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April / May 2004

There is now a newly available Caught in Time, of Scotland 1978 World Cup players, see Caught in Time, April 25, 2004

Frozen In Time

The Observer Sport Monthly must be the best sports magazine newspaper supplement ever produced.. It advertises that it is 'Sport Magazine of the Year', and yet it is 'free' to Sunday Observer newspaper readers.

It always scores high in the Bob 70-71 Player quota, but none more so than in the January 2004 no. 47 edition. The magazine includes a where are they now ? feature, called "Frozen in Time", along the same lines as the Sunday Times' "Caught in Time", and in this edition it actually featured a photograph of a match from the 1970-71 season itself.

The game was Crystal Palace v Chelsea played on 2 January 1971 in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Chelsea were holders of the cup at the time, and it was played in icy conditions at Selhurst Park in front of 42,193 spectators. It finished 2-2 - McCormick and Birchenall for Palace, Osgood and Baldwin for Chelsea - and Chelsea went on to win the replay 2-0, but were knocked out to Manchester City in the next round.

There's even a hint that the magazine used this site in its research !

The feature included this write up ....

Jim Scott (Crystal Palace) Born in Falkirk, Scott signed for Palace following a successful spell at Newcastle United. After retiring from football, the winger returned to Falkirk where he now runs a pub. He is 63.

John Hollins (Chelsea) Born in Guildford, Hollins made his Chelsea debut in 1964 as a 17 year old. After 592 appearances he left for Queens Park Rangers in 1975; four years later, he joined Arsenal. He returned to Chelsea in 1983, becoming coach after one season then manager from 1985 to 1988. Hollins has coached QPR and managed Swansea, and was caretaker manager at Stockport for a month this season (2003-2004). Now 57, he was recently linked with Partick Thistle.

Mel Blyth (Crystal Palace) Born in Norwich, Blyth left Palace in 1974 to join Southampton where he won the FA Cup in 1976. Now 59, he lives in London where he runs his own building firm and coaches football in schools.

Peter Osgood (Chelsea) Born in Windsor, Osgood scored more than 200 career goals, including one in every round of Chelsea's 1969-70 Cup run. Osgood now works as a match-day host for Southampton (where he won the Cup alongside Blyth), is a regular on the after-dinner circuit and also organises celebrity golf days. Now 57, he lives in Hampshire.

Ron Harris (Chelsea) Born in Hackney, Harris belied his lack of inches (he was 5ft 7in) as his tough-tackling reputation earned him the nickname 'Chopper'. Now 59, he retains close links with Chelsea and is a regular on the after-dinner circuit.

Alan Birchenall (Crystal Palace) East Ham-born Birchenall was lining up here against hi'; former club. The former blond bornbshell's locks may have been replaced by a balding pate, but his loud London tone remains. He puts it to good use, too, working for Leicester City (for whom he signed from Palace tor 100,000 pounds), where he enlivens match-day proceedings as MC. 'I've still got what every old footballer misses - the banter of the dressing room', he says. 'It's vicious. If you're a sensitive peach in this business, you're b******ed.' He is 58.

John McCormick (Crystal Palace) Glaswegian McCormick was a rugged central defender who formed a formidable partnership I with Blyth. Now 67, he I owns a hotel near Glasgow.

John Jackson (Crystal Palace)

Hi Bob,
I'm Bob too.
I'm a Councillor with Lewes DC, one of our staff is the legendary JOHN JACKSON, Palace goalie for many years including 70/71.
John no longer coaches at Brighton and Hove Albion I understand, but keeps fit.
I nearly fell over when I first saw him, being a Holmesdale Road regular for many years. It's always the goalies you remember the clearest, isn't it?

Great site, I found it by accident.

Bob Brown

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John McNamee (Newcastle United)

Hi Bob,
Regarding your sight question ''where are they now ? '', John is now living in Cockermouth for quite a number of years now. He attends supporters lunches on regular basis.
Regards, J. McGovern

Barrie Fairbrother (Orient)

I have received an email from the former Orient and Millwall striker Barrie Fairbrother from the 1970s. He has been living in Queensland, Australia for the past 26 years and is selling residential land for the Lend Lease Company. He says he still follows the Orient results every week and is please they are moving up the Third Division.

Neil Kaufman


Steve Derrett Cardiff City

Hi Bob,

I am a family historian researching the DERRETT family. I run the Derrett Family History site at Please could you help me contact Steve Derrett or give me some information on him. I would be very grateful.


Lisa-Antoinette Feasey (nee Derrett)

Steve was a Welsh international footballer, as I'm sure you'll already know, who played for Cardiff City, Carlisle United, Aldershot, Rotherham, and Newport County.

The last information I have is from 'Where are they now?' by Andy Pringle and Neil Fissler, whose book from 1996 says he was a a representative for a protective clothing firm in Cardiff.


What happened to Bob Cummings ex-Hartlepool and Newcastle Utd player ?

Martin Harvey (Sunderland and Northern Ireland)

He was a gentle man, a much under-rated player who gave his heart and soul for his one club (a lost quality these days). The last I saw of him was on the bench assisting at Millwall (a role he also discharged for his country when he finished playing).
Where is he now I wonder - can you help?  
Many thanks,  

David Smith

Further April / May 2004 news can be found at ...

Bob Dunning
23 May 2004

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