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1 Posted 07/05/2020 at 20:15:58
He got genuinely embarrassed if you wanted to talk about him at Everton. A gentle man in the truest sense of the word. I almost had to blackmail him to get his autograph.
Truly popular with everyone who knew him, which was hard to achieve in Littlewoods in those days.
A good player for Everton, underrated by many, but a bridge between old Everton and new Everton in some ways.
Lovely piece, Rob. Thanks
2 Posted 07/05/2020 at 20:44:33
Tommy took the penalties as well and had a good record taking them. Players were a different breed in those days, down to earth, well most of them, but very proud of playing and giving their all for the club.
Another player well described, Rob, well done.
3 Posted 07/05/2020 at 20:58:31
4 Posted 08/05/2020 at 08:01:22
He looked neat and confident and rarely seemed to have a bad game. In those days central defenders weren't all giants, Billy Wright, the England captain and centre-half, was no more than 5'-8" and Joe Shaw at Sheffield United no more than 5'-7", so the fact that Jones wasn't a six-footer was not that unusual.
A player I remember with great respect.
5 Posted 08/05/2020 at 09:15:02
6 Posted 08/05/2020 at 12:32:40
The colour picture at Bellefield with Tommy Ring and Ray Veall I think, reminds me of a chance meeting with Veall down in New Zealand where, somewhat less hirsute, he was player/managing Gisborne City in their national league in the mid 70s.
Watched them a few times and had a couple of beers with him and he loved talking about his time with the Blues in such a faraway posting. He mentioned Jones as well as all the other Blue stars that were readying themselves to be the Champions of England.
7 Posted 09/05/2020 at 13:16:45
Hoping someone does one on my favourites Peter Farrell and Tommy Eglington – two of the nicest footballers I ever met. Happy days when, as someone mentioned, footballers behaved like the rest of us.
8 Posted 10/05/2020 at 09:22:20
If I remember rightly, they concentrated so much on Lawton that one of the County players scored four goals. T E Jones was quite red-faced about the result. Other than the gentle push, Jones was an exceptionally clean and fair player in a less than average team.
9 Posted 10/05/2020 at 10:09:40
10 Posted 11/05/2020 at 19:53:28
11 Posted 11/05/2020 at 21:09:12
12 Posted 12/05/2020 at 14:36:12
13 Posted 12/05/2020 at 15:20:44
It was indeed Harry Leyland who played in goal that day, the team was Harry Leyland, George Saunders, Jock Lindsay, Peter Farrell, Tommy Jones, Cyril Lello, Tony McNamara, Wally Fielding, John Willie Parker, Ted Buckle, and Tommy Eglington. John Willie Parker scored the goal in the 5-1 defeat. Incidentally, the attendance of 49,604 was the highest of the season, I think that the attraction of Tommy Lawton was the reason.
14 Posted 12/05/2020 at 15:39:30
15 Posted 12/05/2020 at 15:52:51
16 Posted 12/05/2020 at 16:43:02
Yes it was a special night, that game at Oldham, got in early but not long after the game started had to get onto the surrounding area behind the goal a few feet from the touch line, along with hundreds of young fans.
As soon as the final whistle blew I was dashing towards my idol Davie Hickson when I fell over, luckily I was picked up by a fellow blue before I was trampled into the ground by the thousands of stampeding Everton fans coming onto the pitch. A great, never to be forgotten night, for the thousands of us Everton fans who had made the trip to Boundary Park.
17 Posted 12/05/2020 at 20:16:33
scored two penalties in a victory 4-2. Nigel Simms
was their Goalkeeper. I was fourteen about then.
John Mac can you get that crystal ball down, Thank
18 Posted 14/05/2020 at 10:13:37
I understand the lack of a 6-0 win did not dampen my Dads celebrations, which continued on the way home at The Greyhound on the East Lancs Road, before he reported directly for work at the fruit, veg and flower market in Queen Square at 4.00 a.m. He was met instantly by his boss (his own Dad) who gave him the bollocking of a lifetime for turning up for duty somewhat dishevelled and with a suggestion of alcohol on his breath. My Grandad then sat him down with a cup of tea and demanded full details of the match.
19 Posted 14/05/2020 at 12:43:53
For me going to school on the bus was brilliant sharing our tales of last nights win, and to be honest Liverpool getting relegated didnt come into it, Ive saved that for the last sixty odd years.
20 Posted 15/05/2020 at 10:19:26
Hope you are doing okay Ray during these bleak times, very best wishes.
21 Posted 16/05/2020 at 15:41:19
I thought it was 1959-60, because Wally (Nobby) Fielding was playing. COYB.
22 Posted 16/05/2020 at 17:15:51
23 Posted 16/05/2020 at 17:35:08
You are right regarding Wally Fielding being absent from the fixture away to Villa on 8 November 1958. I was serving in Cyprus at the time so I've been forced to consult the record books.
Wally's final game was against Tottenham Hotspur in the 10-4 debacle. That date, 11 October 1958, is etched on my memory, along with 29 January 1955, the 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the FA Cup, a Second Division outfit that hadn't won an away game.
24 Posted 16/05/2020 at 18:12:09
I stand to be corrected about Wally Fielding. Excuse me gents I was 12 years of age.
25 Posted 16/05/2020 at 23:31:33
In 1984, at UCD away game, I was with the home fans and got a tap on the shoulder from the guy sitting behind me. With a beaming smile, he introduced himself as Peter Farrell and went on to talk for quite a while about playing with TG and TE. He was undeniably a proud Evertonian and Irishman. Meeting Peter was the best thing about being at the game that night.
26 Posted 17/05/2020 at 10:01:30
It hasn't been mentioned on this thread but the Oldham game should have been played earlier in the season, January, I think, I travelled to Oldham on that bleak dank day only for the game to be postponed... maybe it was a good decision.
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