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The other recent thread about Gentlemen and Thugs got me to thinking about my best ever memory and there is only one amongst a few that is way above the others.
1974 or 5 playing for Wokingham Town in the old Isthmian league against (I think it was) Barnet and me at 16 seeing Jimmy Greaves come out onto the pitch. I was in awe!!
He was by then in his forties, had long grey hair half way down his back and a belly bigger than mine is now. I have since learnt, as we all have, that he was of course an alcoholic at this point but.........he was magnificent.
He spent the whole game in the centre circle spraying passes all over the pitch without even running a yard. I still get goose bumps thinking about that day.
I had the privilege of playing on the same pitch as many other greats (Osgood, Hutchison, Bowles, Regis) and even got kicked all over the place by Cyril Knowles but nothing beats that day being shown how to play football by Greavsie.
Anybody else got any such memories?
god!!....you were lucky lucky.....he was my idol....i was there when he beat 5 mun u players ,drew stepney ,,went round him and nonchalantly put the ball in the net....the crowd went mad,all except man u of course...
i was with my old man ....he got the ball and just went into the penalty area skipping by defenders as he went....the heart started to pound ...the crowd began to rise in the seats....you just knew he was going to score....the world stood till.....time stood still...then jimmy scored.....that afternoon is seared into my brain forever....it is on youtube....i'll see if can find and post it....he was the best...
spurs won 5-1....great days.
also was privileged to see white,mackay,blanchflower,jennings,best,law.....what an array of talent.....sfer you were a lucky man....i envy you!!!
- 2 Replies to DEREK W
I know Derek....I was VERY lucky and I will take that memory with me when I eventually go to that football pitch in the sky!
Cyril was a nice guy too and, looking back, he was very funny making out to the ref he was getting old and slow every time he put me in the stands. He apologised in the bar afterwards but by then I was too numb to care! Can't remember who he played for then. One of the North London non-league teams I think.
Hi Derek.. I remember a similar episode with Greavsey only this time against Stoke I thought. I used to stand on the Shelf near the edge of Paxton Road penalty. Greavsey got the ball on the other side of the pitch near the centre line. Of he went on one of his mazey runs rounding 4 or 5 players, drew the keeper, (was it Shilton?) ran round him and slotted home. Great times!!
I have spent time with Cyril at a party one Saturday evening, not on a pitch, far nicer bloke socially.
Your experience with Mr England reminds me of my first "lesson". I was 15 and had just made my debut for Wokingham Town and thought I was the bee's knees. We had a game of 6 a side one day in training and an old ex-Pro called Charlie Gale knocked me flat on my back put his studs in my chest and said in a really threatening manner that if I ever tackled him again he would break f$%£%ing my leg!
And this was a team mate!!
Supporters and even players of the game that have never reached any particularly high standards do not understand the competiveness of professional sportsmen. I regularly saw fights during training at QPR over the slightest of incidents. Presumably "management" wanted to see that desire to be the best even if it meant hurting a team mate.
Not sure if that same desire exists now though!!!!