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Ellis Rimmer

Hardest Wednesday player ever

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11 hours ago, Milan Missing Marble said:

 

Plenty. Ernie Blenkinsop survived a coal mining roof falling in on him in his younger days, and Stanley Matthews said you knew whenever you were up against Ernie, has he would crunch into you early on to make sure you knew he was there. And he said Ernie was the toughest opponent and best defender he ever came up against.

Walter Millership was adept at centre forward and centre back, his strong sturdy play gave him the nickname 'Battleship' from Wednesday fans. The likes of Blenkinsop and Millership grew up working in the coal mines, they were proper tough working class football men.

When I first started watching Wednesday, my Dad, a life-long W'ite, always talked of the 'hard men' and always mentioned  his lifelong favourite  full back, Ernie Blenkinsop, along with the half-back line of Sharpe, Millership and Burrows, and how tough they were. Then, in my early youth, along came one of the hardest men I ever saw in soccer -Norman Curtis. I also remember Tony Kay playing against one of soccer's real tough guys, Billy Bremner. His first tackle put Bremner against the hoardings - no more troble from Bremner. Gerry Young was also one of nature's gentle but tough brigade, who, similarly to Hutch of today would become a target for Referees.  

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13 minutes ago, daveyboy66 said:

Ken Knighton...he would last about 3 mins in todays football

As long as that lol

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David (Bronco) Layne was hard on and off the pitch, he cleaned up some very rough pubs in Chesterfield when he entered the licensed trade, he used to lose his rag big style if anyone referred to him as Bronco. 

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Tony Cunningham. 

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Daryyl Lachmann 

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Rob Jones.  Never afraid to stick his body in to defend and was hard as nails.

 

Remember a few footballers having a go at him who soon un-workable off when they saw his angry 6ft 8in frame bearing down on them.

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mike lyons, loved him

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Dave Clements. Arrived along with Brian Joicey from Coventry around 1970, he really could look after himself. 

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18 hours ago, jellybean said:

Peter rudi 

 

Had the unerring ability to get to every tackle just too late to have to make it.

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terry curran didnt mind giving someone a kick lol

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10 hours ago, Buxtongent said:

When I first started watching Wednesday, my Dad, a life-long W'ite, always talked of the 'hard men' and always mentioned  his lifelong favourite  full back, Ernie Blenkinsop, along with the half-back line of Sharpe, Millership and Burrows, and how tough they were. Then, in my early youth, along came one of the hardest men I ever saw in soccer -Norman Curtis. I also remember Tony Kay playing against one of soccer's real tough guys, Billy Bremner. His first tackle put Bremner against the hoardings - no more troble from Bremner. Gerry Young was also one of nature's gentle but tough brigade, who, similarly to Hutch of today would become a target for Referees.  

I never saw Curtis  but heard a story that Matthews hated playing against him as Curtis just followed him all over the pitch and clattered him whenever the ball in there direction  , stan came to play in a testimonial match(Dooley's?) and said to Curtis" norman theres a lot of people come to see me play tonight  so bugger off and let me " ...whether Curtis did  I don't know . 

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I wouldn't have got on the wrong side of Graham Coughlan. Chris Woods was allegedly quite handy as well.

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