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Bob left Everton in the summer of to be a part of the Swansea City side revolutionised by John Toshack. The former Cardiff City striker, who became the youngest manager in the league when he joined in March , had overseen a remarkable rise through all four divisions to take their place in the top flight and persuading the big man to leave Goodison was a remarkable coup. Once again he kept up his remarkable goal-scoring record with goals against both Liverpool and Everton as the Swans finished a creditable sixth in the League having briefly topped the table earlier in the season.
The second season, however, was disastrous as financial difficulties beset the club. One by one the stars left with Latchford staying loyal as long as possible. Following relegation he played a further 18 games before he had to move on. Everything from the top to bottom was not right. The more games we lost the worse things became. Things fell apart and it was not a nice experience. He retired in July following a career of games with goals.
He also scored five goals in twelve games at international level for England. A self-effacing man, Bob led a quiet life and chose not to exploit his legendary status at his former clubs. Sadly, his wife Pat passed away in He then moved to Germany to start a new life where he remains today. He published his autobiography, A Different Road, in My first ever match came in when my Dad took me to see Everton beat Chelsea as part of my tenth birthday present. My heart already belonged at Anfield but seeing Latchford play in the flesh was a thrill. He struck me as a gentleman with an extraordinary talent.
Even then, it had largely been a formality for more than a few weeks. That iconic victory against Nottingham Forest, on April 13th, had been the sensory coronation of the champions, if not the mathematical one. Liverpool sleepwalked their way on to the Wembley turf against Wimbledon. They played poorly, but that disallowed Peter Beardsley goal still rankles.
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They might have reached the big time at rapid speed after gaining entry into the Football League in , but in May , Wimbledon were serious player in English football. Two years before their entry to the Football League, in , Wimbledon had caused a largely forgotten FA Cup upset in the 3rd round, an upset which was eventually dwarfed by their success in the final, but one which was achieved from the coastline of a far wider chasm than the one which sat between the Wombles and Liverpool in By the end of the season Wimbledon had won their first Southern Premier League title, in what would be the opening part of a hat-trick of title successes, that went a long way in persuading the chairmen of the Football League to elect them to the professional ranks in the summer of , in place of the decaying Workington.
Amateur Cup winning side with him. Although they would be relegated to the Second Division the following season, this was a Burnley of purpose in January They had reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup in and had now found themselves embroiled in the most wide-open title race ever. Sat in 7th place, just two points behind the league leaders Ipswich Town, Wimbledon at home had been viewed as a gift of a draw for Burnley.
With attacking talent such as Leighton James and Brian Flynn, dreams of a shot at the league and cup double were circulating in East Lancashire on 3rd round day. Match reports are sparse, while match footage is non-existent, possibly due to Burnley chairman Bob Lord saying that there was too much football on TV. Yes, in The wondrous nature of this game has thus simply travelled by word of mouth, by the whispering of legend and iconography.
Driven aggressively, by the central midfield stylings of Dave Bassett, Mick Mahon plundered the only goal of the game, four minutes into the second half. With a taste for the FA Cup, Mahon had been part of the Colchester United side which had famously tipped the mighty Leeds United out of the tournament in Throwing himself around, pawing away Burnley opportunity, after Burnley opportunity within the spirit of Jan Tomaszewski.
Burnley fans watched on in bewildered awe, some of whom had gate-crashed the Wimbledon team hotel the previous day in a bid to wind the players up, only to be welcomed with open-arms and given a good time in the bar. For many years, Burnley fans were goaded by rival supporters with renditions of the theme tune to the Wombles. Handily placed in the race for the title, Burnley were in 2nd place with 10 games to go, before petering out to 8th. The Wimbledon marched on to the 4th round of the FA Cup, where the representatives of the British sports media gave them far more attention, in the wake of defeating Burnley.
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Again, given little hope of prevailing, Wimbledon almost did it again. Despite a potential dilution of FA Cup romance, due to the switch of venue, Wimbledon still restricted Leeds to a victory, a deflected effort from Johnny Giles, which flicked off Bassett on the way in, after they had threatened with a couple of early near-misses of their own. This was what retrospectively seems to be a foreign version of Wimbledon, a Wimbledon that played a distinctive passing game and gained the results it did through an aesthetically pleasing brand of football.
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A time before they were overrun by the Vinny Jones and John Fashanu version of the club. A time when Wimbledon were heroes, a time before they became villains. They can be great comebacks. The first leg ended to the holders Milan and nobody gave the Spaniards a prayer, but goals from Walter Pandiani, Juan Carlos Valeron, Albert Luque and Fran shocked the footballing world with a rout. They were instructed to repeatedly through their own goal following a disagreement with the referee.
Unsurprisingly, bans and fines were liberally handed out afterwards. But perhaps the strangest game ever took place in the qualifiers for the Caribbean Cup. The groups were decided by a one game round robin, meaning only three matches took place. The first saw Puerto Rico beat Barbados Then two days later Grenada defeated Puerto Rico after extra time. Before the final game between Barbados and Grenada, the table looked like this:.
With Barbados set to play a home game with Grenada on 27 th January , the target was clear. A Barbados win by two goals would be enough to take them to the final while a draw would be enough to see Grenada through. That was a group game like any other, but you may have noticed that extra time was required. The organisers decided that all matches must end in a result. Games which were drawn after ninety minutes would be decided in extra time through the Golden Goal rule.
A bit odd, but basically fine. For reasons passing understanding, they also decided that the Golden Goal should count double. The home side had the best of the early exchanges and soon raced into a lead—the exact result needed to secure qualification. Then the game turned on its head.
A defeat still looked likely, but Grenada would still top the group. Should the game have ended there, the final table would have looked like this:. Of course, with seven minutes plus added time to play, Barbados had every chance to score a third a goal to go through and, thus, for the next four minutes, Barbados attacked with vigour. However, the score remained to the home side. They were doomed. Then, Sealey pulled back his right foot and thumped it into his own net.
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Grenada soon woke up to this and realised that an own goal for them could also see them through. After all, Barbados would win but still go out on goal difference. With three minutes to go Grenada tried to score—any sort of goal—as any net would do. Meanwhile Barbados were in the unusual position of preventing their opponents from giving them a goal. Their defenders became Grenada defenders. The last three minutes saw the home side maniacally try to defend both goals. They were successful and secured extra time. This meant that extra-time was now a basic shootout.
With the Golden Goal counting double, a Barbados goal would make it rather than —enough to win the group. In the end, extra time lasted just four minutes. Barbados rifled the ball in from a tight angle to win and, subsequently, This incredible game was all over. The person who came up with these rules must be a candidate for a madhouse. The game should never be played with so many players running around the field confused. Our players did not even know which direction to attack: our goal or their goal.
I have never seen this happen before. Barbados may well have reached the finals, but their run ended there. Well, here we are again.
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That was merely the undercard. The real fun is about to begin. This is it. The day augurs well. He said the opposite last season. Spare a thought for Ashley Young though pigeon incident.
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Anyway, sod them. This is a big deal for the both of us. Let me explain. In , Gerry and I started at the Liverpool Institute.
We arrived as milk-coloured first years—all blazers and uncomfortable ties. Gerry and I became mates simply because our surnames fell close together in the register. Sometimes that coincidence is enough to begin a lifelong friendship.
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The Liverpool Institute. The name and history of the school were in stark contrast to the reality of what went on there in September By the end of our first year the area went up in flames. We were made aware of the benefits of looting.