Footballers from my home village.
He was the goalkeeper in the famous Celtic team dubbed the Lisbon lions after winning the European Cup. The first British team to do so. He also was highly regarded at Newcastle and Hibs. Jock Stein whilst at Hibs as manager sold Simpson to Celtic and later followed him to Celtic as manager. Simpson thought that his career was ended but Stein saw his true value and the rest is history. I think I'm correct in saying that Nottingham Forest were the first English team to win it
I thought I'd got it right so thanks for confirming it. I was down to go on a course to become a PTI for the 17/21st Lancers who I was training with so the Chief PTI wangled it for me to work in the gymnasium office. I spent more time in the gym picking up hints than in the office and sometimes he'd arrange for Ronnie to keep sharp for the Regimental football team. This entailed poor Ronnie being stuck between the upright posts of the horizontal bar with a few coconut mats to land on and me and the rest of the PTI's firing footballs at him non-stop. He was like a cat and must have been one of the best Scottish goalies you've ever had and a top ranking one in any league for sure.
I never became a PTI - fate being what it is and got shuffled off to the Middle East.
Bolton Wanderers had already poached him and it was not long before Norwich then signed him on for £800.. In his firstseason aged 17 he was their leading Scorer and they went all the way to the F.A. Cup Semi Final. He played centre forward and scored 178 goals in 389 appearances and would have scored more had the Club not asked him to play wing half as the defence was bit shaky.
He was a brilliant Cricketer and played for his adopted County Norfolk, very good batsman and also Wicketkeeper, His father always said he would have made a better Cricketer than a Footballer.
He stayed in Norwich after retiring and now his family have a Undertakers business in the town.
I would have leapt at an approach from Old Trafford Cricket Club but wasn't good enough apparently although I tried hard. Maybe they had enough spin bowlers and slip fielders! There was no money in football then and when I heard what apprentices were expected to do - like painting fences, sweeping up dressing rooms, polishing senior players boots etc to teach them discipline that was that for me. No way! Everybody could polish their own boots as far as I was concerned.
I have often wondered what would have happened if I had taken up the offer. I see modern players doing things I used to do and get rave reviews for but for me they were just things I did off the cuff. Who knows - I could have been a Busby Babe - equally I could have been in the Munich air crash so maybe it's as well I turned it down. Life is strange!
down. The Sgt. i /c told them not to worry as he would see we were dealt with. When they had gone he said "Take no notice, F..k Off and don't let them catch you again."
They had actually saved us a 2 to 3 mile walk.
It was just the same for the Army Lad and Navy lads passing through Bristol's main Railway Station, Temple Meads They got harrassed by the R.A.F. Police ( Snow drops.)
I had a Relation who was ten times better than Beckham who played for Man United he was Duncan Edwards even Bobby said that there was not many who could play as good as Duncan.
Duncan was said to be one of the greatest players ever. I have supported Hibs all my life and in the 1956 Scotland v England match there were 4 Hibs players playing for Scotland. Tommy Younger in goal. Gordon Smith winger, Bobby Johnstone inside forward and Lawrie Reilly centre forward. Duncan marked Smith out of the game.I remember my Dad raving about him. It ended in a 1 - 1 draw. Tommy Younger went to Liverpool from Hibs. Duncan was already playing with legends like Nat Lofthouse, Tom Finney etc.
Granellis used to have an ice cream van on Oldham's Tommyfield market every weekend. Did you ever see Mary Granelli who used to serve in the van? - she was as wide as she was tall and it was a wonder she ever managed to get into the thing or turn round inside it.
(Sorry Roy - we're digressing here but all the best threads do! [Flattery gets you everywhere!] )
In the late 1940s I had a Saturday job in Leeds KIrkgate Market and at both Main entrances were Granelli's Ice Cream Carts and it was delicious. There was also Lusardi's who came around the Streets pedalling their lovely Ice Cream. Like Granell's they had the Ice Cream Box on Wheels and it was like a Bicycle. They must had had strong legs as they tried to get round one before the other.
There was also another man who used to come around on a sort of Bike with a Box. He was another Italian "Maturi" but he sharpened Knives and Scissors so this man still Pedalled to make the stone rotate.
Sadly there are no Ice Creams around that taste as good as those used to do.