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Squad Numbers.....Memorable Players under old numbering system.

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I saw the thread for new squad numbers and my thoughts drifted back to the days of the old numbering system. 

Who are your most memorable names for each of the old numbers/positions? I have filled in a few of mine below 

 

When numbers were introduced, the protocol was

 

1. Goalkeeper (almost always with an un-numbered shirt)

2. Right Back 3. Left Back

4. Right Half 5. Centre Half 6. Left Half

7. Right Wing 8. Inside Right 9. Centre Forward 10. Inside Left 11. Left Wing

Can anybody fill in the gaps from a 50's/ 60's side. I remember these players with their number as shown.

 

1. Goalkeeper (almost always with an un-numbered shirt) ...Springett (Ron or Peter)

2. Right Back... Peter Johnson

3. Left Back ...Don Megson

4. Right Half ...Tom Mcanearney

5. Centre Half....Peter Swan/Vic Mobley

6. Left Half...Tony Kay/Gerry Young

7. Right Wing ...Tom Finney ?

8. Inside Right ...Albert Quixall/ Mark(pancho)Pearson

9. Centre Forward.....Roy Shiner/Keith Ellis/David Layne

10. Inside Left...Redfearn Froggat/David Ford/John Fantham

11. Left Wing...Colin Dobson/Derek Wilkinson

 

These are the players I most remember with these shirt numbers. The players were synonymous with the shirt number. I think I am right but happy to be corrected if I've got a player with a wrong number. 

Every older supporter will have their own memories  of their favourite players/numbers.

Share a few with us .

 

 

 

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19 minutes ago, Oliver Cromwell said:

Think you mean Alan Finney not Tom

Dooh. Yep of course.

The memory fades with each passing year.lol

With your user name you will remember further back than me! 

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18 minutes ago, pgmetcalf said:

2. Roland Nilsson 

Agree with you but I was particularly looking for players from 50's & 60's.

Possibly many on here won't remember that far back and was trying to jog my own memories.

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I would add a couple of inside forwards. Johnny Quinn and wee Bobby Craig.

 

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Jim McCalliog and John Ritchie both wore the number 9 shirt

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Gary Bannister

 

No.9

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2. Ron Staniforth

3.The never to be forgotten Norman Curtis.

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Wilkinson was 7 , Finney 11 . Happy days !

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Here's my 11 from the mid to late 60s

 

1 Ron Springett

2 Wilf Smith

3 Don Megson

4 Peter Eustace

5 Vic Mobley

6 Gerry Young

7 Graham Pugh (earlier Brian Usher)

8 John Fantham

9 Jim Mcalliog  (later John Ritchie)

10 David Ford

11 John Quinn (earlier Colin Dobson)

 

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Surprised no-one mentioned Terry Curran. Additions of Eustace, Nillson, the legend that is Chris Waddle, Ford and Mcalliog absolutely required.

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1 minute ago, Reallondonowl said:

Surprised no-one mentioned Terry CURRAN. Additions of Eustace, Nillson, the legend that is Chris Waddle, Ford and Mcalliog absolutely required.

 

 

I nearly did put our famous no.11 but put Bannister instead, didn't want to be greedy.

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These are the best players I remember in their respective numbers:

 

1: Kevin Pressman

2: Roland Nilsson 

3: Nigel Worthington

4: Carlton Plamer

5: Nigel Pearson

6: Des Walker

7: Danny Wilson

8: Chris Waddle/Benito Carbone

9: David Hirst

10: Mark Bright/Andy Booth

11: John Sheridan/Paolo Di Canio

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5 hours ago, alan48 said:

Wilkinson was 7 , Finney 11 . Happy days !

I wasn't 100% sure so thanks for the correction.

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The problem is A12 that, as you know, we played virtually the same eleven week in week out back in the 50/60s.

The players you name in your opening post were the ones you knew would be playing and it was rare for even injury to disrupt it. I’ve found it hard to name any others from that period.

When I started going Don Megson was regular left back and I can’t remember him being injured and someone else stepping in for him. Can anyone else think who would have played in that position if Don was injured.

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2 hours ago, Ibbo48 said:

The problem is A12 that, as you know, we played virtually the same eleven week in week out back in the 50/60s.

The players you name in your opening post were the ones you knew would be playing and it was rare for even injury to disrupt it. I’ve found it hard to name any others from that period.

When I started going Don Megson was regular left back and I can’t remember him being injured and someone else stepping in for him. Can anyone else think who would have played in that position if Don was injured.

 

Later in his career Kenny Burton came through from the reserves and played if Don Megson was out.  Also Johnny Quinn was very much a utility player and may have stepped in.  He was often quoted as saying he played every position except goalkeeper through his career at Hillsborough, if I recall correctly.

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