15:33, Mon 23 Mar
82 today.

My first Blues hero was Eddy Brown. Bertie was my 2nd hero.
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15:37, Mon 23 Mar
Birtday đŸ˜†
Very good
Fat Buddha - 'Rab C Nesbitt. He's a contrary fecker, but invariably right. He has his finger on the motherfecking pulse.'
Thanks Rab!

Now corrected.

Not edited, it appears! Ah well, Birtday will do!
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DES
17:06, Mon 23 Mar
I love listening to him!
Loved the Blues! His son Dean is in the trucking industry!
I just about remember him playing for us.
We signed him from Celtic and sold him back there, if you think of midfield creator, then that is him, everything went through him, footballing tactician of the highest order!

Happy birtday it is!
17:28, Mon 23 Mar
Good socialist Bertie, he went to some sort of a shindig for Tommy Sheridan the other week. Looks like a cheeky, lively old effer
18:02, Mon 23 Mar
#metoo
Alive: but not living.
19:02, Mon 23 Mar
Happy Birthday Bertie.

After Jeff Hall he became my next hero down the Blues.

Not disappointed when I met him at Elmdon when Gil was manager (I was mates with Neil Merrick).
19:41, Mon 23 Mar
My first hero was Gordon Astall, and then Bertie. I met him at the league Cup 1964 winners reunion and asked him if my memory of an incident was correct.
He was playing in midfield and running the game. He got the ball and nobody from the opposition came near him, so he looked around and sat down on the ball near the centre circle and folded his arms.
"Did I really see that Bertie?" I asked.
His reply was one word.
"Ipswich."
22:40, Mon 23 Mar
Happy birthday Bertie, my childhood hero!!!
KC
23:08, Mon 23 Mar
Would be in my top 20 Blues players and I can go back 63 years. Thought he was more of a left winger but may be wrong. Remember seeing him get sent off for smacking one Fulham player and nutting the other. Think it was Cooke and first £100 a week player Johnny Haynes. Often over used but the word legend bang on for Bertie.
23:23, Mon 23 Mar
KC
Your recollection is spot on.

And because Maurice Cook was so much taller than Bertie, he had to jump to "kiss" him.
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07:20, Tue 24 Mar
Can just about remember seeing him play in the no 11 shirt. I must have been 5 or 6 and I remember my dad telling me he was the player to watch.

Certainly feisty, certainly a creative heart of the team. Sure times were different then, but most clubs seemed to have a nuggety rock-hard Scot driving their midfield...maybe that type only died out when the shipyards and slums in the West of Scotland got cleaned up so soccer stopped being the only route out.

Vaguely remember a story about him deliberately running the ball out of play, picking the ball up and taking the throw in...from which we scored..the opposition were so dumbfounded they didn't get round to appealing and the goal stood. Anyone else remember that or is it just memory playing tricks?
08:52, Tue 24 Mar
KC
Yes, remember that. I think he was sent off twice that season, the next one was for nutting Ron Yeats! Mainly a left winger for us though he did play inside left later on, and that’s where he played when he went back to Celtic.
DES
10:14, Tue 24 Mar
merseypete
Yes, remember that. I think he was sent off twice that season, the next one was for nutting Ron Yeats! Mainly a left winger for us though he did play inside left later on, and that’s where he played when he went back to Celtic.
That’s correct pete, he morphed into an old fashioned number10 midfield general for Celtic, and he helped pile the pressure on inter in that 67 European cup final, celtics attacking play proved to good for the Italian defender.
They won 2.1 to record first British won in that competition, after being 1.0 down to an early penalty!
Kro
11:39, Tue 24 Mar
Don't remember that one, but I do remember a ballboy placing the ball for a corner and Bertie gestured to him to play it to him.

He did, Bertie received the ball and crossed and we scored. But I think that one was disallowed because the ref hadn't blown his whistle for the corner to be taken - didn't spot the "12th player" we had on the pitch at the time!
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