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Brian Hornsby 1978/79 Season.


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It was the time when it was all starting to come together, wasn’t it ?

Jeff Johnson rough housed them and  Brian Hornsby supplied the silky skills.

I’d forgotten how many big lads we had , even without the monster hairdos.

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Great OP. Brought back my first ever memories as a Wednesday fan. First game Oct 78 and Hornsby my first ever favourite player.

 

I was only 6/7 years old in the 78/79 season but I can recall how Hornsby seemed to stand out and the over riding memory the cup games v Arsenal.

 

Good player Hornsby that will always be close to my heart as he reminds me of my first days supporting Wednesday as much as any.

 

On a slight tangent late in 78/79 we signed some guy called Terry Curran who replaced Hornsby as my favourite player of the time. That’s another story. 🙂

 

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Some iffy hair styles here from the match day programme v West Ham United on Saturday 25th April 1981 although the record books say that game was played on May 8th. Someone may know why this is the case.or maybe  I'm reading it wrong. That said the match day programme covers for the Derby County match on 7th March and the West Ham game are the same.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, OasisOwl72 said:

 

Great OP. Brought back my first ever memories as a Wednesday fan. First game Oct 78 and Hornsby my first ever favourite player.

 

I was only 6/7 years old in the 78/79 season but I can recall how Hornsby seemed to stand out and the over riding memory the cup games v Arsenal.

 

Good player Hornsby that will always be close to my heart as he reminds me of my first days supporting Wednesday as much as any.

 

On a slight tangent late in 78/79 we signed some guy called Terry Curran who replaced Hornsby as my favourite player of the time. That’s another story. 🙂

 


Mate , you need to watch that clip from that BRENTFORD match that’s a few posts ago.

Your 2 favourite players linking up to score a sublime goal

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14 minutes ago, Ibbo48 said:


Mate , you need to watch that clip from that BRENTFORD match that’s a few posts ago.

Your 2 favourite players linking up to score a sublime goal

Thanks mate. Seen that goal many times but something I'll never tire off watching. Love that away kit too! 

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From Woolwich Arsenal blog. 
 

Brian Hornsby was born 10 September 1954, in Cambridgeshire.  He came up through local football at Peterborough, and got caps at schoolboy and youth level for England.

Brian joined Arsenal as soon as he left school, in 1970, and was part of the Youth Cup winning team in 1971.  Their achievement was of course a little overshadowed by the FA Cup and League double, but it was very much (for those of us into such things) a treble, and the success of the youth team made many of us hope that Arsenal’s bright future under Bertie Mee and co would continue for a decade or two.

In September 1971 he signed professional forms and made his first team debut on 9 May 1973 in the last game of the season.  The season was over by then, and Arsenal were second, and the side put out was not the strongest – Arsenal lost 6-1.

In 1973/4 Brian made six first team starts and 3 appearances as a sub, scoring three goals in the attacking midfield role.  1974/5 gave him 12 starts and three more goals, and then in 1975/6 it was four starts – and that was that.

He was released by Arsenal when Bertie Mee resigned as manager, and he signed for Shrewsbury Town in May 1976 for £40,000.

At this lower level of football not surprisingly, things were very different and he instantly shone, playing 75 games for Shrewsbury over two before being signed by Jack Charlton at Sheffield Wednesday for £45,000.

 

The story is told that the always very odd Jack Charlton took his Wednesday team to Shrewsbury just before the transfer, and he told the Wednesday player Jeff Johnson “You’re up against the lad Hornsby, he’s a very skilful player … I’m buying him to replace you”.

 

By 1978/9 Brian was top scorer for Wednesday and played in the FA cup matches against Arsenal including the game on 15 January 1979 – the second replay, played at Leicester.  

The Arsenal team on the day was 

Jennings, Rice, Nelson, Price, O’Leary, Young, Brady, Sunderland, Stapleton, Gatting, Rix

with Brady and Sunderland getting the goals.

Brian Hornsby, who scored a penalty for Wednesday, was naturally interviewed by the press about his old and new clubs, operating two divisions apart.  He declared there was nothing between them, while philosophising that as Arsenal had tried three different formations in taking on Wednesday and trying to win the tie, they would now be far more worried than Wednesday who always play the same way.  Ultimately in the fourth replay Arsenal prevailed 2-0 and went on to win the cup.

In October 1980 Brian suffered a hamstring injury and that injury marked the start of the decline in his career.  He played briefly in Canada, and played for Carlisle and Chesterfield before playing for IK Brage in Sweden, and then Falu FK as player-manager.

Finally back in England he finished his career with Spalding Utd and Holbeach Utd.  

 

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