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  1. Kiwomya, my Lord

    He didn't like Bamber Bridge, though, on a cold Tuesday night.
  2. Kiwomya, my Lord

    He was a crowd favourite in 1994-95. Brought back by George Mulhall as a bit-part player when Town won the Conference. 
  3. Does anyone know.....

    Twelve plus one in the final.
  4. Realistic Expectations.

    Fullarton's pre-season garb about playing football, players expressing themselves, attacking style, loads of new signings from his contact book, full-time training (amounts to three days a week instead of two, it turns out). I came down with a mixture of curiosity and mouth-watering excitement. At least I thought my realistic expectation was of entertaining football, with a few wins on the way. Mmm, still waiting. As for today, Town had two golden opportunities against what appeared a dodgy Wimbledon defence in the first half. Once the goal went in (if you don't buy a ticket...) Town had little answer. Therein lies part of Fullarton's problem. How to change things with the personnel at his disposal. I don't think Leocock-McLeod is the answer, but certainly no worse than some of the others (Preston, Odelusi, Lenighan, Staunton, Maher, Edwards, to name but five).   
  5. McCloed

    I think his first touch was the re-start after the third goal. Ran straight down the middle, won a free-kick and fell over, either showcasing himself in front of the TV cameras for a Premier League club to come in for him, or the upcoming Dancing On Ice.
  6. McCloed

    You're forgetting Town's goal!
  7. Sub coming on ref

    Correct, and only beaten by a deflected (Harry Bassett) Johnny Giles shot in the replay at Selhurst Park.
  8. Today's Game

    A few questions from today and through the season; Why does Jacob Hanson always throw the ball to the opposition? Why does Jordan Preston always look busy but actually contributes very little and is constantly losing the ball? Why does the manager believe that Dayle Southwell is the man who's going to hold the ball up until the cavalry arrives? He's far too light-weight Why does the manager play two holding midfield players; surely one is enough? The system has been played to death by the manager, but nothing is changing; why do you think that Fullarton still believes it's the way forward? If Fullarton claimed that the players would be allowed to express themselves this season (a statement which drew me down to The Shay this season, out of curiosity and anticipation), which players, bar Kosylo, do you think are actually doing this? All-in-all, I think Fullarton's recruitment has been very poor, and given that he's signed these players, he doesn't seem to use them properly and/or doesn't trust them. Kosylo is our most gifted player, yet it's probably fair to say that if he hadn't changed his work pattern and be available for full training sessions, he wouldn't be playing such a major role. All this full-time/part-time nonsense. If a player's good enough, he should be playing. I really can't see what this 'full-time' model is giving us. Players seem devoid of ideas (particularly in the second half of matches) and that is either down to fitness or confidence, or a bit of both. For those that think Fullarton is the right man and will get things right, then I suggest you look at the form table, and then the league table. Five points off the drop zone, and the side still don't look anywhere near putting the frighteners on anyone. Johnson, Brown, Clarke, Hanson, Kosylo, and of late, King, are the only ones I would want to keep out of this crazy bunch of never-have-beens and never-wills. 
  9. Today's Game

    Well, you and I know it's 4-5-1 - and a massive gap between the 1.
  10. Sub coming on ref

    We could hear him perfectly from the East Stand. As soon as he pointed Horsfield out, all eyes turned in Geoff's direction.
  11. Sub coming on ref

    Who once saved a Peter Lorimer penalty. 
  12. Today's Game

    Where does the one guy up front fit into this 4-3-3?
  13. Kossy

    He did right to have a go. The alternative was to pass it to Southwell. What would you do?
  14. Willie Carlin

    Came on his own, one Thursday morning, with his wife. 24 November 1983. Mickey Bullock had been trying to get him for a while, but Torquay were asking too much earlier in the season. We got him on a free in the end. I was there the morning he arrived. The previous night I'd been at the Sporting Club for a 'big night out' hosted by Kenny Carter, which had everything you could hope for - music, comedy, get my drift?! Anyway, the steward was Mick Jowett, and Alun 'Taffy' Evans was doorman. I ended up sleeping on the floor in a sleeping bag. Helped clear up in the morning when Alan Little came to sign. His wife sat alone in the car. Mick Jowett sent me out with a coffee for her while she waited. I tapped on her window and handed it to her. I often wonder what she must have thought, because I'd be thinking 'What a homely little club." Wish I could say the same today.  Anyway, of Alan Little, many of his team mates referred to him as the hardest player they'd ever played alongside, and that includes the likes of Billy Ayre. A real battler, but the years weren't successful. It was even worse when he came back as manager. The he had his illness, and Redfearn took over. Alan Little, a Shayman none the less. 
  15. Willie Carlin

    No! He came from Liverpool, where he'd been stuck in the reserves. Brian Little never played for Town, though his brother Alan did twenty years after Carlin had left. Here's my profile of Carlin; CARLIN, William   Inside-forward   Born: Liverpool 6 October 1940   Height: 5ft 4in   Weight: 9st 5lb   Halifax Town debut; v Wrexham (h), Division Three, 25 August 1962. Won 2-0.   Career: Liverpool junior, professional May 1958; Halifax Town 23 August 1962 (fee); Carlisle United 27 October 1964; Sheffield United 19 September 1967 (£40,000); Derby County August 1968; Leicester City 17 October 1970 (£40,000); Notts County September 1971; Cardiff City on loan 23 November 1973.       Willie Carlin once stated that signing for Halifax Town was the worst mistake he ever made in football, though in truth it was probably the making of him. For though Town struggled and were relegated in his first season, Carlin did at least get the chance to demonstrate his obvious skills. Despite standing only 5ft 4in, he was a tenacious inside forward of zeal and craft, with a steely resolve that meant he was never afraid to go in where it hurts. How the fans loved him, and he remains in the eyes of many, the best player Halifax Town ever had.   Carlin came through the junior ranks at Liverpool, then managed by Phil Taylor, but despite making appearances for England at schoolboy and youth levels, he managed only one senior outing with the Reds, a 1-1 draw at Stoke City on 17 October 1959.   Seeking first team football, Carlin made the switch to Third Division Halifax Town in August 1962 and came under the tutelage of coach Don McEvoy. He featured alongside the likes of Alex South, Barry Tait and Dennis Fidler, but despite appearing in 37 League matches in his first season, Carlin couldn’t halt the side’s slide into the Fourth Division. Carlin netted just two goals that term, but in the Fourth Division he found things easier, and finished 1963-64 as top scorer, proving something of a talisman as the Shaymen enjoyed a seven-match winning streak during a run of eleven unbeaten matches. But frustrated at the lack of success, Carlin handed in a transfer request and finally moved to Carlisle United in October 1964 where he pursued a career which would see him play in all four divisions. Carlisle boss Ron Ashman, who had just sold Hugh McIlmore to Wolves, paid a club record for Carlin’s services, saying, “£10,000 well spent, just wait and see,” and Carlin became an instant hit, helping the club to the Third Division championship within his first year. A broken leg early the following term hindered his and Carlisle’s progress, but he recovered to help the club consolidate in fourteenth place and the following term, the club astounded the sceptics by finishing third, just missing out on promotion to the top flight. Carlin made 93 League appearances and scored 21 goals during his time at Brunton Park. But he wasn’t to be denied First Division football. Sheffield United manager John Harris was keen to bring Carlin to Bramall Lane and early into the 1967-68 campaign, Carlin joined the Blades for £40,000, though his one season there ended in relegation with Carlin having made 36 League appearances and scoring three goals. But his talents had grabbed the attention of Derby County manager Brian Clough who was about to shake up the Baseball Ground club. Carlin joined the Rams for a fee of £63,000 in August 1968 and along with the legendary Dave Mackay, helped galvanise the club, as Clough steered Derby to the Second Division championship in 1968-69. Carlin made 36 League appearances that term and scored eight goals, and the following season he played in all but two of Derby’s League matches as well as being a member of the Derby County side which clinched the first ever Watney Cup, defeating Manchester United 4-1 in the final on 8 August 1970. In total, Carlin made 89 League appearances for Derby and scored 14 goals.   More success followed Carlin when he switched to Leicester City under Frank O’Farrell in October 1970, making 31 League appearances and scoring one goal that term to help the Foxes to promotion in his first season. Carlin then dropped into the Third Division with Notts County, and though his new club just missed out on promotion in his first season, the following term Carlin recovered from ankle ligament trouble to help steer County to promotion as runners-up to Bolton Wanderers.    In 1973-74 Carlin made just one League appearance for County before succumbing to injury and having lost his place in the side, he was loaned out to Cardiff City that November, making the move permanent the following month and inspiring the side’s pull away from the relegation zone.   Carlin retired at the end of that season having made 22 League appearances and scoring one goal, and he moved to Majorca, where he ran a bar and restaurant at Cala Bona for a time, before returning to England. He now regularly attends matches at Derby County.