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I feel like a right old* git today doing my reminissing bit again

But does anyone else remember Ron Harris' testimonial? I went to it, but I can't seem to find much info about it

I seem to remember t'was at Leyton Orient's ground & maybe in the very late 70's ?

Did anyone else on here go or remember it?

Bluebeard it's over to you icon_lol.gif

*But lovely :rofl:

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I can only remember the testimonial Ron Harris had on 23 November 1971, which was against the mighty Rangers!

The official attendance was given as 16,362, but I'm sure that the true figure was quite a bit higher - Rangers brought thousands down with them, and it was a good atmosphere. I remember it well, it was the first time I ever saw Rangers play! Both clubs put out full strength teams, and Rangers won 1-0 with a goal by the great Sandy Jardine.

Obviously that's not the one you're thinking of, so I had a look in my copy of Ron Hockings' book of Chelsea history. Only game I could find was Ron Harris' second testimonial on 21 April 1980 (players got a testimonial after ten years service at a club). It was Chelsea Present v Chelsea Past , played at the Bridge in front of just 7,760 people. I know I didn't go, which was unusual, I used to go to all the games. Maybe I was saving my dosh, cos I know I went to Swansea away five days later! PDT_nunu.gificon_wink.gif

Teams in the testimonial looked interesting: -

Present - Bob Iles (Tommy Langley*), Gary Chivers, John Sparrow, Jimmy Clare, Mickey Nutton (Bobby Gould), Colin Pates, Ian Britton, Mike Fillery, Tommy Langley (Gary Johnson), Colin Lee, Chris Sulley (Peter Rhoades Brown)

* - maybe Tommy Langley went in goal when Gary Johnson came on?

Past - Peter Bonetti (Tommy Hughes), David Webb, Allan Harris (Tommy Baldwin), Ron Harris, John Dempsey, Graham Wilkins, Ian Botham icon_eek.gif (Pat Holland), Mickey Droy, George Graham (S.Miller), Ray Wilkins (Jimmy Greaves), Peter Osgood (Bobby Tambling), Ian Hutchinson (Bill Garner)

Jimmy Greaves scored the only goal of the game, not bad considering he must have been about 75 at the time icon_lol.gif

Don't know where you got the Leyton Orient connection from - why would they play a testimonial for Chopper at Orient? Maybe you're getting a confused flashback - we won 7-3 at Orient earlier that season! icon_lol.gif

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I can only remember the testimonial Ron Harris had on 23 November 1971, which was against the mighty Rangers!

The official attendance was given as 16,362, but I'm sure that the true figure was quite a bit higher - Rangers brought thousands down with them, and it was a good atmosphere. I remember it well, it was the first time I ever saw Rangers play! Both clubs put out full strength teams, and Rangers won 1-0 with a goal by the great Sandy Jardine.

Obviously that's not the one you're thinking of, so I had a look in my copy of Ron Hockings' book of Chelsea history. Only game I could find was Ron Harris' second testimonial on 21 April 1980 (players got a testimonial after ten years service at a club). It was Chelsea Present v Chelsea Past , played at the Bridge in front of just 7,760 people. I know I didn't go, which was unusual, I used to go to all the games. Maybe I was saving my dosh, cos I know I went to Swansea away five days later! PDT_nunu.gificon_wink.gif

Teams in the testimonial looked interesting: -

Present - Bob Iles (Tommy Langley*), Gary Chivers, John Sparrow, Jimmy Clare, Mickey Nutton (Bobby Gould), Colin Pates, Ian Britton, Mike Fillery, Tommy Langley (Gary Johnson), Colin Lee, Chris Sulley (Peter Rhoades Brown)

* - maybe Tommy Langley went in goal when Gary Johnson came on?

Past - Peter Bonetti (Tommy Hughes), David Webb, Allan Harris (Tommy Baldwin), Ron Harris, John Dempsey, Graham Wilkins, Ian Botham icon_eek.gif (Pat Holland), Mickey Droy, George Graham (S.Miller), Ray Wilkins (Jimmy Greaves), Peter Osgood (Bobby Tambling), Ian Hutchinson (Bill Garner)

Jimmy Greaves scored the only goal of the game, not bad considering he must have been about 75 at the time icon_lol.gif

Don't know where you got the Leyton Orient connection from - why would they play a testimonial for Chopper at Orient? Maybe you're getting a confused flashback - we won 7-3 at Orient earlier that season! icon_lol.gif

Brentford! It was Brentford icon_redface.gif

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Ah, think I know where you're getting confused here, Katz.

Chopper was still a Chelsea player when he had the testimonial at the Bridge in April 1980, but as Ossie13 says, he joined Brentford at the end of the season.

At the start of the following season, Chelsea played a friendly at Brentford, with Chopper playing against Chelsea for the first time in his life. Chelsea put out their strongest team, yet lost 0-3 - a sign of things to come in the following season - we finished 12th in Division 2 icon_rolleyes.gif

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Ah, think I know where you're getting confused here, Katz.

Chopper was still a Chelsea player when he had the testimonial at the Bridge in April 1980, but as Ossie13 says, he joined Brentford at the end of the season.

At the start of the following season, Chelsea played a friendly at Brentford, with Chopper playing against Chelsea for the first time in his life. Chelsea put out their strongest team, yet lost 0-3 - a sign of things to come in the following season - we finished 12th in Division 2 icon_rolleyes.gif

Bluebeard you're the master at these things & by jove I think you're right

It definatley wasn't at the bridge so in 1980 at Brentford I was 13-14 Christ no wonder I was confused icon_lol.gif

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