Manager being sacked on a pools panel decision.
And what makes it particularly anomalous and even more shameful was that almost exactly a year earlier we had cheered as the horrible **** was sent off at SOL for what we all thought was his final premier league game.Stopping a premier league game to lick the arse of one of the opposing team.
Yes I think so. We were cup holders and Carlisle knocked us out. However it is the midweek afternoon cup replay against Cardiff two years previously that I recall best. A huge seasons best crowd of almost 40000 as against an average of 16000 with Bobby Kerr taking the game into extra time with a last minute goal. Alas with the prize for the victors a home tie with Leeds we lost the second replay at Maine Road. The Roker roar during extra time would have given the noise from the famous City night in 73 a run for the money. The Cardiff keeper had a blinder. It was a brilliant sunlit February afternoon and Roker looked magnificentCup replay against Carlisle ?
We were 19th with 3 points when Dick Advocaat left, Sam kept us up in 17th and from Feb onwards we were playing like at least a mid table team.Was it not because they played in all white and confusion with a white ball blending with their socks?
People thinking Big Sam "saved us from relegation" when he was actually in charge for 8 months of a 10 month season and we finished lower than where we were when he took the job.
Also Liverpool being awarded a goal for stealing our free kick.Liverpool being awarded a penalty for a foul on the half way line.
I remember that. March 72 I think. We stood outside the Roker End waiting an announcement. On the way to the match approaching Boldon I could see a distant sea fret. The previous Saturday the feature match on Match of the Day was Sunderland drawing at Norwich who were I think top. Martin Harvey sustained his career ending injury. Ironically I missed the rearranged game with Watford which we won 5 nil. By then promotion was gone and Alan Brown threw a load of kids in. Had the game been played that Saturday with the momentum with us we could quite easily have gone up. But then the following season we would not have won the cup.In the early 70s beautiful April sunshine all around but the match against Watford is postponed because the ground is fogbound. You could not see the goals from the halfway line. Norman Burtenshaw was the referee. The crowd was waiting outside - the gates were never opened.
QualityHit the wall at work so my mate sends me some train spotter random facts involving SAFC games.
1. 73 Cup final yellow ball.. why?
2. QPR home game 1979 when they ran out in our blue away strip
3.Leeds at home 1980 4-1 when all the printed numbers were peeling off the players shirts like a pub team kit!
Sad as fuck I know but anyone got anymore?....