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Thread: Big Jim Eadie

  1. #31

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vindec View Post
    By far the best City team I have seen in my 60 years as a supporter. The Clark/Toshack strike partnership was better than anything else around at the time. We will never see anything like it again.
    Yes, my favourite City team too (with Peter King). The only weak link and probably the most derided player was Ronnie Bird but he had a great shot on him and was the best penalty taker we've ever had.

    On their day, they were almost unplayable in our division. Toshack got on the end of every cross in the air and no opposing centre half could deal with him. With a little investment and retaining Toshack, the old First Division would have beckoned but alas we had to wait another 40 odd years for that 'privilege'.

  2. #32

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    Yes, my favourite City team too (with Peter King). The only weak link and probably the most derided player was Ronnie Bird but he had a great shot on him and was the best penalty taker we've ever had.

    On their day, they were almost unplayable in our division. Toshack got on the end of every cross in the air and no opposing centre half could deal with him. With a little investment and retaining Toshack, the old First Division would have beckoned but alas we had to wait another 40 odd years for that 'privilege'.
    Don't forget Dave Carver. Much derided by those around me but the best crosser of bll we have ever had.

  3. #33

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vindec View Post
    Don't forget Dave Carver. Much derided by those around me but the best crosser of bll we have ever had.
    Who of course asked me to keep an eye on his boots (in a brown paper bag I recall) in the players lounge after a game when I was young.

    I didn't know who he was until my Dad pointed him out to me.

  4. #34

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vindec View Post
    Don't forget Dave Carver. Much derided by those around me but the best crosser of bll we have ever had.
    I've got a great Dave Carver memory that is as clear today as it was then. At the time we used to stand in the bob bank, slightly lower down from the camera tower. An older guy was always in the same vicinity and he seemed to have a permanent scowl on his face. Poor old Dave Carver was not the most elegant or athletic of players and boy did he come in for some stick from Mr Happy if he was have a bit of a mare or generally under-performing. He would bellow the same thing week after week. "Carver, you are like a baby carthorse!" Poor Dave ! To be fair, he was a safe if unspectacular player but for all that he will still be part of my favourite ever City team.

  5. #35

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    Apart from making sure I didn't get filled in and seeing Ronnie Bird actually miss a penalty, the main memory I have of the Swansea v City Welsh Cup Semi Final replay at the Vetch in 1970 was the competition me and my mates set whereby we predicted how many times Dave Carver would boot the ball out of the ground during the ninety minutes. I said two, but had already lost by the time the match went into extra time - think it was five in the end .

  6. #36

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    Quote Originally Posted by the other bob wilson View Post
    Apart from making sure I didn't get filled in and seeing Ronnie Bird actually miss a penalty, the main memory I have of the Swansea v City Welsh Cup Semi Final replay at the Vetch in 1970 was the competition me and my mates set whereby we predicted how many times Dave Carver would boot the ball out of the ground during the ninety minutes. I said two, but had already lost by the time the match went into extra time - think it was five in the end .
    You couldn't get two full backs as dissimilar as Carver and Bell but most of the time it worked well. In hindsight, a little bit surprising that no interest was shown by bigger clubs in acquiring Gary Bell.

  7. #37

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    You couldn't get two full backs as dissimilar as Carver and Bell but most of the time it worked well. In hindsight, a little bit surprising that no interest was shown by bigger clubs in acquiring Gary Bell.
    A good player who I think we acquired from non league football.

  8. #38

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vindec View Post
    A good player who I think we acquired from non league football.
    Started off with the famous Lower Gornal Athletic. I think we got George Andrews from them as well.

  9. #39

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    You couldn't get two full backs as dissimilar as Carver and Bell but most of the time it worked well. In hindsight, a little bit surprising that no interest was shown by bigger clubs in acquiring Gary Bell.
    Yeah, I always rated Gary Bell, despite me only being 10 when he left the club 🙈

    I never realised that he then went on to play 126 games for Newport County :-0

  10. #40

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Dandruff View Post
    Yeah, I always rated Gary Bell, despite me only being 10 when he left the club 🙈

    I never realised that he then went on to play 126 games for Newport County :-0

    Even more surprising, he was only 27 when he left us for Cwnty.

  11. #41

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyncoed Slumdog View Post
    Started off with the famous Lower Gornal Athletic. I think we got George Andrews from them as well.
    We certainly did and what a cracking pair of sideboards

  12. #42

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodybluebird View Post
    Even more surprising, he was only 27 when he left us for Cwnty.
    That IS odd.

    I wonder who took over from him?

  13. #43

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobby Dandruff View Post
    That IS odd.

    I wonder who took over from him?
    Freddie Pethard and then Clive Charles. I can remember Gary Bell being talked of as an outside bet for a place in the England squad for the 1970 World Cup. That.was probably the local media going over the top, but it does give an idea of how well he was playing at one time, so for him to be leaving for a Fourth division club on a free at 27 a few years later shows how far his form must have dropped. City's early seventies decline coincided exactly with the thirty five year old Brian Harris leaving to become County's player manager in the summer of 1971 - Harris was a huge influence and Don Murray was never the same player after that and it seems the same applied to Bell as well, while Dave Carver only lasted another season or so before he was replaced by Phil Dwyer.

  14. #44

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    My clouded memory tells me that Gary Bell was originally signed as a winger, or am I imagining it?

  15. #45

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    Quote Originally Posted by splott parker View Post
    My clouded memory tells me that Gary Bell was originally signed as a winger, or am I imagining it?
    You're right, I'm sure he was a left winger.

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