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  1. Yes - I saw Chris Turner give a man of the match display for Mun Utd. on telly, but Jack made the right call for us at that time.
  2. Chris Turner was a very good keeper, but Jack Charlton preferred Bob because of his size. We used to say that he had a vampire complex (scared of crosses) when he first started with us, but (presumably) Jack taught him to use his size to dominate his area - I once saw him flatten a centre forward and Mick Lyons to punch clear (not many people flattened Mick Lyons!). I've never heard booing like Bob got in the Blackburn game, but dropping Chris Turner was a controversial decision, and there was a lot of frustration that what we thought would be a promotion season wasn't going well (meanwhile United were top of the division). Still, Bob came good and everything changed after Boxing Day.
  3. I think he played for us in the first division - scored on his debut away at Newcastle.
  4. At last - a good news story coming out of Hillsborough! Thanks O.P.
  5. There were a lot of Wednesdayites in the tap room of The Stag in Rotherham in those days - we hired a mini-bus and went down Friday night. I remember stopping in the midlands and having a few drinks with West Brom fans before sleeping in the bus - some slept outside. We set off early and went to the beach at Exmouth, before going up to Exeter for the game. The first I knew that we were promoted was when Jack ran onto the field to celebrate at the end - then the team came down to our end to celebrate some more. From what I remember, we weren't mathematically up, but the goal difference was so good that we weren't going to be caught in the last game.
  6. I saw a very young Terry Curran play against us in the County Cup away at Donny - midweek - I think about 1975. I remember him because he was by far the best player on the park.
  7. He wins a pen. in this cup tie with Palace. Classic Tommo penalty as well.
  8. He was tough as well. No matter how much of a kicking he took from those 3rd division defenders, he just got up and carried on - and Jeff Johnson sorted out the culprit a few minutes later - great days.
  9. For most of the first home match after the sacking, the Kop chanted for Burtenshaw and against McGee (something about his parentage) - I was only 15 and I've often wondered since what they were thinking, but that's what happened. "Sack the board" chants most weeks? I'm less sure about this, but I don't think so. I think we were remarkably supportive, looking back. Maybe they were more deferential times, there was no social media (even the radio 'phone-in was yet to be invented), and the local papers were more or less supportive of the club (perhaps they had a cosy relationship or thought that positive stories sell papers - I don't know). Obviously the majority of fans had simply stopped going - perhaps only the more upbeat remained - which could be why some people have a rose tinted view of the era (just idle speculation). Steve Burtenshaw was probably appointed with a brief to re-build the club from the bottom up, and his work with the youth side of it is well acknowledged - David Grant, Mark Smith, John Pearson and Mel Sterland all came through the youth set up. I think that he also tried to produce a side playing attractive, passing, football - maybe that's why some people liked him. Of course a passing side will usually lose out to a "more robust" side, unless the players are significantly better, and ours definitely were not - hence the results (and there's nothing attractive about getting battered every week). Bert McGee was said to be a tough character, and his appointment of Ashurst, and later Charlton, reflects this - we needed to kick our way out of division three. Just to end my ramble (guess who's off sick today), it amused me when, a few years later, Martin Peters was appointed manager of United and told the press that his old England colleague Jack, who was by then our manager, had called him to say, "you have to kick your way out of the third division". Peters responded by insisting, "we're going to play our way out", which of course they did - into division 4!
  10. Thanks so much for posting that Dunsby - I was born the day after. I wonder if me dad went (almost certainly did!).
  11. You findings are flabby and impressionistic - more research needed!
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