70s players got up to just as much shenanigens as modern ones. More so in fact. Some of the stories about our 70s team are enough top see that. It's just that in them days people didn't have some idea that they are entitled to judge them and then decide that that the players are in fact 'role models'.
Post by str8outtahampton on Jun 17, 2011 9:09:09 GMT
Agreed. For all sorts of reasons, and with some exceptions, it was generally possible for shenanigans to be pursued below the radar.
But I prefer to think that Bluto's excesses were confined to putting brown (rather than red) sauce on his chip butties.
As I suggested, the public line from players of that era (and I guess any time before the Premier League) tends to be very dignified, ie that they do not begrudge the wealth available today. I wonder in their private moments, however, whether they sometimes cast an envious glance at some of today's modest talent and think: "If I'd been born 30 years later, not only would I be earning at least £25,000 per week - but the technology to enable me to take pictures of my genitals, and forward them to ladies other than my wife, would be so much more affordable and efficient".
Bluto is a legend. Always will be. Enormously underrated. He and Smithy were one centre back pairings we ever ha. And then he went and scored when we demolished the Arse 5-0 in 1970, the season they did the double.
Towards the end of the 75-76 season, i was still helping out at the Vic. The night before, Alan Bloor scored our winning goal away at Man Utd. Overnight, someone had daubed '' Bloor'' just outside the main entrance. My task was to try to eradicate the writing before the players reported for training. The reason was.... the club were afraid Bluto would ask for a pay rise, straight up.
Had the pleasure of seeing Bluto's goal at Manure when we won 1- 0. As I recall Kevin "Bomber" Sheldon shot down the right wing towards the Scoreboard End and slung a ball into the box where, for some reason known only to him, Bluto had shot up the pitch to meet the cross with a bullet header. We were in the Paddock under the Main Stand and couldn't make ourselves known ... but what a great feeling of suppressed joy!!!
Alan was indeed a useful player; scored the odd goal too. My favourite memory of him was an article involving him in the souvenir magazine before the League Cup Final of '72. When asked "Favourite food?", Alan answered "Chip butty"..................those were the days; footballers lived like the man on the terrace.
Still got that magazine ....chip butty ! What a bloke ! One of us indeed