are they now?
- Know any others ??! Let me know and I'll
include them on this page.
Blackpool win promotion to the First
From The Sunday
October, 2004, included the following in their
regular 'Caught in Time' feature.
If a Blackpool fan could choose
a dream climax to a season it would probably involve
beating arch-rivals ' Preston North End to clinch
promotion and send Preston down. The dream came true on
Monday. April 13, 1970, when they won 3-0 ai Deepdale.
courtesy of a Fred Piickerering hat-trick, to return to
the old First Division and condemn Preston to the Third
A crowd of 35.400 saw Piekering head Blackpool's first
goal after Preston-bom winger Micky Burns had sent over
an excel¬lent cross. He then nodded his second from Bill
Bentley's centre, before helping a Tommy Hutchison shot
over the line to complete his treble. The hal-trick was
the highlight of his time at Blackpool.
"It was more special because it was Preston."
Piekering says. "There were 20,000 Blackpool
supporters there. It's always brought up whenever 1 go
back, and is one of my fondest memories. They'd had so
many great players in the past Matthews and
Mortensen but hadn't done anything for years until
we managed to get them back up."
Pickering. who celebrated with a cigar-ette in the
dressing-room after the game, says his teammates returned
to Blackpool 10 parly: "It was basically the end of
the season so we had the choice to go home or lo go to a
nightclub. 1 went to the night¬club." But the
celebrations did not last. Next season Blackpool went
back down and have not been back in the lop flight since.
1 John Mcphee (Barnsley)
A versatile Scot who played in seven different positions
for his firsi club, Moiherwell. He joined Blackpool for
£10.000 in 1962, and, although only 5ft 7in. usually
played in side- forward or half-back. Runs the Sheraton
Hotel in Blackpool and plays golf ai ihe North Shore
2 Dave Hatton (Blackpool)
Defender born in Farnworth, near Bolion, who played 231
times for Wanderers before switching 10 the Seasiders.
Scored six goals in 250 matches for Blackpool, and
enjoyed beating Preston, "There's always good
rivalry between ihe two. Preston never seemed to beat us,
and it was said we could jusl send the shirts out and
we'd beat them, but it wasn't as easy as that."
Worked in a Blackpool estate agents and is involved in
2 Micky Burns (Blackpool)
Born in Preston in 1946. He moved from Blackpool to
Newcastle, Cardiff and Middlesbrough before retiring in
1980. A regular scorer at Bloomfield Road, with 62 goals
in almost 200 games. Worked for the Professional
Footballers' Association (PFA) until a parting of the
ways lasi year
4 Harry Thomson (Blackpool)
The goalkeeper who celebrated Pickering's hat-trick by
swinging on the crossbar at Deepdale. Born in Edinburgh,
he played a total of 216 League games for Bumley,
Blackpool and Barrow. Now 64, he lives in Barrow, looking
after the pitches where his grandchildren play junior
football. (Reckon this info came from this site ! - Bob)
5 John Craven (Blackpool)
Born in St Annes on the Fylde Coast in 1947, he made his
Blackpool debut in 1965. Also turned out for Crystal
Palace, Coventry City and Plymouth Argyle. Scored 27
times in more than 160 matches for Blackpool. Died of a
heart attack in America in 1996
6 Fred Pickering (Blackpool)
Scorer of Blackpool's second-most-famous hat-trick -
after Stan Mortensen's in the 1953 FA Cup final. Scored
goals for Blackburn and Evert on before joining Blackpool
at ihe start of 1969-70 from Birmingham City. He
contracted pneumonia, but was rushed back into the side
as Blackpool had 17 of their 22 players undergoing
treatment. "We were third-bottom, and I had a knee
injury and wasn't training. Then we got our players fit
and never looked back." Scored 24 goals in 49 games
for Blackpool before finishing back at Blackburn in 1972.
Capped ihree limes for England, he still lives in the
7 Bill Cartmell (Blackpool)
The chairman was ecstatic at this victory and promised
the club's sights were set on Europe. "In the First
Division, we plan to go places," he said. They did
go places back to the Second Division after one
season. Cartmell resigned as Blackpool chairman in 1978
after falling out with manager Allan Brown. He died in
8 Jimmy Armfield (Blackpool)
Bom in 1935 in Demon, Manchester. A one-club man between
1954 and 1970, he holds the club record of 629 games,
scoring six times from right-back. Was a member of
England's World Cup-winning squad in 1966, and played 43
times for his country, a record for a Blackpool player.
Now a respected analyst on BBC Radio 5 Live, he was the
FA head-hunter who selected Terry Venables as England
manager. Lives in the South Shore area of Blackpool and
plays the organ at his local church.
9 Tommy Hutchison (Blackpool)
Originally from Cardenden, Fife, he made his Blackpool
debut in 1967, Scored 14 goals in almost 200 games before
joining Coventry in 1972. Went to Manchester City in 1980
and scored for both sides in a 1-1 draw with Tottenham in
the 1981 FA Cup final. Capped 17 times by Scotland, he
also played for Burnley, Alloa and Swansea for
whom he turned mil when he was 43 as well as a
spell in Hong Kong. Works for the PFA and lives in
10 Terry Allcock (Blackpool)
Versatile player borin the Potteries in 1946. he played
112 times for Port Vale before joining Blackpool, where
he scored 21 goals in 196 games. Brief stints at Bury,
Blackburn, Port Vale and Halifax followed before he
played one season in North America with the Portland
Timbers in 1977. Runs the Wrea Green Institute, a working
men's club, near Preston
11 Glyn James (Blackpool)
Another one-club man. The central defender made his debut
in I960, and scored 25 times in 442 games before injury
forced his retirement in 1976. Also won nine caps for
Wales. Still playing Sunday football in Blackpool during
the 1980s and washed the club's kit at his laundry
busi¬ness in the town before selling up recently
12 Alan Suddick (Blackpool)
The "King" of Bloomfield Road was born in
Chester-le-Street. Played for Newcastle before signing
for Blackpool and endearing himself to fans with a series
of .skilful midfield displays. Scored 76 times in almost
350 games for the Tangerines, and also plied his trade at
Stoke, Southport and Bury. At 60, he lives near
Bloomfield Road and is involved in a decorating business
13 Bill Bentley (Blackpool)
Sloke-born he made his debut for
his hometown club in 1965. He made 296 of his 439 League
appearances for Blackpool, scoring 10 goals and creating
others, including Pickering's second against North End.
Bentley, 57 last Thursday, is a window cleaner in Stoke.
By Marc Padgett
With thanks to Peter
Young for alerting me to this article .
Dennis Tueart (Sunderland)and Jimmy
Husband (ex Everton).
bother you but I have a request. I have been trying
on the web for a " where are they now
website" and stumbled across your website. Let me explain !! I run a junior
football club in Newcastle upon Tyne and am after the
whereabouts of Dennis Tueart (Sunderland) and also Jimmy
Husband (ex Everton).
being we are expanding as a club and are shortly to
obtain an area of land which used to be Manor Park
school fields. These two gentlemen went to this
school and I was hoping to get in touch with them to
possibly come back and do an official opening as this
area will be used as our club base for 13 teams. If you have any info
on either of them I would be obliged if you could
pass it on.
Bower (secretary) Heaton Hawks F.C.
John did write back to
say that Jimmy lives in Northampton area where he is
President of the Everton supporters club there, and
Dennis is on the board at Manchester City.
Brian O'Neil (Southampton) and Tommy Jenkins (Southampton)
As a lifelong
Southampton supporter, l wondered if you had any
ideas as to what happened to 2 of their best and most
under rated palyers of the early 70's, namely Brian
O'Neil and Tommy Jenkins ?
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