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  1. I did also spot Willie with a "y"....perhaps, given his friendship with Lulu, that was intended? But have to say that having started this it is a real memory jerker. I almost miss those times!
  2. Aaaaargh.....Roger Wylde. One of my pet hates.... And are you sure the guy's name was Geoff Eggerton....and not Geoff Eggington?
  3. Mine arrived yesterday. Will give it a good read over the weekend. I see it includes the (anonymous) story of my trip to Shrewsbury from London in April 1976; fame at last!
  4. Sort of. Chesterfield could still, theoretically, have overtaken us after the Exeter game; with two games left they were four points behind us. But they had a 14 goal difference to make up...which clearly they weren't going to do. So whilst bar the shouting the Exeter game was the one promotion wasn't a fact until after the Carlisle game.
  5. He made his debut after the Boxing Day disaster at Tranmere in 1977 when we were adrift at the foot of the Third and immediately looked the part. It wasn't until the last minute of his third game, away to Carlisle, that he actually conceded and that was all down to Ian Porterfield. Actually, I've never heard any stick given to any Wednesday player like Porterfield got after that goal. He was always a bit error prone (anyone remember the divot episode against Barnsley....or was it Rotherham?) but for my money was the best keeper we had had since Ron Springett. And Big Jack clearly thought so too. Was disappointed when he left.
  6. One of the biggest regrets of my life that I couldn't get to the Southend match. Living in London at the time I just couldn't make it....though I had managed to get to Shrewsbury for a Tuesday night match a couple of weeks before! Didn't get to find out the result till after the 10pm news on the radio....agony! Prendo was probably the most honest player I've ever seen, gave his all. He epitomised out on the pitch what every fan on the terrace felt about Wednesday.
  7. Big Jack's first game as Wednesday manager was a night game at Exeter. I didn't go to it but some of the London Owls (I was living in London then) did and they all said we were absolutely terrible. Jack said after that game that things would get worse before they got better and, boy, was he right. Those away games at Cambridge, Wigan and Tranmere within a few weeks of each other at the end of 1977 are amongst my worst memories of watching us. It just seemed that nothing, not even Big Jack, could save us from oblivion. But just as 1977 finished we began to turn the corner, got a couple of good results, and we were off the bottom and slowly but surely we inched our way forward. The change by the end of that season was nothing short of remarkable because there was hardly a Wednesday fan who didn't honestly believe that great days lay just around the corner. It was simply fantastic having a manager who could inspire that level of belief in the fans. And what a backroom team to have. Big Jack as manager with Tony Toms, Maurice Setters and Saint as assistants. And John Harris who was one of the best signings of the lot.
  8. We were terrible that day. Mark Smith missed his first penalty for us and the initial rumour, at full time, was that Chesterfield had won at Millwall. That would have meant, with their game in hand (away to United!), that they could still overtake us. Then it came on the radio that they had lost.... On the train back to London with my girlfriend and we were in the buffet with the London Owls....and the referee with signed match ball. It was the last match he was in charge of before retiring. My God did we get him slaughtered....
  9. I'd been going to home games with my dad for about three years at the start of that season, just buying tickets at the turnstile. Dad was convinced that we'd get to Wembley that year so for the first time we had season tickets with my uncle as well in the North. Amazingly he was right so no problem about getting tickets for the final! But then we did go to every game in the cup run. They were all played in terrible conditions which actually just suited us.
  10. What did for us was Man City's fixture congestion after getting to the Cup Winners Cup Final. They played that same day at home to Sunderland, and then at home to Palace on the Monday and away to Southampton on the Wednesday. The game against Palace was vital; City fielded a much under-strength side (not surprisingly) and Palace beat them 1-0. It was the result which ultimately sent us down as it meant we then had to get a win and a draw from our last two games which, of course, we failed to do. Having said that, we were given every chance to beat City but that's another story....
  11. Can remember that weekend like it was yesterday. Had only started going out with my girlfriend (now wife) about a month before and, working in the City, we'd decided to make a weekend of it. She got the train down from Chelmsford to London on the Friday to meet up with me and my workmates as I think someone was leaving; first time she'd met them. She took a shine to one of the other guys who was a spit for Paul Young (remember him?) but then she was always like that.... Got a bit merry then up to Euston (or was it Kings Cross) for the train to Birmingham as we were staying at the Holiday Inn. Just our luck; some guy half way up the train line had demolished a bridge with his car so after waiting on the train they eventually told us we were stuck. Decided to go back to Chelmsford, get refunds on the tickets, and drive up even though we were both well over. Was incredibly foggy near Birmingham and a coach ended up driving into the central barrier and we only just missed it. Got to the hotel about midnight. Up the following morning and went down to reception to find myself standing next to Graeme Sharp; it was Everton's team hotel. Good bit of banter with him....nice guy. All the Everton players in a roped off bit of the dining room. Can't remember too much of the match except we were standing on the Holte End and someone decided to do a sh*t on the terrace right next to us. A carthorse would have been proud of it. Walked back to the hotel after the match; my girlfriend said she'd make it better and I rather think she did. Thirty four years ago. Bloody hell.
  12. What a backroom line up. Tony Toms, Maurice Setters, Big Jack and Saint. And best kit ever.
  13. That was taken almost exactly from where I would have been sitting.
  14. It's worth remembering that Big Jack didn't turn it round immediately. He said, after his first game in charge at Exeter (we lost, of course) that things would get worse before they got better and, boy, was he right. The defeats at Cambridge, Wigan and on Boxing Day at Tranmere are easily amongst the worst five or six defeats I've ever seen. It did give you the feeling that if Big Jack can't sort us then no one can; the despair after that Tranmere game I can still feel now. After that game we had two successive games at home to fellow strugglers Rotherham and Hereford which were absolutely vital. We simply couldn't lose them. He brought in Bob Bolder in goal instead of Chris Turner; now I know Bolder had his detractors and he was calamity prone but I've always felt he was the better keeper. We won both 1-0; both truly desperate games but the results were all that mattered. We then had the Ian Porterfield clanger which saw us lose at Carlisle but after that we began to turn it around bit by bit. In fact, we lost only three more games the whole season. The good fortune that Big Jack had was not just the fan support, which at away games in particular was truly incredible, but the total support of those at the top. They understood that turning the club round was not going to be a five minute job but possibly a five year one and so Jack was given the opportunity to do that. Change and improvement came gradually and when we had the Arsenal cup games a year later we could all see where we were going. Oh for a Big Jack now.
  15. You mean the one right behind Lulu? Is it Ron Staniforth? Think he was coaching there at the time.
  16. It's the problem that all local hacks have; they know as well as anyone else what the problems are but don't want to destroy their relationship with the club. You have to read between the lines.
  17. Buying the club doesn't mean you buy the ground. That is now a big problem.
  18. Now that the ground is owned separately I doubt anyone would be seriously interested in buying the club. Chansiri has made us unsellable.
  19. No point saying "sack Monk" unless you can come up with a realistic and worthwhile replacement. And there is no one who will take the club on in the current circumstances. In any case the manager is the least of our problems.
  20. Best - 6-1 v Chelsea, 1966 Worst - 0-3 v Cambridge United, 1977. Strange that for every one "best" I can think of half a dozen "worst"
  21. Years ago players were subject to a maximum wage but clubs found a way around it so it was abolished. The exact same thing would happen here. If mega rich owners come in then why should they have a limit imposed on what they wish to spend? This is all basically the EFL trying to pass the blame on to clubs because they know their "fit and proper" test is a complete nonsense.
  22. What a shambles we are that a player has to make a statement like this.
  23. There was enough stuff on the internet at the time of his appointment toi suggest that since Swansea Monk has been a divisive character at every club he's been at. There seem to be quite a number of people within the game who simply won't work with him and I think we can now add a few more to that list. That is not to say he might not, ultimately, be a good manager but he clearly needs someone, be it a chairman or a DoF, to guide him. There are cliques within every club but that is where strong management stops them spilling out onto the pitch. We need someone who will provide that strength from above; Mandaric would have snuffed this out weeks ago. Instead we have an absentee chairman and a coaching staff whose purpose seems to solely extend to putting the cones out. Quite honestly without changes at the very top I don't see any way out of this.
  24. The only blond haired keeper I can immediately think of from that era (say 1964 despite the issue date) is Peter Grummitt which would make it, if correct, Forest. But it doesn't really look like him. No idea of the Wednesday player unless it was someone like Robin Hardy or Mark Pearson.
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