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Everything posted by paulhanley

  1. The fact that they haven't over the last 18 months or so speaks volumes.
  2. Bolton Wanderers boss wants to improve key aspect of team | The Bolton News Some of it is mentality. But that's only part of the problem, as we all know.
  3. Apologies for posting a City goal with words from a rag (Mike Sweeney). But "it's a goaaaaaaaaal"
  4. Not one of his commentaries but you will enjoy this. The 40th anniversary of Sports Report and he presented it. Lots of contributions from other great names from that era... provided you disregard Stuart Hall!
  5. Aye. "Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh noooooooooooooo" covered about half the air time on Piccadilly that Saturday afternoon we got gubbed 7-1 on QPR's nasty plastic pitch.
  6. Yes that'll be the issue, in those days you had Radio 2 and not much else. Even local radio was in its infancy. You did only get second half commentary. Usually book-ended on Radio 2 by programmes devoted to easy listening/brass band/big band music. You don't hear that type of music much anywhere these days, When I do I'm reminded of Radio 2 in the 70s and 80s waiting for a football commentary or the midweek results. Often with imperfect/crackly reception.
  7. Since various posters have mentioned the two subjects of our cup games v Tottenham in early 1978 and the defenders John Ritson would have lined up with, let's combine the two and give Don McCallister a mention. A centre back who came through the ranks with Allardyce and Jones. Would have played with JR in the early 70s before we sold him to Tottenham for decent money.
  8. Maybe we need to make a distinction between many modern day footballers who will make huge wealth over the course of their careers and the likes of John Ritson who made little more than blokes who did other jobs during their era. The NHS doesn't provide social care - that's provided by councils. And if you've got more than about £25K in savings that are vast charges.
  9. Peter Jones was the best there was or is every likely to be. There were others in his day like Bryon Butler and Larry Canning but he was the best of the lot. Would have loved to have heard his commentary on Ritson's goal. It would have been Radio 2 in those days. Two commentators and one co-commentator, often Dennis Law.
  10. Ironic we got Tottenham in the cup in the same year we were in a promotion fight with them. A great 2-1 home win in front of a big attendance at a night match. It was a replay too.
  11. Aye that's right. Only goal of the game. Without looking it up I'd say that game was in late winter/early spring just as nerves were kicking in after the two near misses for promotion. I think you are right re the top flight. But he did play in that last game of 77/8 v Fulham at home with 34000 on at Burnden. Check at 1:04 and you see Ritson come close with one of his long rangers
  12. With Mick Walsh and Peter Nicholson all around in the same squad. Happy days.
  13. It's tough to remember stuff from being very young. Us hitting the wall is my main memory of all Bolton free kicks from just outside the box in the 70s to be honest!! Then you'd watch Glenn Hoddle on the telly and compare and contrast! After doing the original post I remembered meeting John Ritson briefly at Holy Harbour. This would have been the early 80s after he'd called it a day. He was watching a Bolton Combination match in which an uncle of mine was playing.
  14. A long serving and really quality ex-right back of ours from the 70s (for those too young to remember). He's featured on the news this week with his daughter Chloe speaking out about her Dad's dementia and the wider subject of ex footballers and dementia. I only saw the tail end of his career and my main memory of him wasn't his defensive but game but the fact he had a very powerful shot. I'm sure there are others out there who will have longer memories of him. Chloe Ritson: Dementia care is so expensive | 'Funding has to be there for ex-players' | Football News | Sky Sports Here's his Wikipedia page for those who want his stats and some detail. He's 74 years old now and clearly has a good family around him. John Ritson - Wikipedia
  15. I agree. Two in midfield, different types to what we've got now, one of them a holding midfielder. I'd also go after a new central defender - a high quality one. That way we can release Jones and Iredale to focus more on wing back. We know those two can play there if we get thin on numbers but Santos, Johnston, Forrester and Toal plus one other would do. The new one being an upgrade! (If I had to pick one centre back from the last 20 years who'd be spot on for us in this particular side it'd be Tal Ben Haim. I know we'd never get a Prem level international but someone in that style)
  16. Quite possibly. Players can certainly look very different when deployed in other systems under alternative managers. .... what you're saying there however does beg the question why we signed the lad in the first place if he's not suited to our system!
  17. There are many things about days gone by that don't apply in today's footy. We need a midfield bastard of the 2024 vintage, not Tommy Hutchinson, Gerry Gow, Graeme Souness or Terry Hurlock! We need a leader/a talker in there who is able to be physical within the constrains of the modern day game but also to marshall us and stop us being out-generalled if the game starts turning against us. Just a bit of experience and know-how.
  18. "No plan B"; "we need a midfield bastard"; "we bottle big games" ; "flat track bullies". It was all said in Summer 2023. It's still being said in Summer 2024. You're right, summat has to change.
  19. I had the impression Victor was being pretty strongly linked with a move abroad in the January window. It would not surprise me one bit to see that being re-heated. If we get can 75% of what we paid for him I'd let him go.
  20. I'd sell. We need some different types in that midfield. If Derby want him they can pay top dollar and we can reinvest.
  21. Living in Oxfordshire I can confirm they were day-trippers. Even the hard core who turn out week in week out tend also to support a Prem side. To be fair they've been as good as gold me with since Monday when back at work. ...... despite that I hope the cunts crash and burn in the Championship next season!
  22. I agree with that but I'd be thinking of Forrester for "renew" pending how he does in the first half of next season.
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