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Derek Taylor
1 Posted 15/10/2019 at 18:31:19
Catterick got us to 4th place that season, Alisdair, thanks mainly to Fred Pickering who bagged no less than 36 goals in all games.

The Echo branded the Leeds game at Goodison as one of the dirtiest ever with Sandy Brown getting sent off after only five minutes. The ref took both teams off after about half and hour to calm down. They didn't !

Alan McGuffog
2 Posted 15/10/2019 at 18:44:01
The game against Stoke. I may have been dreaming this but in this game, similar weather conditions, was Andy Rankin in goal? And did he get injured and play out the game on the left wing with Sandy going in goal? I'm not sure such a thing was allowed in professional football which makes me wonder if this is false memory syndrome. Anyone?
Dave Williams
3 Posted 15/10/2019 at 19:28:31
Alan, I think it was allowed back then. Players could even continue with blood on their shirt back then and with no subs it was not unusual to see an injured goalkeeper stuck out on the wing while an outfielder went in goal.

Players were much tougher back then!

Alasdair Jones
4 Posted 16/10/2019 at 13:11:35
Alan, you are correct. I recall the incident but I'm not sure why Rankin was playing. Presumably Gordon was injured However Sandy did pull off a couple of game saving stops, and the team kept the ball away from the new winger as best they could. Interesting to note that the game attracted about 5,000 more spectators in the hope that the previous weeks goal fest would be repeated.

Derek, yes it was the season of the infamous game against newly promoted Leeds who from that day on cast a stain over the First Division and heralded a new mean spirited era whenever they played, as reflected in the film about Brian Clough.

Per Stumo
6 Posted 16/10/2019 at 20:13:20
Peter Mills
7 Posted 18/10/2019 at 14:16:07
Alan, Dave, I think that situation lead to a change in the rules, certainly as far as goalies went in European games. I remember Gordon West injuring his shoulder in an Inter Cities Fairs Cup game the following season against Nuremberg, and Andy Rankin came on as sub. I think goalies were the only players who could be subbed.

I’m sure I can remember someone playing for us on the left wing with his arm in a sling.

Martin Nicholls
8 Posted 21/10/2019 at 18:29:06
Good article Sas - why wasn't Yozz with you?!

Can't say I recall either of these two games but I vividly remember our greatest victory at Anfield earlier that season in which Rankin played (out of his skin!) - I think Westie might have been injured as I recall that the result was unexpected as we were forced to play an injury hit eleven.

Alasdair Jones
9 Posted 26/10/2019 at 08:33:59

Yoz aka Graham Hughes, being almost two years younger than myself was probably under a shorter parental leash at the time. I think regular joint attendance along with some others from school probably came the following season. However he did go with me to the rearranged derby game in April 1965; won 2-1.

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