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  1. Sad to hear that former Town winger Brian Redfearn died on Saturday, aged 84. Played for Town between 1961-63. Also father of Neil Redfearn, who also played for Town some forty years later.
  2. The league table doesn't lie. The title is ours to lose!
  3. What was your uncle's name? I have some reserve team ledgers here from the Fifties.
  4. Colours of Halifax Dukes Speedway, actually.
  5. Joe McClelland, the first Town manager, 1911 to 1930.
  6. Dave Worthington, before that Joe McClelland!
  7. To help take your mind off all the trauma, can I direct you to this. Roy Vernon only had a loan period at Halifax Town, but he was afforded cult status with Everton, and played in the 1958 World Cup Finals with Wales. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/599106053/blue-dragon?ref=thanks-tweet&fbclid=IwAR1WLnXMZskOZxSBDMjTKz3yKYFrLHXJ2uJeZ4GMc1x1jqLuJQ7oiz24Fps
  8. Shaymus

    Darlington game

    To be honest, I'd be disappointed to be only twelfth man. They way things are at the moment, I fancy a go up front!
  9. Shaymus

    Darlington game

    My Hartlepool programme notes are good to go!
  10. Wilder had us ten minutes from the Football League. Aspin messed up v Cambridge in the SF. Not so much the second leg, but rather the first when we only had a Gregory penalty to show for it.
  11. Please may I use this quote in any forthcoming title?!
  12. Interesting that. If you think that Willie Irvine was skipper, then the game in question must have been on Wednesday, 28 November 1973. Town put out a strong side that day, many of the team having played v Frickley Colliery in the FA Cup the previous Saturday. The line-up was; White, Quinn, Dowling, Kemp, Pickering, Rhodes, McDonald, Ford, Wilkie (Cullen ht), Shanahan, Irvine. Town won 1-0, with sub Cullen getting the goal. The sides met the following Tuesday in the North Midland League Cup, but Irvine didn't play, presumably having left for Great Harwood. Irvine hated his time at Halifax Town, and wasn't very complimentary about manager George Mulhall. In his autobiography, he says, "There'd been a game at York when he accused me of not trying and not earning my money. I flew at him and told him I'd come up here to play for him at half the money I was once on, could have earned huge money in the States in the sunshine and where was this 'lovely' house he'd promised me instead of the shabby dump by the burial ground? I let fly at Mulhall and there and then ended my career. I played for a team without spirit, without heart, without class. In a team like that Pele would have struggled to find life.' When Town played the do-or-die last game at Walsall, Mulhall had told Irvine he wanted him at the match, even though he wasn't selected to play. Irvine instead went and played in John Angus' testimonial at Burnley. He remained at the club the following season, clearly into November.
  13. I think you're on about the same match. The Lincoln game had been postponed a couple of times, and even though neither team could qualify, the game had to be played. The two clubs hastily arranged it on a Tuesday afternoon - Shrove Tuesday 11 Feb 1986 - and the pitch was covered in snow. The sides drew 1-1. I wasn't aware the game had taken place until the following day. Official attendance was given as 150 but the Courier reporter noted about 120.
  14. BILCLIFF, Bernard Born: Ecclesfield, Sheffield, 6 June 1904. Died: Wortley, 1955. Height: 5ft 11in Weight: 11st 10lb. Halifax Town debut: v Hartlepools United (h), Division Three (North), 30 August 1930. Won 3-1. Career: Chapeltown Primitives; Chesterfield 1925; Scarborough cs 1929; Halifax Town 14 May 1930; Shelbourne cs 1932. Bernard Bilcliff was one of a great line of Halifax Town goalkeepers, a successor to Cliff Binns who had been sold to Blackburn Rovers. He began his career with his local Chapeltown Primitives side before joining the groundstaff at Chesterfield. He understudied Arnold Birch, on whose recommndation the Spireites signed him, and made his League debut in a 5-2 victory over Hartlepools United on 30 January 1925. He went on to succeed Birch as first choice keeper and took his tally to 60 League appearances for the club. Bilcliff in turn lost his position to Bill Dolman and was released by the club whereupon he joined Midland League side Scunthorpe United. He brought confidence to the back line and in what turned out to be a memorable first season with the Iron, his new club were crowned champions, with Bilcliff appearing in 48 of the fifty matches. Bilcliff was then signed by outgoing Halifax Town manager Joe McClelland and went on to become a favourite with the supporters, despite some indifferent form. In his first season at The Shay he missed just one match through injury and often performed wonders between the sticks, never more so than in an FA Cup tie where Town triumphed 2-1 at Mansfield Town on 3 December 1930. Set against that were the ten goals he conceded in a League match at Hull City on Boxing Day 1930, Town’s then record defeat, but Bilcliff remained manager Alex Raisbeck’s first choice keeper. He featured prominently during the traumatic 1931-32 season which saw them play a nerve-jangling FA Cup tie at Newark Town, and proved something of a penalty-expert, saving three spot-kicks during his time with the club. However, Bilcliff was unfortunate once more to concede nine goals in a match at Lincoln City on 16 January 1932, his woes compounded by a shoulder injury which kept him out of the side for several weeks. Released at the end of that campaign, Bilcliff then spent a season with League of Ireland side Shelbourne. An iron moulder by trade, he returned to his native Sheffield where he overcame the tragic loss of his first wife a year after they were married. League FA Cup Expunged Total Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls Apps Gls 1930-31 41 0 3 0 0 0 44 0 1931-32 25 0 4 0 1 0 30 0 66 0 7 0 1 0 74 0
  15. Bernard Bilcliff sorting 'em out.
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