22:44, Wed 13 Jun
The Hurricane
johnthefence
Does anyone remember that tiny little stand with its own roof between the paddocks and the front of the railway end.


yes, it was there right up until the old Railway Stand was pulled down I think

sponsored by both ABC and Tritron Showers among others I think

It was also known as "Busmen's Corner" .....the off duty drivers and conductors (or clippies) for BCT were usually housed there

The whole of the Railway End stand used to be a small shed and when it was rebuilt in the style of the (present day) Main Stand presumably sometime early 1960's, they left the corner section standing for some reason, hence the strange little corner stand.

Those were the days when the Railway End was so low that a bad shot often went clean over the stand onto the railway embankment. A world away from the colossal thing we have now, and don't use.
22:45, Wed 13 Jun
Wasn`t Ray Martin right back
22:49, Wed 13 Jun
this stand is an eye sore and was built on the cheap.
22:49, Wed 13 Jun
For a couple of seasons , 68-70 Ray Martin and Bert Murray used to both have spells at right back . Martin made the position his own again after Murray left ( retired ?) . Then Tommy Carroll came along and again , Martin reclaimed it after he went .
Southside Blue , not only keeping the blues alive but also singlehandedly saving the British Manufacturing Industry .
22:56, Wed 13 Jun
Thats correct, i used to like Carroll, Martin was shite for ages then had the season of his life and saved the club from spending a fortune on a new r/back
08:29, Thu 14 Jun
Southside Blue
.. Tony Hateley , a hat trick for Blues ? Never as long as he had a hole in his bottom

His goal return for Blues was disappointing considering the hefty fee we shelled out for him ... ….only 6 goals in less than 30 games.....he had a similar drought at Chelsea , scoring only 6 in 28 games , he was actually signed by Chelsea for a then British record fee of 100K and was a stop gap replacement for broken leg victim Peter Osgood, who obviously was more favoured by Chelsea's support , Osgood being much more of a flair player

But Tony Hateley was known for a few hat tricks, he scored two hat tricks for Liverpool in just one season and once scored four for The Vile when they pulled back from 1-5 down to draw 5-5 with Tottenham


Obviously Big Tone was a typical old style aerial combat type of centre forward, that was his strength but technically he was very limited and cumbersome when the ball was on the deck


He certainly was a journeyman, played for 8 clubs including four Midlands sides ,Blues, Vile, Notts Co (twice) and Coventry

Commenting on his abilty, Tommy Docherty labelled Hateley's passes "addressed to whom it may concern " …..That made me chuckle
08:39, Thu 14 Jun
Which brings me to Phil Summerill


Very underrated striker and was a local lad too who came through our youth set up a few years before The Latchford bros , Kung Fu Gazza, Trevor and Kenny Burns


Never realized he was our top scorer three seasons running.....1969-1971 ….46 goals in 118 games for Blues, that's pretty impressive


He spent the first nine years of his career at Blues....was basically frozen out once TF and Bob Latchford formed a storming partnership but Summerill himself formed a decent partnership with both Geoff Vowden and Jimmy Greenhoff ...and usually outscored them both


One of the most underrated players to play in the Royal Blue....along with Gleghorn , Donowa, Georgie Smith, Ainscow, Tony Evans, Phil Cooper and quite a few others


KRO
08:56, Thu 14 Jun
The Hurricane
Which brings me to Phil Summerill


Very underrated striker and was a local lad too who came through our youth set up a few years before The Latchford bros , Kung Fu Gazza, Trevor and Kenny Burns


Never realized he was our top scorer three seasons running.....1969-1971 ….46 goals in 118 games for Blues, that's pretty impressive


He spent the first nine years of his career at Blues....was basically frozen out once TF and Bob Latchford formed a storming partnership but Summerill himself formed a decent partnership with both Geoff Vowden and Jimmy Greenhoff ...and usually outscored them both


One of the most underrated players to play in the Royal Blue....along with Gleghorn , Donowa, Georgie Smith, Ainscow, Tony Evans, Phil Cooper and quite a few others
Another player I think often gets overlooked although he didn,t join until 1970 is Alan Campbell. Always rated him , and his long hair and moustache certainly fitted with the Blues look of the day.


KRO
DES
09:00, Thu 14 Jun
Yes hurricane some record of Phil’s wasn’t it, last game I recall him playing was Boxing Day 71 @ Bristol city we lost 1.0 but apart from Leeds in semi NEVER LOST AGAIN till opening game of following season! Happy days!
Kro
DES
09:03, Thu 14 Jun
zxcv
this stand is an eye sore and was built on the cheap.
Zx you mean the present Gm stand?
Kro
14:02, Thu 14 Jun
DES
Yes, from the outside Des its awful.
Alan Campbell came from Charlton, for £70,000 what a snip, but i agree Gorgie Smith with his blond hair was so underrated, he came from Boro for £40,000 i think it was. Bob Hatton was only 80,000 from Carlisle and Gordon Taylor just 17,500. from Bolton lol. We once paid a fortune tho .... £140,000 for John Roberts from Arsenal, Center Half. Think we still owe them the last installment for him. lol
14:22, Thu 14 Jun
Phil Summerill used to get stick off Blues fans though.

A few years ago I was sorting old programmes in the loft - they were ones that my dad had passed on to me, probably from about 69/70 ish, when I would have been too young to take much interest in them.

Anyway, in one I looked at there was quite a long interview with Summerill and he was bemoaning the fact that Blues fans gave him so much grief. Said he couldn't understand it - he was local, always tried his best, had a good record...but felt he couldn't do anything right for some fans.

Blues fans have always been a bit weird.

Bob Latchford used to get called crap and lazy as well.
DES
14:29, Thu 14 Jun
No not having that about bob latch, hero from first day he appeared. Phil summer hill did get stick Tbf think he had poor body language issues cos his record was first class!
Kro
14:39, Thu 14 Jun
DES
My dad, uncle and their mates were forever gypping Latchford. Which used to really annoy me as a little 'un because I worshipped him.

Lazy was a word that was often used. He also got stick because (and in fairness this was true) he used to miss some bloody sitters. He also wasn't Trevor Francis who everybody agreed was the best - except me, I always preferred Latchford. He stood out and was the first player I focussed in on as a kid, I never changed that allegiance.

Even now - you'll hear a lot of people say they preferred Francis - even Hatton.

When I was a kid and my dad, uncle and their crowd used to criticise Latchford I thought they were just being weird, sometimes I even thought they were trying to tease me because they knew I was such a fanboy.

But as I got older and started mixing with a wider circle of Blues fans - outside my family - I was horrified to discover that the perception of him as lazy was quite widespread.

He definitely divided opinion somewhat whilst he was with us.

When he got thirty goals for Everton people might have revisited their opinion mind...
DES
14:52, Thu 14 Jun
Bloody hell spike where I stood he was lionised ( middle of Blues mob on the kop) yes he didn’t work hard and yes he did miss a few Ipswich fa cup one was unmissable. But we loved his goals and his aggression.
Couldnt believe what a gent he was when I met him! Bit like steve bull! Both gave it loads on the pitch but totally different off it!
In my all time Blues eleven, him and Trev up top in a 4.4.2!
Kro
22:14, Thu 14 Jun
Ray Martin was right back before Bert, Murray had a wicked right foot and was brilliant with direct free kicks. Does anyone remember Denis Isherwood playing right back too?
DES
22:50, Thu 14 Jun
Think Denis Isherwood might have played in 5.5 draw v Blackburn year we were relegated, loved Bert Murray! Great attacking full back!
Kro
00:03, Fri 15 Jun
DES
Colin Green was our usual no 3, and Cullis played him out of position in the no 8 shirt against the Baggies at Villa Park in the semi. Changed a line up that beat Chelsea in the 6th round and it backfired.
DES
00:09, Fri 15 Jun
Great name rocksteady, from memory Trevor hockey was injured and he had dropped Vincent for great away win at Pompey as he had zero defensive side to his game hence two defensive midfielders 8 & 10.
Also we dominated semi but sadly it wasn’t our day!
Kro
09:47, Fri 15 Jun
DES
Spare a thought for Dennis Thwaites

Murdered in the Tunisia terrorist attack

RIP....never forgotten, Den …..decent striker on his day and a loyal servant to BCFC


(tu)
09:55, Fri 15 Jun
Some very popular players from the 60's era

Bertie Auld

Johnny Schofield

Jimmy Bloomfield

Terry Hennessey

Mike Hellawell

Ron Wylie

Malcom Beard

Winston Foster

Ronnie Fenton

Bobby Thompson (ex Wolves and England left back) ….often confused with striker Bobby Thomson who we signed from Vile a few years before

Johnny Sleeuwenhoek also joined us from B6 but injury wrecked his career after a short spell …..very good centre back


Gary Pendrey and the Latchford brothers were first teamers before 1970 came around....Malcom Page was a regular during the 60's too, stayed loyal to Blues right up to 1981 was once our most capped international for quite a while too


KRO
DES
10:51, Fri 15 Jun
hurrican did you see that article about malcolm page just had second knee replacement op?
Great servent to the club, was it 64 to 81?

I recall Dennis Thwaites (RIP) playing against both sheff wed and man u in that 69 cup run.

KRO

p.s. Dave Robinson scored a pen in that man u match, sha,me he never developed into the player we all thought he might become, we have had some crap centre backs if you think about it
Winnie Foster, Brian Sharples, Kendo Nagasaki and Geoff Scott Oh and that otto whatshis name!
All of em abosolutely shizen!
11:37, Fri 15 Jun
George Smith was in a swap deal for Johnny Vincent R.I P. another taken too young.
11:41, Fri 15 Jun
Thwaites was a cracking player. Apparently he used to throw up before games due to nervousness (along with Gary Sprake)and hence so few games in comparison to his length of time at Blues. R.I.P. both.
16:12, Sun 17 Jun
So we finally get the person to blame for that Millwall defeat. As I remember we were two nil up with 20 minutes to go and lost 3-2.
16:52, Sun 17 Jun
Yep funny how it’s stayed with me for half a century!
17:11, Sun 17 Jun
Lways Alpert was it Spanish Fly?
17:13, Sun 17 Jun
I remember the mail reporter saying the outraged crowd wanted taken away as they were chanting Gerrem off! - I think we meant something different.......