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1 Posted 05/01/2021 at 19:06:43
2 Posted 05/01/2021 at 19:11:51
3 Posted 05/01/2021 at 19:31:54
It's nice to know that Sky have moved in to rescue football when some, like myself, think that they've played a major role in doing the complete opposite. God bless Sky.
4 Posted 05/01/2021 at 19:46:05
5 Posted 05/01/2021 at 19:47:51
6 Posted 05/01/2021 at 20:02:45
7 Posted 05/01/2021 at 20:10:20
8 Posted 05/01/2021 at 20:10:30
9 Posted 05/01/2021 at 21:52:38
Glazzard was a very good centre-forward, well past his best when we signed him for ٣,000, and he didn't last very long with the Blues. He had the distinction of scoring the winning goal in an FA Cup game versus Preston North End and saving a penalty by Tom Finney in the same game after he went in goal after the Huddersfield shot-stopper went off injured; no subs in those days.
I hope the younger fans on here get loads more great memories from the next few years than they've had up to now!!
10 Posted 05/01/2021 at 22:15:28
Like yourself, I always believed that Glazzard scored four against us but, when I read it, I doubted myself. What I do know is that it was an Easter fixture and we won 2-1 at Goodison and the following day they beat us 8-2 at Leeds Road. I should have trusted my memory.
11 Posted 05/01/2021 at 22:44:28
Either way. it was a very good achievement, four or five goals in one game, all headers, Vic Metcalfe was an English international left-winger, I remember him well.
That Arsenal v Norwich cup game, no recollection of it in 1953-54 but I wouldn't mind betting Terry Bly scored one of the goals for Norwich. I think he holds the record for the most league goals in one season since the Second World War: 52, in the Third Division South; nevertheless, still some feat.
By the way, we, The Blues scored 20 goals in three games that season, vs Plymouth, Derby County and Brentford. I'm not sure if they were three successive games, possibly two of them were away games.
12 Posted 06/01/2021 at 17:43:57
The first game I can recall attending would have been probably mid to late '50s when my brother took me on the crossbar of his bike to Anfield. He was a Red and we went to watch a Liverpool Senior Cup game v Everton, which, as Liverpool were in the old 2nd Division, was the only way there could be a derby game.
My brother sat me on the wall by the goal at the kop end where I was hit by the ball and knocked off during an attack but I don't know which team was responsible.
It wasn't till 1961, I think, that a friend took me to Goodison and I was hooked. The game was against Arsenal with Jack Kelsey in goal for the visitors.
We had Bobby Collins at inside left with Alex Young and Roy Vernon up front. Albert Dunlop was our custodian, Alex Parker and Mick Meaghan full-backs. Labone, Jimmy Harris and Jimmy Gabriel were also involved I think.
So, unless I've dreamt all this, football definitely did exist before 1992, only not as we now know it. Before, it was actually entertaining!
13 Posted 06/01/2021 at 19:15:11
I don't know if you were able to access the link that Tony Shelby  posted, it would appear to be a sarcastic windup to me. I could put it up as a post if you require, and you could then decide what you make of it.
14 Posted 06/01/2021 at 19:47:18
15 Posted 06/01/2021 at 21:01:24
It annoys me when I hear "That's an all-time record for the Premier League" â€“ technically they're correct, but I think to disregard the achievements of clubs from 1888-89 to 1991-92 is disrespectful. I particularly dislike the comments, "It's fair to say then, that the First Division was just an amateur League that, although entertaining, could not be considered a proper English top-flight League like the Premiership." I still believe that it was a windup, if not it's arrogance of the highest order. I'm quite well Andy and I too look forward to another get-together.
16 Posted 06/01/2021 at 21:36:54
17 Posted 07/01/2021 at 01:27:54
18 Posted 07/01/2021 at 08:02:00
There was one sometime ago that a friend who supports Liverpool sent through to me. The ward was:
TV Pundits Vote Liverpool FC “Greatest Football Club Of All Timeâ€
He was taken in by it and refused to believe it wasn't a true award. I did point out that all the pundits voting were ex Reds. :)
Back to the original article, great read. Not my era but really interesting. Look forward to the next part.
19 Posted 07/01/2021 at 13:39:52
My first instinct was that it was a windup, but in the crazy world of the modern media one can never be certain.
Hi Ron ,
There have been many cricketing footballers but, like yourself, I was unaware of Brian Close being one of them. The most notable were Willie Watson (Huddersfield Town) and Denis Compton and Arthur Milton (both of Arsenal). All three were capped by England at both sports.
I take a chance in submitting my articles because I know that fans are, quite naturally, immersed in the topics and problems of today. I just feel that my posts can remind older fans of bygone days, and can give younger fans an insight into the game as we knew it.
20 Posted 07/01/2021 at 14:21:12
21 Posted 07/01/2021 at 14:46:54
22 Posted 07/01/2021 at 14:48:02
I think Jim Standen of West Ham was another who played both. Another goalkeeper.
Never capped, but a decent player at both.
23 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:09:20
I find it interesting that there were over 48,000 in attendance at Goodison and that our opponents were actually in 2nd place in the old First Division while we were toiling around 14th and 15th.
24 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:13:02
I think you are recalling the wonderfully named Arnold Sidebottom who played for Man Utd and cricket for Yorkshire. I think he may have a cap for England too and I have a feeling he was born in Scotland.
25 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:16:38
26 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:32:44
Well remembered. Arnie played one Test for England I think, and his lad Ryan, played a lot for England in all formats.
A few decent cricketers played for Everton once upon a time. See the recent George Sharples article and I remember there was an annual fixture between Everton FC and Bootle CC back in the 60s. I think Brian Harris was pretty useful.
27 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:32:46
28 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:41:29
More recently Chris Balderstone played cricket for Leicester and England and football for Carlisle United when they were in the first division.
Good article John, thanks.
29 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:48:00
There are so many that it would be possible to construct an article on the subject, if anyone had the inclination.
30 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:55:08
31 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:58:01
32 Posted 07/01/2021 at 16:18:58
33 Posted 07/01/2021 at 16:46:12
He was 51 not out for Leicestershire at the end of a day's play and then travelled to Doncaster to play soccer against Brentford. Returning to Leicestershire the following day, he continued his innings to complete a century and went on to take three wickets!
Later that season, he gained an England cap for cricket and later completed his sporting career as a First Class Umpire.
34 Posted 07/01/2021 at 16:48:31
35 Posted 08/01/2021 at 16:02:36
As I stated in an earlier post, there have been many who have played both cricket and football, but the most famous in the Merseyside area is the ex-Everton player Jack Sharp, who played for England at both sports. When he retired he opened a sports shop on Whitechapel, and his logo featured a sportsman dressed in football gear down one side, and cricket gear on the other, with the words "Jack O' Both Sides"
I have no doubt that a lot of fans who played street football will be familiar with the frustration experienced, if you wanted join in and you couldn't, because the sides were equally matched. You had to wait for someone to come along when you could both go 'Pudding or Beef'.
Those of my generation could go 'Jack O' Bo' but that had it's drawbacks, because you could pass the ball to 'Jack O Bo' inadvertently, and he would punish you by scoring against your side. Happy Days!
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