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Ewan Hoozarmi

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  1. John Byrne was close to equalling Ossie's record of scoring in every round that year and only missed out when they lost to 2-0 to Liverpool in the final. Still another record we have! Still a great cup run that year, seeing as we'd rarely get past Round 4 in those days. From memory, I think we got something like 34,000 for the Sheff Utd game and yet when we played them in the league weeks later it was less than half that.
  2. A couple of things strike me about this photo. The first is just how much of a gap there was between the East Stand, which you can just see on the left, and the Shed terrace. It makes it look as if the players are kicking a ball about in the park - albeit with mounted Police and an Ice Cream van looking on. The second perfectly demonstrates the huge 'crown' on the pitch back then. You can't even see the far touchline and the ground falls away closer to the camera too. This was always evident if you stood behind the East Stand and looked up through the old tunnel towards the pitch.
  3. I was at this one - and so was a young future Chelsea left back Tony Dorigo. Looks like he's got his hands full trying to thwart Wee Pat. Steve Hodge looking on.
  4. I'm just a bit too young to have seen Graham Wilkins in all his glory! You're right though, can't have been easy for the bloke having such a natural talent like Butch as a brother. Canners speaks favourably about Wilkins G in his book actually. In one of his first training sessions at Chelsea, Graham was encouraging him to take him on and show the other players how good he was, so I imagine it stems from that.
  5. Interesting shots from the North Terrace that I've not seen before, but I think that's actually from the Charlton game that ended 1-1 and condemned us to the sod awful Play-Offs in the first place. I was at that and remember some of our lot got escorted out of the away end after it went off once we'd scored. I'm pretty sure that Judas Durie took a tumble outside the box for our penalty that day too. Terrible memories all round.
  6. I was at that too. To add insult to injury, our former 'star' Roy Wegerle scored their goal from the penalty spot after Rodders inexplicably performed a one handed drag-back over the ball, right in front of the referee. We were bloody awful that day, partly due to the kit we wore I reckon. At least it was a warm afternoon.
  7. The 'keeper is a lad called Paul Nicholls. Got released in 2000 and joined Havant & Waterlooville. He had a good non-League career alongside being a football agent and remains a good mate of JT. He was also his agent at one time.
  8. I played organised 11-a-side football up until the age of 35. All the way through school and then into Old Boys football. Senior level was the highest I ever got, but I did actually get 20 minutes for Chelsea Under 11s in a friendly in 1985. (Obviously never good enough, but it is my one claim to football fame!) Anyway, you could tell the kids who were on League teams' books. They were always either quicker or stronger than you - and most were both. If you had pace you could be taught to play football to a degree. Thanks to that and some decent coaching from quality football people, some lads I remember did get to turn pro, but it really is just a handful. One guy I played with from a very young age was light-years beyond anyone else. The sort of skillful midfielder who could beat all 10 outfield players and then stick it in the top corner. He did make it to the Premier League, but only ever as a right-back! It's hard to understand just how good you have to be.
  9. With all the concrete and breeze blocks on display, it looks like the back of the East Stand?
  10. I always liked Davies, particularly his way of commentating on a goal. He would often almost shout the words; "...and Dixon....SCORES!" He also tipped us for the FA Cup one year by saying he thought Pat Nevin would enjoy himself at Wembley! But you're right Ersk, he is indeed a Spud. (He kept that quiet!)
  11. Not wishing to stereotype the boys north of the border, but here's a sample of what Aberdeen left in the away end after their European Cup game at Liverpool in 1980!
  12. One of our finest goalkeepers and obviously being such an important part of that team, you can't fail to love the bloke. I was lucky enough to meet Eddie back in 1989, as a mate of my Dad promoted his benefit match. I have to admit that as a 14 year old, I was pretty dumbstruck to meet him and even managed to cock up a simple 'Hello' as I stumbled over my words. Former legends are always made welcome back at the Bridge, even when they're still plying their trade at other clubs. The reception Eddie used to get when running out to warm up the opposition 'keeper was great.
  13. Doesn't this photo sum up everything that was wrong with crowd control back then? Cram the away fans into the tightest Nun's crotch of a corner of terracing, while the Palace Nigels in the two other pens of the Holmesdale terrace have the freedom of Selhurst Park! I know we had a reputation back then, but even so.
  14. Rugby League at the Bridge. Fulham RLFC v Cardiff in 1983. (I think the last shot has been posted on here previously.) Courtesy of Vince Taylor's excellent @Groundtastic Twitter site. (Photos by Bob Lilliman.)
  15. Right, I'm going to stick my neck out here. I reckon it's the first home game back in the First Division v Sunderland on the Bank Holiday Monday. (A one-nil win with Canners getting the goal.) For some reason, I seem to recall Uncle Ken organised a chopper to bring in the Canon League Div II trophy for a fancy presentation. It must be early season, as there's green grass on the pitch! The players' kit looks about right for 1984, as does the West Stand. Happily be proven wrong though...
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