- Know any others ??! Let me know and I'll
include them on this page.
Helen Keen sent me this slightly unusual
'Where are they now ?' information...
1600 produced for Mexico 1970
registration numbers GWC 1 to 30H were Ermine White,
and given to each squad member in the 1970 Mexico
World Cup for one year. Each squad member was then
given the option to extend ownership.
I have visited Martin Peter's Ex- car (Number 5 of
30!)which is almost fully restored and looking great!
Don't worry if you can't find anything! I will keep
you updated on my search progress!! I imagine most of
them have been scrapped, and only a few survive, but
I am hoping to track down as many survivng ones as
If you have any
information I can hand on to Helen, please do E-mail me
Special thanks to Steven Tallents who wrote the following two
emails, though the players are generally not from the
70-71 season, it makes interesting reading .
Peter Swan: I know that Peter Swan is not
technically a 70's player but he did make a comeback in
the 70's. Peter is currently running the Old Mill Pub in
Chesterfield and a nicer man you could not meet. Get him
talking about the old days and he rhymes of the stories.
They are excellent to listen to as he did play for
England over 20 times.
He told me about the
time when the current England squad was asked to play
Tottenham in the Charity Shield. Spurs had won the League
and Cup double so could not play themselves. The FA
decided that they would be called a Football X1 so that
the cheap skates would not have to pay for an England
Cap. Peter said that he got £10.00 for the day.
On his wall he has Pele
and Di Stefano's shirt which he swopped with them after
the game. He still has a smile even after the way he was
so badly treated and welcomes anyone into his Pub
How excellent, thanks for that. Peter is very rare in having
played before and after 70-71, and hence not strictly
speaking qualifying for the site. I always wondered if
there would be someone with that type of career. The
break in career was due to being banned after a bribery
Bob, The pub may just be called
The Mill and its just off the town centre in a town
called Brinnington. I
have hundreds of memories that ex-players have
recited to me. Rochdale Art Gallery are interested in
doing some kind of exhibition nearer the end of the
Ron Rafferty of Grimsby Town wrote to me
today, his most memorable moments were: 1, Scoring 6 goals in one
game against Lincoln whilst in the 2nd Division. 2, On his debut for
Portsmouth v Sunderland in 1954, Pompey were in
the 1st Division then. Before the game the players
were presented to Field Marshall Montgomery who was
the Club President. Ron had just come out of the Army
and to him that was a special moment in hi career.
Clarrie Williams: Also from Grimsby Town,
Goalkeeper Clarrie Williams wrote: 1, When
Grimsby clinched the last Northern League game
as winners, Clarrie only let in 29 goals in 46 games,
which is still a record at Grimsby. 2, The 1956 Winning Team
were paid £10.00 per week plus £2.00 win bonus. No
extra payment for winning the league in front of
crowds of 20,000 plus.
Freddie Hill (Manchester City) Finally managed to track
down Freddie Hill, Bolton Wanderers and England and
got an autograph from him.
John McAlle (Wolverhampton Wanderers) of Wolves sent me a nice
letter, he wrote "you never miss the water until
the well runs dry", he sure does miss playing.
Terry Naylor: (Tottenham Hotspur) Yesterday got a letter and
a signed picture from Terry Naylor who played over
250 games for Tottenham.
World Cup Stars: One of my best moments would
be about two years ago, I got to meet Lucien Laurent
who played for France in the 1930 World Cup and
actually scored the first ever goal in a World Cup
Final Game. He told me that it took them 3 weeks to
sail to Uruguay for the games.
helped me track down Just Fontaine, who hold the
record for 13 goals scored in the World Cup Finals.
Last year I managed
to track down Pietro Rava who played for Italy when
they won the World Cup in 1938.
David Hamilton : I came across an ex-player,
David Hamilton who played for Blackburn Rovers,
Burnley and Wigan. He told me fascinating stories of
running out before a full house at St James Park. How
Phil Neal (Northampton), then manager of Bolton
wanted him to join them. Then one day he gave me a
signed photo and one of his "Man of the
Match" medals. David is now coach at Rochdale.
Are there any
players that you are trying to find? I may be able to
help. I hope that I have not bored
you to death!!!!
PS I have just
started a website, see Football 57
Les Green (Derby
County) I asked
Nuneaton Borough's official website where Les is now and
they answered that he was last seen at the company Ryland
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