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ARTICLE: Champions receive wonderful reception around the town

Post by ClaretTony » Mon May 11, 2020 4:12 pm

Team go on a tour of the town with the trophy in 1960

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Post by Royboyclaret » Mon May 11, 2020 4:51 pm

Another amazing day indelibly etched in the memory bank.

I was 13 years old at the time, just old enough to appreciate how good this team was, as Jimmy Adamson lifted the trophy above his head on the Town Hall balcony. Almost 40 years earlier a certain Bob Lord, himself just a few weeks short of his 13th birhday, watched on as Tommy Boyle lifted the same trophy on the same Town Hall balcony. He vowed to himself then that one day in the future he would see the same scenes repeated, but this time to be part of our great Club. His wish had come true.
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Post by ClaretTony » Mon May 11, 2020 5:01 pm

I was just 8 at the time and too young to appreciate anything to be honest - all I can ever say, even though I was still to make my debut on the Turf Moor terraces, was that I was privileged to have seen all of those players play for us.

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Post by Claretlad » Mon May 11, 2020 5:04 pm

I stood on Kiddrow lane with some mates and we watched the team go by...

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Post by Silkyskills1 » Mon May 11, 2020 5:56 pm

ClaretTony wrote:
Mon May 11, 2020 5:01 pm
I was just 8 at the time and too young to appreciate anything to be honest - all I can ever say, even though I was still to make my debut on the Turf Moor terraces, was that I was privileged to have seen all of those players play for us.
Good point made there. I,too, was only 8 but appreciating what had been achieved went over my head. We had won something but the significance/importance was lost on me.
Blackburn had knocked us out of the FA Cup a few weeks earlier but I watched the final and wanted them to win. Wouldn't happen now of course but life was so much simpler then or so it seems.

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Post by mdd2 » Tue May 12, 2020 1:10 am

16 and followed the coach for several miles around the town. This August will make me 70 years a claret-what memories and 30 of those in the top flight-not bad for a small town club.
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Post by Suratclaret » Tue May 12, 2020 3:35 am

I remember the scenes pretty well and also remember my dad saying we shouldn't miss seeing the team on the bus and at the Town Hall as, winning the league, it might never happen again.

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Post by cricketfield73 » Tue May 12, 2020 10:19 am

It's been a great series of articles to read week by week throughout the season and the fascinating local news stories really set the scene from a time just before I was born. I think the one thing that struck me most was just what a part Trevor Meredith played in it all coming from absolutely nowhere.
I've studied that second picture closely but I can't identify any landmarks to place where it is, no doubt someone on here will know.

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Post by huw.Y.WattfromWare » Tue May 12, 2020 10:24 am

Also too young to appreciate how special it was. Actually grew up thinking this was the norm.

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Post by ClaretTony » Tue May 12, 2020 11:11 am

cricketfield73 wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:19 am
I've studied that second picture closely but I can't identify any landmarks to place where it is, no doubt someone on here will know.
Photo taken from the Town Hall - if you look to the far right of the picture, the left turn of Manchester Road is into Finsley Gate. That's a pub on the far corner of that junction but I can't remember the name of it. The taller building just below could have been the fire station.
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Post by ClaretTony » Tue May 12, 2020 11:12 am

huw.Y.WattfromWare wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 10:24 am
Also too young to appreciate how special it was. Actually grew up thinking this was the norm.
They don't happen very often do they? That's why I went down to the Town Hall in 2014 and 2016. You never know when a big occasion is ever going to come again.

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Post by Stan Tastic » Tue May 12, 2020 12:49 pm

ClaretTony wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 11:11 am
Photo taken from the Town Hall - if you look to the far right of the picture, the left turn of Manchester Road is into Finsley Gate. That's a pub on the far corner of that junction but I can't remember the name of it. The taller building just below could have been the fire station.
Was the pub The Canal Tavern?

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Post by ClaretTony » Tue May 12, 2020 1:16 pm

Stan Tastic wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 12:49 pm
Was the pub The Canal Tavern?
It was - thanks for that, don’t think I would have got it.

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Post by ElectroClaret » Tue May 12, 2020 2:54 pm

Bit too young to remember it. :cry: :) I was four.

Incidentally, when did the Footballers Arms close?
(At the top of Plumbe Street in the first photo.)

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Post by ClaretTony » Tue May 12, 2020 2:56 pm

ElectroClaret wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 2:54 pm
Bit too young to remember it. :cry: :) I was four.

Incidentally, when did the Footballers Arms close?
(At the top of Plumbe Street in the first photo.)
It’s a lot of years ago now. I think it was Premier Gas after the pub closed and then a bookies.
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Post by Vino blanco » Tue May 12, 2020 3:13 pm

I remember going in the Footballers Arms in the 1966/1967 season when we were playing in Europe and I was at university. I used to travel up from Birmingham for those midweek matches. I'm pretty sure the pub had a fire in 1968 which in effect closed it down.
I also went in the Canal Tavern a couple times in my youth, a dark and scruffy little pub, which closed in 72/73 if my memory is correct.

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Post by ClaretTony » Tue May 12, 2020 4:28 pm

Vino blanco wrote:
Tue May 12, 2020 3:13 pm
I remember going in the Footballers Arms in the 1966/1967 season when we were playing in Europe and I was at university. I used to travel up from Birmingham for those midweek matches. I'm pretty sure the pub had a fire in 1968 which in effect closed it down.
I also went in the Canal Tavern a couple times in my youth, a dark and scruffy little pub, which closed in 72/73 if my memory is correct.
I did go in the Canal Tavern, despite not being able to remember the name, but can't recall ever going in the Footballers. The dates you have given tally with that given I'd be 14 or 15 when the Footballers closed and 20 or 21 with the Canal Tavern.

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Post by ClaretTony » Tue May 12, 2020 4:31 pm

Here's a better pic of the Canal Tavern

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