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Last Saturday was the worst possible for two players to take on loan but

result in the world for US and we at the time of writing these notes I
threw away three valuable points to have met with little success despite
a side who, though better o n the being in touch with more then two
day than us, had a little bit of luck. dozen clubs.
And that's certainly something We have no money t o buy and with
we've been short of this season. a lot of clubs running on similar lines
But we just haven't been getting t o ourselves, just can't afford to let
the performances the players were players go.
producing earlier in the season when Take our own situation last week -
many clubs were saying we were the we could have gone into the game
best side they had faced. without a substitute.
I've asked the players t o commit If.the reserve team would have had
themselves more for the club and I a fixture that's what would have
hope that attitude will be borne out happened.
this afternoon. Talking of the reserves I would like
We took another blow last week t o mention that whilst we have some
when we lost Kenny Clements who promising youngsters in the side they
has gone into hospital for a cartilage are not yet quite ready for the
operation which could keep him out rigours of the Second Division.
for the rest of the season. It is for that reason we have t o keep
Kenny has been carrying the injury playing our recognised first tearners
since November last year and even when they are off form.
although we knew the player needed At one time I could put them in
an operation it was he who insisted the reserves whilst they played their
that he should carry on playing. way back but. at the moment, that's
With a small pool of players it has impossible.
made life very difficult for us and I named the players who didn't do
looking back we have been dealt their job last week and they knew I
some cruel blows with injuries. was right.
Nick Sinclaii is out for the season. Now we have to go out with the
Gary Hoolickin has played only forty attitude to win, nothing else will be
minutes football in 13 weeks and good enough.
Steve Edwards. Paul Futcher. Paul The promotion race isn't over yet
Heaton, Ged Keegan. Darron and three points against Sheffield
McDonough, Roger Palmer, John Wednesday, whom we welcome to
Ryan and Rodger Wylde have all Boundary Park this afternoon, will
missed games because of injury or there are other players with records put us right back in contention.
suspension. that put them perilously close t o Despite a run that has brought only
Look at the luck some of the being suspended. two wins since December we were
other promotion high fliers have I'm not making excuses for our still in the top three until last week
enjoyed - Luton have sailed through dreadful run since Christmas which .. . and with teamschasing promotion
the season virtually unchanged and has seen us drop out of the top still having t o play each other
Rotherham haven't had one serious three for the first time since the anything can happen.
injury. beginning of December. Let's hope a little bit of luck breaks
Now we have lost Darron But the injuries haven't helped. our way this afternoon and we can
McDonough for two matches and get back to our winning ways.

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Cha~rrnan:H.W~lde Comrnerc~al Manager. A. Hardy
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The North West has witnessed a significant England's opponents in the first group game.
switch in football's tactical approach. It was at Naturally England's scouting team had watched
Manchester City's Maine Road in February that the Belgians many times. One tactic they had
Ron Greenwood asked Manchester United's Ray never used was the offside trap. Yet in Turin,
Wilkins to operate as a sweeper behind marking Belgium played offside.
defenders - Latics' Paul Futcher and Brighton's
Steve Foster. Y
England were caught and could manage only
a draw. Belgium went on into the final.
The interest in the experiment must have
produced a smile or two in the Burnley area. On KICK OFF Don Howe also put forward the
Brian Miller's side has utilised a similar plan for argument that the Football League should offer
much of the season -usually with that experienced no points for a goalless draw. It is a formula that
and wise footballer, Martin Dobson, as a sweeper deserves investigation, and would put an end to
- and the tactics have played a major part in an attitude which at times can still be detected.
Burnley's stirring run from a disastrous start to That a team can have one point before the game
the season into promotion candidates. starts and goes onto the pitch determined not
t o lose it.
Ron Greenwood is quick t o point out that the
system has attacking as well as defensive qualities. It was unfortunate for Don that Arsenal's
You only have to think of Franz Beckenbauer's result at Manchester United the next day was
effective break from the back to agree. Scirea of . . . nil-nil - a scoreline repeated at Manchester
Juventus and Italy is another Bweeper who has City last weekend!
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MATCH TIME cameras that afternoon were not
at Old Trafford but at Anfield, where Coventry

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will be important in the World Cup. Don Howe,
now Greenwood's right-hand man, gave me a
City were put to the sword. Liverpool reminded
us all, Arsenal included, of one important aspect
of their success. In the nature of the contemporary
telling example of the need for variety when he game it is vital to get a regular supply of goals
was a recent guest on KICK OFF. In the 1980's from midfield players. McDermott, Souness and
European Championship finals, Belgium were Lee were all on the mark against Coventry.

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I , I was rather u et this week t o see the season) which means many clubs have to carry
comments of F.A. Ecretary Ted Croker in the bigger staffs than is real1 necessary at a time when
Press, s u gestin that the efforts of Jimmy Hill we all recognise the needTto economise.
and Six %att Busby t o find a way of makin I believe the League should have control over
League football more attractive were a waste of referees and that an independent tribunal should
time. hear disciplinary complaints, allowing clubs the
He says the game is still attractive and it is the right of a peal.
attitude of the teams which must change. It is a t o u t time the F.A., the League and the
, While I recognise that the F.A. represent foot- players union got together on this, and many other
ball as a whole and, at the moment we abide by subjects, before the game falls apart around our
their rules, it often seems ludicrous that we in ears.
the Football League run a professional set-up and Here is just another example of how silly the
yet come under the control of the F.A. which is situation is when we have separate governing
m essence an amateur body. bodies:- At a time when several League clubs are
One area which I find strange is the issue of faced with extinction and most are in some sort
control over referees. Because they come under of financial diffi+ty the F.A. paid out in
F.A. control, we in the League have no redress. We Corporat~on Tax m tke last financial year, a
can't even be critical of them. ering 8350,000.
Players are not all sweet and innocent, of St% t mone is lost t o the game of which the
course, but it's fair t o say that some referees are League is sure& the ma-or element in that, o n top
also at fault. of everythin else - like roviding the ma'or
When we lose players through automatic
suspensions where we have no right of appeal, i t
teams in the /.A. Cup - we 2- provide club s i d e
for European tournaments an_d players t o
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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY - BRIEF Wednesday's darkest hour came in 1974-75when,


for the first and only time in their history, they were.
HISTORY rele ated t o the Third Division.
MANAGER Jack Charlton's current Sheffield hanager Jack Charlton (O.B.E.) was appointed in r .
Wedne a slde has a long, proud tradition to live up October 1977 and ded Wednesday back to the
to a dSgOiOUgh. Second Division in 19%-79 as runners-up.
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the ~ o o t b dLeague, having been f o u w o n
Sept mber 5 1867.
takk their name "Wednesday" because that
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'was the half-da off in the town p d the title adopted
by the wedneszay Cricket Club m 1816. The cricket
lads finally decided to form a soccer club to keep A W A R M welcome today to our rivals from
members together during the winter. across t h e Pennines, Sheffield Wednesday, w h o are
The "Wednesday" t stuck with the soccer club
whe the cncket and fo3ball club split in 1883 sure to provide tough opposition.
8e@esday have. since won the Foqtball ~ e a g u e Jack Charlton's team have, rather like ourselves,
champ~ondu four tunes -in the successwe seasons of
1902-03 am?1903=4 and again in 1928-29,1929-30. struggled to find their best form at home recently.
The 1928-29 trium h came just a year after they had But a record o f eight away wins in 15 matches
narrowly avoided r 8 ation!
In 1980 ~ e d n a a ywent close to achieving the speaks for itself.
League and Cu double falling in the semi-final of the Among the Wednesday players expected o n ,
F.A. Cup to guddersfikld Town to a hotly-disputed I
g@. d u t y are:-
Wednesday.hape made five appearances in the F.A.
Cy final - w g
- three of them m 1896.1907 and
R A Y BLACKHALL - born Ashington, right-
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:J9b. back signed from Newcastle August 1978.
The Second Division championshi has one to
Wednesday f~ve tunes - in 1899-1B00, 1%25-26
G A R Y BANNISTER - born Warrington, signed
1951-52. 1955-56 and 1958-59. They were alsd from Coventry City July 1981. L e f t mid-field or
promoted m 1949-50 as runners-u to S up on goal winger ahd enjoying a good goalscoring record this
d~iference from arch-rivals ~he&ield t m t e d and
. Southam~ton. term.
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. TERRY CURRAN - (forward). Born Kinsley,
- Nr. Pontefract. Joined from Southampton, March
1979. was t o p scorer with 23 goals in 1980181.
DAVID GRANT - (left back). Born Sheffield.
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GARY MEGSON-(midfield). Born Manchester.
' Joined Plymouth from school and went t o Everton
1 8 months ago. Joined Wednesday from Everton
30.7.81. Was a member of the England,Under-21
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Titograd, Yugoslavia. Joined from Budocnost,
Titograd in September 1980. A member of the
Yugoslav International team. Made 25 League
appearances for Wednesday last season, scoring 5
goals.
ANDY McCULLOCH - (forward). Born North-
ampton. Joined from Brentford June 1979.
Wednesday's top scorer last season with 1 8 goals.
JOHN PEARSON - born Sheffield, lives only
minutes from the ground, he joined from school as
an apprentice and became a full professional May
1981. Made his League debut against Bristol City,
September 1980 and scored in the 2-1 win. A
member of the England Youth squad.
PAUL SHIRTLIFF - (born Barnsley). Joined
- from school as an apprentice June 1979 and
became a full professional in 1980. The brother of
Peter Shirtliff.
PETER SHIRTLIFF -(defender). Born 'Chapel- .-
town, Nr. Barnsley, joined from school as an
apprentice and became a full professional in 1978.
MARK SMITH - (defender). Born Sheffield,
joined from school as an apprentice July 1976 and
became a full professional January 1978. An
ex-Sheffield Boys' player and a member of the
England Under-21 squad for the last two seasons.

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bowling allay - victims of the success of others - But what happens?When they gzt to the Second Division,, -
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circumstameo of the club because the outside infkrsnce such1 ,
as crowd potential a d wch like are deciiw.
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The diffmcwm in the running costs of a Fhrst and %orxi
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Undoubtedly from what I have seen this season the level of
organisation, that is defensive organisation in terms of
pressuring the ball and limiting people's time to play, is
probably as great if not greater in the lower divisions than it is
in the First Division. At the top there seems to be more
respect paid to players and their ability to play in tight
situations and therefore they are often given a little bit more
room. There isn't much room given to players in the Third
Division and we have to come to terms with that fact. If that
means that there is less rolly polly football as it were then that
is an unfortunate fact of life which is forced upon us.

CRISIS
"At Brjstol our tactics have been dictated purely and simply
by the players available plus a few basic philosophy's and it
WHEN BRISTOL CITY BOSS Bob Houghton suddenly quit so happens that one of our basic principles is that you should
at the beginning of the year, it was a stunning reminder of try and restrict the amount of time and space opponents
the pressure and frustration smothering the modern game. have on the ball. Otherwise they can destroy you with their
Houghton had won international recognition only three skills."
short years ago when he led unfashionable Swedish club Roy had no previous experienc; of management in this
Malmo to the final of the European Cup. It was a fine tribute country although he was in charge of the Swedish club
to his powers of leadership and coaching ability, yet in the Halmstad for five years before join@g Houghton at Bristol,
pressure cooker atmosphere of fhe Football League he.ran and took them to a Swedish Championship triumph.
out of time and inspiration... life at the bonom of the Third However he concedes that "the Football League always has
Division proved too exacting. a magic ring about it and it is different, but the problems of
One man who was shocked by Houghton's decision - management are much the same wherever you are."
although the City boss had confided in him a month earlier of He points out: "The Swedish First Division is a much
his intention - was his assistant Roy Hodgson. who was higher standard than the English Third Division although the
then asked to take over the club on a temporary basis.
This sort of arrangement is very hard on the person
stepping in but Roy had no qualms: "Oh no it was quite a
logical step really" he exclaims: "I am only a caretaker
manager anyway, that has been made perfectly clear and the
club then advertised the vacancy. It was up to them to decide
whether they wanted to perpetuate the status quo and
continue the work Bob and I had started or whether they
wanted a fresh approach altogether."
Consequently Hodgson was under tremendous strain,
having come from within the existing organisation he could
not expect the sort of latitude extended to a new
appointment ... here there was no extension given, success
was expected to be instant.
"That is absolutely right" confirms Mr. Hodgson who
continues: "But 1 made it clear to my Chairman that I did not
dissociate myself in any way from what had gone on, in fact
quite the opposite. I feel fairly proud in being associated with
what Bob did. He turned the club around, certainly as far as
the economics were concerned, and made big sacrifices.

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"Of course I was as appalled and disappointed as anybody
that it all co-incided with a bad run of results which placed us
at the wrong end of the table, but I still think we were
working on the right lines. Given time - and when we
started the Chairman did say it would be a three year
programme - our way will bring success. problems of coaching and dealing with players are basically
"The point that having taken over three months short of
that half-way stage, I would be evaluated on the previous
the same. The job at Bristol for example is to coach and
balance the team - organise them in such a way as to
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fifteen months is perfectly valid but it is a situation one has to produce results from the resources available.
accept and I made it clear that I was hoping to serve my "There is no doubt about it, success on the field is the
contract out with the club.
"The Third Division is a very even competition and that is
imperative factor for all football clubs because it is the only
constant factor that one can base ideals on when it comes to
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like a double edged sword. It means that there aren't any attracting the public to your ground."
easy games and so you can not depend on any easy points to Roy Hodgson like all the rest will be judged on results...
get out of trouble. On the other hand there is no need to be but he certainly can't have expected to find himself in the
afraid of any side either, for we are just as likely to win points centre of a crisis which threatened to close the clubs
from the Chesterfield's of the world as the Wimbledon's. operation. With a f700.000 overdraft and losing a f1,000a
"The critics suggest that the Third Division is a difficult day Bristol City have simply run out of money, Roy Hodgson
division to play 'football' in but what is attractive football? is certainly in at the deep end, as his club totter on the brink
What appeals to me might not to be to your taste. of extinction.
The Columbian image is unsuit-
able for the 1986 Finals claims a
strong lobby from the Columbian
parliament who are clearly anxious
to call off the proposed football
festival which they estimate will
cost the impoverished Country
something like 380 million dollars
to stage. . . Brazil would seem to
BOLTON WANDERERS are outside the First and Second equalled that achievement
currently eduring one of the less Division's. twice but the last occassion was
auspicious periods that have It all started as a Sunday the season of 1924-25.
frequently punctuated their School enterprise in 1874 under The first major setback was
illustrious history, since the name Christ Church, but as suffered during the season of
becoming founder members of the football side became more 1898-99 when despite thrashing
the Football League in 1888. serioud a rift between the Sunderland 6-1 they could
Although the club can not claim committee and the vicar muster only nine wins all
any great achievements in developed until the footballers season, and thus were rele-
terms of championships won, were forced to leave the church gated together with Sheffield
they have managed to stay the premises. Having no base they Wednesday. Nevertheless both
course for the majority of their became wanderers and in 1877 teams proved far too strong for
time and spent just two seasons formed themselves into Bolton the Second Division and
Wanderers Football Club. bounced straight back up,
A year later the Wanderers Wednesday finishing top and
became founder members of Bolton second.
t h e Lancashire F o o t b a l l Relegated again in 1903 it '
Association, playing their home took the Wanderers t w o
matches at Pike's Lane until seasons to reafirm their status
1895 when they transferred to in the top flight and after three
Burnden. more seasons they faced the
However before that came drop once again.
about the club found itself in This time Bolton returned as
hot water with the authorities Second Division Champions 1
following an incident in 1883 (1908-091, with the following :
when the referee was "hooted record: P38, W24, D4, L10, 1
on the ground" and afterwards F59, A28, Pts 52. The names of
assaulted by unruly spectators. Gaskell, Robinson, Baverstock, 1
The FA recommended that the Edmondson, Slater, Barber,
club be expelled from football Greenhalgh, Hagan, Hughes, i
but fortunately the case was Owen, McEwan, Stokes and a

dealt with by the County FA Hunter were imortalised, they


who were more sympathetic had won for Bolton their first
and so the Wanderers lived on. major trophy.
Not that the club hadn't been
DOWN AND UP close before, indeed they had
There were further brushes with alreadv earned a feared reDu-
authority to come when Bolton tation 'as Cup fighters and had
were suspected of fielding pro- played in two finals by that
fessionals. By chicanery they time. The first appearance was
hoodwinked the investigating at Everton in 1894 when they i
commission, but later admitted met Notts County whose 1
that they had wrongfully paid centreforward Logan netted a
their players... However the
outcome saw the acceptance of
hat-trick in County's 4-1 win. In
1904 Bolton faired a little better
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professionalism in 1885. against Manchester City at
Three years later the Football Crystal Palace, but again only
League was launched with 12 collected runners-up medals
clubs. Bolton started badly having lost by a single goal.
losing 6-3 at home to Derby al- The Cup was becoming a
though they gradually improved tradition and it was fitting that
and finished the season in fifth Bolton should feature in the first
position, having won 10 and Wembley Final in 1923. What a
drawn two of their 22 games, day that was with an estimated
with 63 goals for and 59 against. 126,000 people thronging onto
The following season's Bolton .the pitch and the famous white
NEIL WHATMORE - finished in ninth, fifth and then horse clearing the playing area
scored 74 goals for third place, the highest ranking so that the game with West
Bolton. in their history. They have since Ham United could commence. ..
It certainly proved third time
lucky for the Trotters, who this YEAR FORMED: 1874
Turned Professional: 188L
time made no mistake with Previous name: Christ Church FC until 1877
goals from Jack and J. R. I
Smith clinching a fine 2-0 win.
Three years later Bolton were
back at Wembley, this time with Second Division Champions - 1908-09, 1977-78
the chance to avenge former Second Division Runners-up- 1899-1900, 1904-05, 1910-11,
conquerers Manchester City.
That man Jack got into the act
once again and his lone goal did
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Bolton were almost making it a
habit to visit Wembley and in 1976-77 Neil Whatmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
1929 the famous shirts were 1977-78 Neil Whatmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
there again t o take on 1978-79 Frank Worthington . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Portsmouth. Neither side had
enjoyed a good season in the 1979-80 Neil Whatmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
League but they put on a great 1980-81 Neil Whatmore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
show as Bolton won the Cup for
the third time with a 2-0 victory.
The goals came from Butler and
Blackmore. Walter Rowley, Bill Ridding, Nat Lofthouse, Jimmy
Mcllroy, Jimmy Meadows, Nat Lofthouse, Jimmy
Armfield, Ian Greaves, Stan Anderson and George
Mulhall.

After all that glory Bolton trophy once again 2-0.


slumbered in relative Cup Since then there have been
obscurity until the old flame many sterling battles against
was rekindled in 1953. This t h e likes of Liverpool,
game against Blackpool was to Newcastle and Arsenal as
become another chapter in Bolton have reached the fifth
football folklore and was after- round on five occassions, but in
wards dubbed the 'Matthews the league the club wandered
Final.' It unfolded like a fictional off course during the seventies
tale with Bolton taking a and found itself in the Third'
sensational lead in two minutes Division for the first time in
through Nat Lofthouse. Early in 1971. It was the lowest ebb
the second-half Bolton were dthough promotion was quickly
cruising to victory with further gained with the Third Division
goals from Moir and Bell giving title in 1973 and progress was
them a 3-1 lead but then continued, culminating with the
Matthews inspired the most Second Division Championship
sensational Cup comeback in in 1978. Alas Bolton could not
the history of the game.. . cement their position in the First
Bolton were beaten 4-3. Division and slipped back down
. Five years later Machester in 1980.
United provided the opposition Now the battle is on to try
to Bolton's home grown team. and stop the downward trend.
Once again it was a Final of spiraling, but it is a challenge
incidence and Lofthouse's they have become accustomed
charge on United goalkeeper to over the years at Burnden
Harry Gregg remains one of the Park. Bolton who helped create
talking points of the Cup. The the Football League have found
BRIAN KlDD - A former England striker. goal stood and Bolton won the more fame in the FA Cup!
n was eno.
snow. And it wasn't only because West Bromwich
Albion had sbfdy negotiated the first hurdle on what and white striped blood in his veins.
they, and their supporters, hoped might lead to the FA He wae once an idol at the Hawthorns. A centre-
Cup Final and Wembley. farward of pace and reflex who often gave centre-
The winter slush was still thick on the ground .
halves three or f w r inches in height. . and an awful
outside the Hawthorns as smiling fans made their way lot of trouble.
home - talking about the fate of others as much as It was 28 years ago, in 1954, when he fashioned his
the tiuccess of their own side. own piece of Albion history by scoring twice in an FA
It wasn't really the fact that Birmingham had been Cup Final win over Preston North End. Few who saw it
pipped by lpswich which induced the smiles. Neither will forget his coolness as he dotted home a penalty
was it the news from Molineux where Wolves cup that brought Albion level at 2-2. The Preston
interest had been summarity dismissed by Leeds. goalkeeper, Thompson, got both hands to the ball but
No, it was the result from Watford, where the was beaten by Allen's power.
Second Division side had stripped the gloss from Allen was rrbviously the man for a crisis. And his
! Manchester United with a one goal win, which subsequent dealings have shown the merit of his
reminded everyone what a. supwbly unpredi,ctable selection to take over the Albion reins.
competiti'on.the FA Cup can be. He has coached in many parts of the world -
One beaming Midlander summed it all up:" He left including a successful spell at Bilbao, it shouM be?said,
us to go to a club where they would win troph'm. where England are to play their World Cup matches.
Wonder what he thinks now?" But in England it has really only been Albion who haw
He? Ron Atkinson, erswhile manager of West demanded his attention.
Bramwich Albion and now supremo of the multi- Returning in such difficult circumstances he has
million pound, multi-talented United quad. achieved much in a short space of time and his
Atkinson's defection still wrankles in these parts. judgement in the transfer market has been a real eye-
The fact that his often larger than life presence - not opener.
to say shrewd mana-ent - had contributed much With the Atkinson-Robson-Moses furore blowing
to the success of Albion over the last couple of yeqrs an icy blast of discontent through the West Midlands it
has been quickly forgotten. was not surprising that Albion made a miserable start
Albion fans didn't bike it - and, I suppose, you can to the mason. They found themdws precariously
appreciate their virew. It wasn't just Atkinson. Remi near the bottom of the table and were disappointingly
Moses followed him and then, in a welter of shunted out of the UEFA Cup in double quick tirne.
controversy, Bryan Rrrbm, too, made the trip to Otd But Allen was not going to be rushed into any hasty
Trafford. It made him the most expensive player in transfer activities. He had the money to spend but
British footba.ll, but f1.7 million - or whatever - wasn't going to waste cash on playersjust for the sake
didn't really appease the mass dimppointment. of it.
Of the Albion side that had moved excitingty into
DISCONTENT Europe last season he had aiso lost the attacking skills
The club, themselves, weren't exactly enamoured by of Peter Barnes - in addition to Robson and Moses.
the dealings even thwgh some f2 million had been Then Allen made his mwe. Visits to the continent
accrued as a result of the transfer deals. were repaid with the signing of Martin Jol, a tall,
Man in the middle of - " nese developments was commanding and tough midfield operator from Dutch
Ronnie Allen - a man y might suspect with blue club Twente Enschede.
I
FAVOU RITES nis back room staff where former Gillingham manager
,"I, though very much a different opefator, may prove summers was Summers has
as valuable a signing as the dynamic Dutch duo bf succeeded in getting the best out of Albion and the
Arnold Muhren and Frans Thijssen have been to playing staff.
The changes were not entirely complete, howevev

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loswich.
Steve Mackenzie, a hero of ManChester FA Gary Owen, the England under-21 international, was
Lup Final run last year, suddenly .found himself placed on the transfer list after failing to agree new
outslde John Bond's future plans and on his way to with the 'Iub.
the Hawthorns. It says much for Ronnie Allen tnat despite losing
Later he was joined Iry King, ms Robson and Moses, Barnes and, with Owen
Park Rangers and the versatile and adaptable Clive discontent, the Albion were being widely tipped as the
Whitehead from Bristol City. side to watch in cup competitions.
Allied with arguably the best pair of full backs in the It Surprise that he picked up a Bell's
First Division - Brendan Batson and Derek Staham - Manager of the Month award but Allen's reaction was
typical - it is the players who in the end produce the
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results. But, with wise buying, a manager has got to
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suspected. Suddenty he was the man the media


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to.morrow there was a certain logic in the argument.

M e K W Out every Wnesday


Second Division rivals, Leicester back in goal.
and Shrewsbury, could figure in
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final last week. While that little cameo was

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