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    Quote Originally Posted by Tulse View Post
    Back in the day I liked West Brom. In fact many members of my wider family supported them. They had some fine players back then, such as Brown, Brown, Cunningham, Regis and Wile. They probably had one or two Latchfords at some point. I don't really remember Jeff Astle in his playing days, but he seems to be the most revered by Baggies fans,
    Goalkeeper Peter Latchford played for West Brom until joining Celtic but was usually kept out of the side by John Osborne. For a few years the club were capable of winning things until Ron Atkinson left for Manchester United, taking the engine room of Bryan Robson and Remi Moses with him. Albion have never properly recovered from that. I did see Jeff Astle a couple of times when I was young but he was a bit past it by then, and the team itself was struggling under manager Don Howe. My favourite Albion player was Willie Johnston, one of the most naturally skilful wingers I've ever seen, and he had a sense of fun and mischief at a time when players still knew how to smile on the pitch. Mind you, he was a stroppy Weegie b*****d as well!


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    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    Willie Johnston was a fine player, though a bit naughty at the World Cup in 1978!

    I liked John Osborne, he was a good keeper.

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    Lawrie Cunningham played for the real Wimbledon in the 1988 cup final. Fine player!

    A year later he died in a car crash, aged only 33.
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    I remember a strange incident with John Wile on Star Soccer. In a post-match interview he was grumbling about Joe Jordan's dirty playing. The next time they met on the field, Jordan mashed Wile's face in and he had to leave the game. I always thought that it was retribution for the comments he had previously made.

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    Joe Jordan played for Leeds - what else did Wile expect?
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

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    When I was young the local team at our grandparent's town was Walton & Hersham. They were great. They beat Clough and Taylor's Brighton 4-0 in the FA Cup and won the FA Amateur Cup. At that time they were close to being the top non-league side in the country. Dave Basset was among their star players ( along with the great Roger Connell). Unfortunately in 1974 amateur football was abolished but Walton chose not to pay their players. Whilst Walton faded away into mediocrity, their manager and best players moved to Wimbledon. That was the start of Wimbledon moving through the leagues, the Crazy Gang and beating Liverpool to win the FA Cup. All through that period I was thinking that it could have been my local heroes getting all that glory if it hadn't been for a single poor decision.

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    Haha, exactly. Dirty b#stards they were. I once saw them at The Dell. Jack Charlton got roasted by Ron Davies and Bobby Stokes. Funnily enough, the only uncapped player in Leeds team at that time was Joe Jordan.

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    Walton and Hersham were my local team for my entire childhood!!! I was a regular at Stompond Lane. Not very often you hear statements like that!!!!

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    Fantastic. Another Swans fan!

    My parents met at Stompond Lane as they were both members of Walton Athletic Club which was based there. My grandfather was goalkeeper for Hersham before the amalgamation with Walton.

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    This is a small world! I ran for Walton AC for about three years as a junior. I was quite fast once......!

    Been looking into the club's history, sadly it seems Stompond Lane is (or at least won't be) no more. The Swans have apparently moved to the big sports complex in Walton, just above Sunbury Lock, and are sharing with Walton Casuals. Fifty houses going on the old site.

    Feels like the end of an era.
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    I've been thinking who might be available for the Albion hot seat after the dismissal of Alan Pardew. I notice that Mick McCarthy left Ipswich Town before his contract was up, but I'd rather not read anything into that - he's not the sort of manager I'd like to see there.
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    Crikey Robert it is indeed a small world.

    That is very sad news about Stompond Lane. It was one of the best non-league grounds and because of the size of the site it would have coped well with league football.

    Presumably none of the money from the sale of Stompond Lane will come back to the club to enable them to build a new stadium.

    What a shame.

    The Royal George, a few hundred yards up the Hersham Road was my grandfather's watering hole. He would leave every match 5 minutes or so before the end, usually disgruntled, and woe betide anyone who was sitting on his bar stool.

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    I have had the odd beer or two in The Royal George. That's quite a trek though from Stompond Lane! I think it's still going, I haven't been back to my old home patch, not since my parents died.

    The new ground is where the old Elmbridge Leisure Centre used to be. A wasteland, but a nice spot by the river. Casuals seem to be the bigger team these days, I'd be surprised if W&H survived as tenants. Don't know where the money will go. Who's was the old site??

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    His home was on the Molesey Road in Hersham, so a fair hike all round. I haven't been to the area since he died in 1980. I remember it all as it was at that time but I suppose it must be changed beyond recognition now.

    So is the new ground where the indoor swimming pool was in the 60s and 70s?

    I had a root around the internet and according to the Surrey Comet (not the Surrey Herald!) the Council owned Stompond Lane and they used the disposal proceeds to build the new ground at no cost to the tax payer. No mention of where the profits on the disposal went...

    The new football ground seems fitting of W&H's current status but there is a nice looking tartan running track there, so the runners seem to have done okay out of it.

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    I think PNE's recent three narrow losses to Fulham, Derby and Reading and the horrendous crash at Sheffield Wednesday have probably put paid to their hopes of a playoff place this season, despite the two subsequent wins at Leeds and QPR. Although it would be great to see them go up to the Premiership I somehow can't imagine that it would end well for the club...

    Of Aberdeen's craven capitulation to the might of, er, Motherwell in the Scottish Cup, I do not propose to speak!

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