of your disdain for conjecture and such stuff. I started something like that recently on one of your threads but won't again, it is just out of place. Great stuff, keep them coming.
16 Posted 14/06/2018 at 22:58:06
Can somebody help me here please? I seem to recall as a young kid reading what in those days was known as the "Stop Press" in the Echo. For those of you youngsters who eat Twix with wine (sorry Andy) that was the latest news which missed the main paper but ran down the side of the front page.
My question is that I saw the Worcester 2-1 Liverpool result (boy I enjoyed writing that!) in the Stop Press, which I have grown up thinking it was a mid-week game. Have I got that wrong?
17 Posted 14/06/2018 at 00:25:20
Matt Woods did make his debut in the Fulham game, the attendance was 10,829, Gwynfor Lewis did score in the Lincoln City game, the other goals coming from Peter Farrell and Wally Fielding.
Bedford Jezzard was a one club man, making 292 League appearances and scoring 154 goals for Fulham, I don't have his FA Cup figures. Jezzard actually played twice for England in 1954 in the Hungary game which England lost 7-1, and against Northern Ireland in 1955 which England won 3-0. It's turned midnight so it looks like double time.
Hi Andy [#15], Dave has let the 'Cat out of the bag' — I'm not really knowledgeable, it's just that I have one or two football books, and you're right about me being anti-conjecture, I prefer to discuss things that have occurred rather than things that may never happen, thank you for your kind words, I'm pleased to learn that you enjoy my efforts.
Hi Ian [#16] you may have read in one of my earlier posts, that I was in Cyprus doing my Army service when Worcester City beat Liverpool in the FA Cup, but I believe you are right in thinking that it was a mid-week game, because somewhere in the back of my mind, I think the game was either postponed or abandoned. I'll do my best to find out for you, 'Watch this space...'
18 Posted 15/06/2018 at 00:42:40
19 Posted 15/06/2018 at 01:05:12
21 Posted 15/06/2018 at 01:14:13
Dave, (#54), I met Tom Gardner on the occasion of James Corbett's book release of Dave Hickson, "The Cannonball Kid". He was sitting with Jimmy Harris and Derek Temple and I had no idea who he was. He took great pains to tell me proudly that he was the oldest living former player at that time, and that he had indeed played only one game for the first team!
And, since you mention St Matthew's in Clubmoor, I was baptized there at the tender age of 2 weeks. It was also my first school and I used to walk there on my own from our council house in Crosgrove Road. Don't think I could do that safely now!
22 Posted 15/06/2018 at 01:38:29
23 Posted 15/06/2018 at 02:24:09
Re the players who went to Milonarios.
Did they play with the 'Blond Arrow'?
Stefano Di Stefano?
24 Posted 15/06/2018 at 06:33:29
25 Posted 15/06/2018 at 07:03:09
Thanks for the memory, Joe.
26 Posted 15/06/2018 at 07:16:12
Absolutely brilliant to read.
Do you by any chance know who the current oldest living former Everton player is?
27 Posted 15/06/2018 at 09:01:26
Just to annoy my Red college mates, I memorised the names of the non-league players who turned out on that memorable that day and rattled them off at every opportunity viz:-
Kirkwood; Wilcox, Potts; Bryceland, Melville, Paul; Brown, Follan, Knowles, Gosling, Skuse.
(Not bad that after nearly sixty years, eh?)
So sorry to hear of the club's demise.
28 Posted 15/06/2018 at 09:19:58
Derek (27), just for old times sake, who scored the two goals for Worcester, it's too late now but I would have loved to buy them a drink.
29 Posted 15/06/2018 at 09:37:01
I think you could be right about Jimmy Harris being the oldest living Everton player. I remember getting on the 14 bus and went upstairs and there was Jimmy Harris. I think at the time he was courting a girl from Croxteth and I think her name was Roberta Brown, she was Miss Great Britain at the time.
Could you imagine any kid getting on a bus these days and seeing one of their idols sitting there? How times have changed, I think that's why fans are more critical of players now than when we were growing up, they always seemed so more accessible. Also there wasn't the nastiness among the different fans as there is today.
Like you, Dave, when I started going the match, there was no segregation, and the same when you travelled away with your team. Off course there wasn't mass TV coverage as there is today, only an England game on TV certainly no league games were shown till MOTD came along with their Saturday night highlights started in 1962.
30 Posted 15/06/2018 at 09:37:50
Another thought occurs. Liverpool sacked manager Phil Taylor shortly afterwards to replace him with Bill Shankley. Perhaps Worcester didn't do us Blues a favour after all!
31 Posted 15/06/2018 at 09:47:11
You owe me a 'Diet Coke' for making me burn the midnight oil last night.
32 Posted 15/06/2018 at 10:04:04
33 Posted 15/06/2018 at 10:18:42
George glared at me for a moment then said,'Didn't you ever see Ron Saunders play? ' He was the only centre-forward I learned to beware of, now he WAS a tough bastard !'
He only played a handful of games for Everton, but to Ron goes that particular glory!
34 Posted 15/06/2018 at 10:26:31
35 Posted 15/06/2018 at 11:03:56
36 Posted 15/06/2018 at 11:23:44
As a player he was described as bold and aggressive, and he was the cousin of George Saunders, who will be featured later in this thread.
Hi Len [#34], I believe Billy Bingham does still live in Southport, and can be seen quite often in the Prince of Wales Hotel obviously enjoying his retirement, and why not?
This particular thread seems to have created a bit more interest, but mainly from the older Evertonians, although one or two, have admitted to not being familiar, with the names of some of the players featured.
37 Posted 15/06/2018 at 11:57:46
"Blunt, unyielding, and a strict disciplinarian, consequently the teams that he managed often produced dull unimaginative football.
However, he collected a few prizes, and the best of the lot was winning the League Championship with Aston Villa in1981. He then set them on the way to the European Cup Final, before rocking the boat and leaving for near neighbours Birmingham City.
Earlier, he had tasted League Cup success in 1975 and 1977, and was a beaten finalist in the same competition in 1973 and 1974, while winning the Second Division title in 1972 and taking the runner's up spot in 1975. Later he guided Birmingham City into the top flight in 1985."
So for a bold, aggressive, blunt, unyielding disciplinarian, not to mention 'Grumpy Bugger' – he didn't do so bad did he?
38 Posted 15/06/2018 at 12:43:49
John, I am surprised Ron Saunders only played three times for Everton; if the game at Cardiff was the 3-1defeat, I was at that game and Jimmy Harris played and scored Everton's goal. I would have bet money (not a lot) that Saunders played quite a few games for the Blues.
39 Posted 15/06/2018 at 12:55:24
Terry (21) your old school and church are still in fine shape, I've been to three or four funerals there in the last two years, two of them for good Evertonians,at one of them Duncan McKenzie attende, not sure but did Tony McNamara, former Everton player, go to St. Mathews?
40 Posted 15/06/2018 at 13:33:41
He has a very peculiar accent which is best described as posh Northern Irish. It was especially enjoyable when he accidentally slipped a Belfast phrase into his plummy vowels. One example is using the word 'till' instead of 'to' and preceding it with the word 'for' as in: "We did not come to the World Cup for till be anyone's whipping boys." A fine manager.
41 Posted 15/06/2018 at 14:05:59
42 Posted 15/06/2018 at 15:02:29
43 Posted 15/06/2018 at 15:42:51
Thanks again to Steve Johnson's wonderful "Everton Results" website, we find that, in 1955, we lost 3-1 away to Cardiff with Jimmy Harris scoring for us but beat them 2-0 at Goodison later in the season with goals from Eddie Wainwright and that man, Tony Mac.
As John Mc, Snr has previously said (#36), the 3 appearances by Ron Saunders were in the 1954-55 season.
44 Posted 15/06/2018 at 16:36:34
45 Posted 15/06/2018 at 18:25:43
I reminded him of that goal in St Luke's church a couple of years ago, he was sitting with Derek Temple and Jimmy Harris, sadly he didn't remember the goal (dementia/ alhziemers) but came back with "a great goal eh" he was sitting with his son who was acting as his carer that day.
Thanks for putting me wise over the Cardiff result. It looks like I saw that match in the right year 1955 but it was the 1955-56 season.
46 Posted 15/06/2018 at 18:49:38
Playing at Number 8 for us that day was Jimmy Gauld, remember him? I think it was his first game also. Scored 8 in 26 games during his one and only season with us. Then went on to be a major part of the betting and match-fixing scandal in the mid-60s that cost us Tony Kay.
47 Posted 15/06/2018 at 19:17:41
Yes, I remember Jimmy Gauld, he played against us earlier in the season at Charlton, we won 2-0, I always maintain that was the first time football was shown on a Saturday night (football highlights of First Division football) the Charlton - Everton game was one of two matches shown, but I can never find any concrete evidence of those games being the first; I definitely know they were shown.
Anyway, back to that game: Was Donavon the captain that day? If I am right about Eggo scoring, then it's possible Peter Farrell also played and Peter was usually the captain, unless he was injured. In my head, Donavon was captain that day.
48 Posted 15/06/2018 at 20:18:08
Peter Farrell did play that day and was presumably captain. According to "Everton Results", Ken Birch went off for about 15 minutes in the first half and so we were with 10 men when Donovan scored.
49 Posted 15/06/2018 at 22:17:47
I was in the Army when the Manchester United game took place, You are correct when you say that Jimmy Gauld made his debut that day, He joined Everton in October 1956 from Charlton Athletic for a fee of £10,500 and was transferred to Plymouth Argyle in October 1957 for a fee of £5,000.
Hi Dave, , I've had to go to the research department for this information, the team that day was, Dunlop, Donovan, Tansey, Birch, Jones, Farrell, McNamara, Gauld, Kirby, Fielding, and Eglington. I should imagine that Peter Farrell would have been captain.
With regards to the televised football match, I have no recollection of that, my understanding is that the first televised Football League match, was the second half of a Blackpool versus Bolton Wanderers game in the early Sixties, a boring 0-0 draw. I am not saying that you are wrong, just that I can't recall it,
As soon as I've submitted this post I'll try 'Google' to see If we can shed some light on the matter.
50 Posted 15/06/2018 at 22:44:43
An early attempt at showing 'Live Football' was made in the early sixties when ITV agreed a deal with the Football League worth £150,000 to screen 26 matches. The first live League match was Blackpool vs Bolton Wanderers on 10 September 1960, which Bolton Wanderers won 1-0 in a half-empty stadium.
51 Posted 16/06/2018 at 04:15:55
Billy Bingham was quite a character indeed.
I remember walking into the manager's office at Goodison around Christmas time 1976. There, sat in his chair with his feet on the table, a large glass of yuletide spirit, smoking a big cigar, was the effervescent, besuited, well-built Northern Irishman. Ruddy-faced and telling a tale of two.
The good times at Everton were about to come to an end for Billy, however, as he would be replaced soon into the New Year by the pale rider that was Gordon Lee.
52 Posted 16/06/2018 at 09:37:00
John, how did you get the evidence about Everton being one of the first teams to be shown on tv for recorded games, I've tried hard to convince many people about that, even got Dave Prentice of the Echo to try and find news of it through the Echo records to no avail, thanks for that John, that's another Diet Coke I owe you, you'll have to take some home and give them to Josh !!!!!!!!
53 Posted 16/06/2018 at 11:57:49
54 Posted 16/06/2018 at 15:08:58
Incidentally you and I would have been among the 53,728 who watched Everton beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 with goals from Roy Vernon  and Jimmy Harris.
55 Posted 16/06/2018 at 16:36:46
That game was played early in the 1960-61 season and was the game after we beat Blackpool 4-1 at Bloomfield Road. I was at that game with my Dad and remember Roy scoring with the ball sticking in the top corner stantion.
Those were, I think, my most special time to be watching the Blues. We scored goals for fun and my particular favourites from then, Mickey Lill and Tommy Ring, made watching highly enjoyable as we also began to add top players like Gabriel and Young.
56 Posted 16/06/2018 at 17:19:39
Terry, I would have been at the Wolves game enjoying Roy Vernon's goals and all-round game but don't think I was at the Blackpool game. As you say, it was great to watch Everton in those days with Vernon, who I rated better than Alex Young, although they were both great players along with Tommy Ring, Gabriel, Kay, Wilson and others.
Mickey Lill also played his part but had a lot of injuries in his short time at Everton, came from Wolves but I don't remember where he went to from the Blues or if his injuries forced him out of the game.
57 Posted 16/06/2018 at 18:47:07
After a little over two seasons at Fratton Park, followed by one season in the Southern League with Guildford City, Lill left English football in May 1966 to join Germiston Callies in South Africa. He soon became manager/coach of the club after retiring from playing for the period 1968 to 1973.
He left Callies to manage Jewish Guild (based in Johannesburg). He eventually worked as a PE teacher at Sacred Heart College, Observatory, just outside central Johannesburg.
He died of cancer in October 2004, aged 68.
58 Posted 16/06/2018 at 19:05:54
Yes Terry, that was a wonderful time to be an Evertonian, it was a wonderful time to be a football supporter, when both sides went all out for a win.
Hi Dave , the Blackpool vs Bolton Wanderers game was played on the Saturday with an evening kick-off, ITV hoped to gain viewers from the afternoon games. I'm going to say they only showed the second half, but don't put money on it, 'I was wrong with the score'.
After leaving Everton Mickey Lill had spells with Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, and Guilford. He moved to South Africa and played for a club called Germiston Callies, he played for a team in South Africa with Ian St John, but I'll have to verify which one.
I can't find out who scored the Bolton goal, but I'll keep trying, I quite liked Freddie Hill, I once saw a photo of him in a newspaper and thought I was looking at Brian Labone.
This VAR is not doing anything for me, other than irritate me, I would much rather watch football the 'Old-fashioned way'.
59 Posted 16/06/2018 at 19:15:21
I have a recollection of Mickey playing in a reserve game at Earle's ground between Everton and Wolves but can't remember if Mickey played for the Blues or Wolves, the game was played at Earle because Goodison Park was getting the underground wiring installed. They also played a reserve game at Anfield during this period against Huddersfield Town reserves, we won 3-1.
60 Posted 16/06/2018 at 19:44:01
I'm sure when my old man first took me to Goodison for ressie games, at least half the proggie was related to the FL game across the park. I have recently hunted in vain for copies of these publications but have come to accept they went on a divorce bongy in 1984!
Anyone out there who can comment?
61 Posted 16/06/2018 at 19:51:57
62 Posted 16/06/2018 at 22:48:26
We were dynamite at home!! Undefeated with 6-1 wins against Leicester, Nottm Forest and Chelsea.
Catterick was appointed in 1962.
63 Posted 16/06/2018 at 23:47:57
The 8-2 defeat at Newcastle was on the day that Dave Hickson made his debut for Liverpool, scoring both goals in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa, whose goal was scored by Peter McParland, but I expect that you already know that.
I attended the Bradford City FA Cup game, and recall Bobby Collins accusing some of his team-mates of being too interested in getting back to Liverpool, and the 'Royal Tiger Club.'
Hi Dave , Terry has given you an accurate account of Everton's failings on the road and excellent home form, but as an avid Evertonian you'll be well aware, that the 6-1 victory was when Tommy Ring made his debut, against Nottingham Forest. So please accept that this information is for those who weren't aware of this.
ps: The run without an away win stretched from 27 December 1958 – Bolton Wanderers 3-0, to 5 September 1960 – Blackpool 4-1... 18 months (allowing for the close season).
64 Posted 17/06/2018 at 03:33:47
To move on, I also attended the Bradford City cup tie. My Dad had a cousin who lived in Bradford so we went over the Pennines to visit and to go to the match. Tea afterwards was rather a sullen affair, if I recall, at least on my part. That game was truly the nadir of supporting the Blues. But brighter days were to come.
Tommy Ring did indeed make his debut 2 weeks later in the 6-1 win over Forest. Naturally, a 2-0 defeat at Fulham intervened. Eddie Thomas got a hat trick v Forest in what I presume was his last game for us as Royston was in the line up the following week, another away loss. But he then scored 6 goals in the next 4 league games. The stuff of which legends are born.
65 Posted 17/06/2018 at 09:08:46
66 Posted 17/06/2018 at 09:49:26
Gordon Banks played for Germiston, breaking his arm if I recall. George Best turned out for Jewish Guild.
67 Posted 17/06/2018 at 11:18:29
68 Posted 17/06/2018 at 14:47:11
69 Posted 17/06/2018 at 18:12:00
Any rain yet in Cape Town?
70 Posted 17/06/2018 at 18:16:52
71 Posted 17/06/2018 at 18:59:44
72 Posted 18/06/2018 at 10:30:49
What I would object to, is the use of unnecessary strong language, and the vilification of fellow posters, just because their opinions do not meet with approval.
I am happy to say that thanks to the people who respond to my articles, I do not fear that threads are in danger of falling into either of those categories,
I suppose I may be looked upon by some as a bit of a prude but my feelings are that I wouldn't like anything that has my name associated, considered unsuitable to be read, by anyone, of any age.
73 Posted 18/06/2018 at 17:18:34
74 Posted 18/06/2018 at 20:23:25
Your threads are a seat in the shade of an oak tree on a summers day. To be quietly savoured.
75 Posted 18/06/2018 at 21:31:16
I'm pleased to learn that you will be on your best behaviour, whilst responding to any contribution I may make, and it seems to me that you are enjoying this latest one.
76 Posted 19/06/2018 at 03:22:02
77 Posted 20/06/2018 at 19:01:21
78 Posted 20/06/2018 at 19:46:47
I read that on a Bay City Rollers poster, to cite the now sadly deceased Mel Smith! So it's fresh and relevant!
John Snr is the mature, respectful voice on this fanatic's site, as I have noticed his posts.
So I hope there is no petty petulance involved on the TW side!
I still think there should be a wider allowance for an article author to reply directly to posts on his article, than for casual quarrelers (you know who you are!) to take up all the band-width with the same limit!
79 Posted 20/06/2018 at 22:34:06
I must stress that I'm quite happy to abide by any rules that might apply, I've no wish to take something that I'm not entitled to.
I would like to thank everyone who spoke on my behalf, I'm sure that their contribution played a large part in securing my reinstatement.
81 Posted 21/06/2018 at 10:03:33
I can now concentrate on part 4 of my article, I did wonder if it was worth the bother, but I don't like to leave a job half done, that's why as soon as I was fit enough, after leaving hospital, I posted the final instalment of 'Favourites aren't always the best'
Let's hope that any further communication between us, takes place in more favourable circumstances.
82 Posted 21/06/2018 at 17:45:03
Apologies accepted. I did get a little pissed off with your decidedly 'ungentlemanly' conduct where you clogged up other threads and insisted on immediate resolution that I simply could not provide — then you rejected my explanation! A chill pill was in order, as these young 'uns would say.
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