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  1. I can only just remember the Embankment segregation when it was just the one fence right down the middle. I've not really got proper memories of 76/7 but very clear ones of 77/8. Then from 78/9 I've got very strong memories. By then there were two fences and three sections with the middle one being used as no-man's land more often than not. Every now and again there was a following big enough to open the middle section.

    I clearly recall the mass of excitable Leeds fans pouring in there about 30 mins before kick off when we played them that year. Then I recall the "limbs" (to use modern day parlance) when they took the lead in the first half. 

    Against expectations Bolton then ran the show in the second half and won 3-1. Bolton fans of that vintage will recall the Beirut style scenes as the away fans on the Embankment and home mob on the Burnden Paddock went to war as the game drew to a close.

  2. 10 hours ago, jayjayoghani said:

    Australia vs England, 5th Test
    Australia tour of England

    AUS 335 & 142
    ENG 595/5d
    England won by an innings and 118 runs

    Click here to view more @espncricinfo : https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/australia-tour-of-england-1985-61363/england-vs-australia-5th-test-63407/live-cricket-score

    Aye that's the one. David Gower and Tim Robinson! The final two or three years of having the upper hand over the Aussies before it all went wrong for the best part of two decades!!

  3. 2 hours ago, Mannyroader said:

    Big Sam and David Cross amongst the new signings.

    Yeah there were five that summer, only three played in this game: Dave Sutton, David Cross and Asa Hartford. Sam Allardyce and Derek Scott were either injured or suspended from the season before. 

    I remember being very excited that we'd made five new signings that summer. Unheard of in those days. Shame about that late equaliser. Shame it was another shit season including a horrific home thrashing off Bury about nine days after this. 

    The other thing I remember about that day was that England were playing in an Ashes test at Edgbaston. Set off for the match about 1pm with England one wicket down. Got back in the car with my Dad at 5pm for Sports Report (presented by Renton Laidlaw, christ knows how I remember that). England hadn't lost another wicket and had tonked the Aussies everywhere. 

  4. 11 hours ago, Not in Crawley said:

    If you can get to it try the old bookbinders in Jericho. Lovely pub.

    Shame the Eagle and Child is still shut I think.

    It is still shut. But the Lamb and Flag over the road is back open and has its own Tolkein connections. 

  5. 1 hour ago, Johnnyrotten said:

    Yes, thanks for the correction.  I was at all 4 of those games, very strange to go to games on consecutive days twice in one season, not sure I could be arsed now!  I was getting it mixed up with the season after when we won 1-0 v Wigan at home, and again Chandler scored (a pen).   We played them away Boxing Day 84 as well as 83, another 1-0 game (lost this time).

    Both those Wigan away games were early kick offs, reasonably uncommon in those days. I think Wigan missed a pen in our 0-1 win. The 1-0 home win v Oxford was a great performance. Oxford were top of the league and would be champions by May. A great Burnden atmosphere that day.

    I think the last time we played games on consecutive days was in 93/4, a decade later. Two 0-0 draws at home to Sunderland and then away at Pompey. I was at both - the trip to Pompey the day got off to a tricky start with snow in Cheshire making the M6 very treacherous. Miraculously cleared and on we want. It was one of Gary Parkinson's few appearances for us that day at Fratton Park. Anyway - a proper tangent is that! 

  6. 48 minutes ago, Tonge moor green jacket said:

    Isn't there a clean air charge thing in the city too?

    There's a very small Zero Emission Zone in the very middle. It's going to be expanded but hasn't been just yet.

  7. 7 minutes ago, Jol_BWFC said:

    Any advice on best place to park near the ground?

    It's on a big retail park like Middlebrook. Beyond that it's a bit hopeless. Surrounded by the big and not altogether friendly Blackbird Leys estate. You could park in the city centre and get the bus out but they charge an utter fortune for parking in Oxford. 

  8. 10 minutes ago, CambridgeBWFC said:

    I was thinking the same re Nolan, hopefully he can become as Important and Influential as he was. Will need to up his pointing game though.

    I enjoyed his shot 2nd half which floored their defender. Hit with real venom


    He's got some distance to go before he's up to Nolan standard but the speed of development is the same. Leaps and bounds this season! 

  9. Watching Thomason's game grow month by month is a pleasure. Even compared to August he's a better performer. I was thinking of similar scenarios in the past. McAteer sprang to mind, but actually a better comparison is Kevin Nolan.

  10. I know Exeter are in a right state but days like today need savouring. I think I am right in saying its only the fourth time in my 45 years of watching us that we've scored more than six in a game (Walsall 83/4, Plymouth 84/5 and Swindon 96/7). 

    Quite apart from that we've hit the top of the league, a six game league winning streak and lots of consecutive clean sheets.

    Obviously there's a big two league games upcoming but you could not wish for a better situation to be in when entering games like that. 

  11. We've had a big purple patch, strung together wins and clean sheets and looked decent doing it. Then there was an international break with players scattered hither and thither. Can we come back and pick up the threads of it all again? If we can then the team has a great culture and good habits and they're powerful things when you're targeting the top two in a 24 team league. 

  12. I can't pretend to understand all this share issues stuff much. I just hope it's not all smoke and mirrors and that money is real and debt low. I've been intrigued for some time now about the Swiss group. 

  13. 1 minute ago, gonzo said:

    Are fookin shite.

    Theres just a big void in my consciousness like somethings missing.

    That second thought about wonder if the teams in yet or have I put my super 6 on isnt there.

    No text to my lads about predictions or protected team news.

    Fuck me imagine life without football.


    Just dwell on the pleasure of having beaten them cunts last Saturday.

  14. My first Roy Greaves team would be: 1. McDonagh, 2 Nicholson 3 Dunne 4 Greaves 5 Jones P 6 Allardyce or Walsh 7 Morgan 8 Whatmore 9 Worthington 10 Gowling 11 Reid 

    First memory of him was the winner he got on the first day of 77/8 at Burnley. Also remember his winner v Spurs that same season, was sat level with it in the Manny Road North. Great that its on You Tube


  15. 9 minutes ago, DirtySanchez said:

    I never got the hatred that Julian Darby got 

    You'd think the fans would get behind local lads but for some reason they are the ones that get the abuse

    Nicky Hunt wouldn't have played so many matches in the prem if he was as shit as many made out

    There was a phase of Mark Patterson getting a load of stick as well - pretty local from Darwen.

    Some keepers who had rough spells made worse by abuse: Dennis Peacock, Simon Farnworth, Mike Salmon. 

  16. When I first started watching Bolton it was Neil Whatmore who was getting the unwarranted stick. I don't know whether its just Bolton fans who seem to always have to have a scapegoat or two, but it is certainly something that's run right the way through our history. The worst example was Ian Moores in the early 80s - he had a really bad time at Bolton but the stick he copped made things ten times worse. 

    If it's constructive it's not as bad  Folk on here saying there's something needs addressing with Nlundulu as he seems shot-shy, that's just an observation backed up by what we all see. It's not personal or nasty. That's the difference. 

  17. 18 minutes ago, Dr. Feelgood said:

    The way to get Bolton fans noisy (it may apply everywhere, but certainly here) is for them to have a reason to feel hard done by.

    A bad foul against, a bad refereeing decision and up we go. Always has been.

    I do miss timing how long into a match it would be before we'd get "we want a ref !!"

    I'd forgotten the chant of "We want a ref". How sedate and polite compared to now. 

    .... although thinking back to some other things that happened on the terraces in the 70s it definitely wasn't sedate or polite!! 


  18. 5 minutes ago, gonzo said:

    Yep. In a bizarre twist of fate I arrived at my lads footy match up on unity college and there was a mens game on before it. Armfield club FC in full Blackpool attire.

    Little rendition of seaside whats the score nearly got me twatted :D

    One lad was throwing up behind the containers. They had a lock in last night drowning their sorrows.


    Love it.




    It never sat particularly easy with them that Jimmy Armfield also became a Bolton hero. Same happening now with Evatt. 

    Let's hope we can have another little gloat in Feb. That win at Bloomfield Road is a bucket list item for any Bolton fan who started watching after 1977/8. 

  19. Got a big smile on my face tonight and suspect most Bolton fans above about 45 feel something extra to the normal joy of a home win.

    Loads has been said about the game and the performance, the momentum we're building and the league table. Agree with it all. 

    There's also been a fair bit said about a win in front of a big crowd in a home match at last.

    All that stuff is significant but to me, recording our first win over a traditional Lancs rival (don't count Fleetwood, Morecambe, Salford, Accy) feels like yet another milestone moment in the comeback from the Anderson debacle. It also feels like the club have partially made up for that fiasco v Wigan in August.

    Worth saying we keep up this incredible 37 year/15 league and cup match unbeaten home record v Blackpool. Now for trying to end our 46 years without a win at Bloomfield later in the season. 

    Onwards and upwards. Chuffed.

  20. Come on you whites, time for a stirring performance in one of our traditional derby games. Time for a derby win. Victory here would go some way to making up the for Wigan fiasco. For me it would on its own inject as much confidence as those recent three away wins did. 

  21. 1 minute ago, Tonge moor green jacket said:

    We're through, so whilst I can see your thinking, not sure they'd gain anything from a "dead rubber". Leave them where they are to develop.

    It was the "dead rubber" scenario that was making me think of ways to bring a few young uns in to give some of the seniors a complete rest. 

  22. 8 hours ago, captainmed said:

    A draw here wouldn’t be a disaster considering our recent run.

    We would still be on 2+ points a game.

    Crucial we don’t lose or questions will once again be asked about our mentality in “big” games against local rivals.

    Be lovely to go into the break with 3 points mind and 5 league wins on the trot.

    I really wouldn’t like to call this one…..


    Counts for nowt but funny how little trends tend to perpetuate. From the 80s onwards the most common result this fixture by far has been a draw.

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