Gary James and Peter Barnes Talks – Nov & Dec

Over the coming weeks Peter Barnes and I will be talking at various locations about the biography I have written on Peter. Here’s a brief rundown of the locations and dates, starting with tomorrow night (Tuesday 2nd November 2021):

Tuesday 2nd November – West Yorkshire MCFC Supporters Club (8pm; Morley Cricket Club, Scatcherd Lane Morley, Leeds LS27 0JJ)

Thursday 4th November – Castleton MCFC Supporters Club (7pm; Royle Bowling Club, 958 Manchester Road, Castleton, OL11 2TL)

Monday 8th November – Denton, plus Haughton Green, branches of the MCFC Supporters Club (Denton Conservative Club, 45 Manchester Rd, Denton, M34 2AF)

Thursday 11th November – Abbey Hey MCFC Supporters Club

Tuesday 16th November – Orrell MCFC Supporters Club (7.30pm)

Friday 19th November – Ashton under Lyne MCFC Supporters Club

Friday 26th November – Stretford & Urmston MCFC Supporters Club

Thursday 2nd December – Warrington MCFC Supporters Club

Monday 13th December – Wilmslow MCFC Supporters Club

Monday 20th December – Irlam MCFC Supporters Club

At each talk/evening we’ll be selling the book at a discounted price of £15 (cash only) and we will, of course, sign copies for those in attendance. Obviously, our diaries are pretty full with events and other activities but if you are interested in myself and where possible Peter talking about the book at your event then please contact me with details and we’ll see what we can do: gary@GJFootballArchive.com

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Historic Name That Ground – Week 20

This is a tough, grimy one but can you name the latest ‘Historic Name That Ground’? If you’ve not seen this feature before then each week for the last 18 weeks I’ve been posting an image of a football ground taken in the past and you can see if you can recognise the ground. Some will be easy, others not so. You’ll be able to post your view in comments at the bottom of each page.

On Friday I’ll post the answer. So here goes….

Can you name the ground featured in the image above? Believe it or not this image is from the 1960s. I’ve had to obliterate something from above the door that would’ve given the ground away. As always, answer on Friday.

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I had planned to run ‘Historic Name That Ground’ only during the close season as in previous years, but it’s proving of interest so I’ll keep it going for a little while yet. If you have an old image of a ground that you think it’d be worth including in this weekly quiz then please get in touch. They don’t have to be from the 1900s to 1960s – even ground images from the 70s and 80s may prove a challenge to identify these days. You can email me at gary@GJFootballArchive.com Thanks.

Andy Morrison – On This Day

A flash back to this date in 1998 and the debut of an influential figure in MCFC history…

Manchester City’s first ever third tier season had been one of struggle so far prompting manager Joe Royle to search for changes. He brought in loan signings Michael Branch and Andy Morrison and they made impressive debuts at home to Colchester. The game had been goalless at half time – and City had been booed off! – but substitute Ian Bishop brought some drive to the team in the second half. In the 49th minute Horlock netted a penalty and four minutes later his corner was headed home by Morrison for a debut day goal. Colchester scored a consolation via Jason Dozzell but it was Morrison who ended the day the happiest. Royle: “Morrison was strong-willed and proved a good passer. And at least we have someone who talks at the back!”  A week later the Blues made Morrison’s move a permanent one, signing him for £80,000.

Morrison continued to impress in the next game, a 3-0 victory over near neighbours Oldham. Kevin Horlock was actually the star man, scoring twice in the first half, with Morrison netting a volley for the third. Royle was happy with the win but not the specifics of the match: “We were nowhere near our best but we scored three terrific goals, had one disallowed, hit the bar and didn’t get a blatant penalty so I can’t be disappointed.”

The Blues were now up to fifth and there was a feeling that a corner had been turned – but the season had many twists to come yet!

Match stats: 31 Oct 1998 Colchester United (H) W 2-1 Horlock (pen), Morrison   Attendance 24,820

Historic Name That Ground – Week 19 Answer

I said on Monday that this was a tough one but did you work out where the latest ‘Historic Name That Ground’ was? I explained that the image is from the early 1900s and this ground is not the current ground – in fact the club who played here have had 3 official grounds since this one! The answer is:

Queen’s Park Rangers’ ground. This was the Royal Agricultural Society’s Park Royal site and Rangers played here from 1904 (when this photo was taken) to 1907. After that they played at another Park Royal site (1907-1917) before moving to Loftus Road (1917-1931; 1933-1962 & since 1963) & White City (1931-33 & 1962-63).

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I had planned to run ‘Historic Name That Ground’ only during the close season as in previous years, but it’s proving of interest so I’ll keep it going for a little while yet. If you have an old image of a ground that you think it’d be worth including in this weekly quiz then please get in touch. They don’t have to be from the 1900s to 1960s – even ground images from the 70s and 80s may prove a challenge to identify these days. You can email me at gary@GJFootballArchive.com Thanks.

Via Del Calcio – Anyone Know Why?

Recently I’ve been to Italy and spotted in Lucca a street called Via Del Calcio. The researcher and historian in me immediately wanted to know why. Sadly, I wasn’t in Lucca long enough to consult the local archives but I’m hoping someone out there does have the answer.

Calcio, for those wondering why I’m interested, means football, so this suggests the street used to be known for football or was named that way after a significant football related event or activity.

I’ve not yet researched the history of calico in Lucca but if anyone has or does have detailed knowledge I’d be keen to hear from them. You can post any comments in the comments area below or email me at gary@GJFootballArchive.com

I’d love to get a definitive answer. Thanks.

Historic Name That Ground – Week 19

This is a tough one but can you name the latest ‘Historic Name That Ground’? If you’ve not seen this feature before then each week for the last 18 weeks I’ve been posting an image of a football ground taken in the past and you can see if you can recognise the ground. Some will be easy, others not so. You’ll be able to post your view in comments at the bottom of each page.

On Friday I’ll post the answer. So here goes….

Can you name the ground featured in the image above? You may need to be a fan of this club, or someone with a strong interest in the history of football grounds, to know of this ground. The image is from the early 1900s and this ground is not the current ground – in fact they’ve had 3 official grounds since this one! I know it’s a tough one. As always, answer on Friday.

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I had planned to run ‘Historic Name That Ground’ only during the close season as in previous years, but it’s proving of interest so I’ll keep it going for a little while yet. If you have an old image of a ground that you think it’d be worth including in this weekly quiz then please get in touch. They don’t have to be from the 1900s to 1960s – even ground images from the 70s and 80s may prove a challenge to identify these days. You can email me at gary@GJFootballArchive.com Thanks.

Historic Name That Ground – Week 18 Answer

Here’s the answer to the latest ‘Historic Name That Ground’. On Monday, as usual, I asked: ‘Can you name the ground featured in the image above?’ I added: ‘I haven’t got a specific date but I think it’s about 1950. It’s certainly before 1953 (clue).’ The answer is:

Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane. This was taken in the days the ground was still a cricket venue. I said the image was before 1953 and I know a few people thought I was making some reference to the cricket, but I was actually refering to the fact that the ground had floodlights installed in 1953.

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If you have an old image of a ground that you think it’d be worth including in this weekly quiz then please get in touch. They don’t have to be from the 1900s to 1960s – even ground images from the 70s and 80s may prove a challenge to identify these days. You can email me at gary@GJFootballArchive.com Thanks.

Historic Name That Ground – Week 18

The latest ‘Historic Name That Ground’… If you’ve not seen this feature before then each week for the last 17 weeks I’ve been posting an image of a football ground taken in the past and you can see if you can recognise the ground. Some will be easy, others not so. You’ll be able to post your view in comments at the bottom of each page.

On Friday I’ll post the answer. So here goes….

Can you name the ground featured in the image above? I haven’t got a specific date but I think it’s about 1950. It’s certainly before 1953 (clue).

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I had planned to run ‘Historic Name That Ground’ only during the close season as in previous years, but it’s proving of interest so I’ll keep it going for a little while yet. If you have an old image of a ground that you think it’d be worth including in this weekly quiz then please get in touch. They don’t have to be from the 1900s to 1960s – even ground images from the 70s and 80s may prove a challenge to identify these days. You can email me at gary@GJFootballArchive.com Thanks.

Historic Name That Ground – Week 17 Answer

Well, did you get the latest ‘Historic Name That Ground’… On Monday I asked ‘Can you name the ground featured in the image above? This was taken in the 1950s.’ The ground is…

Bolton Wanderers’ old Burnden Park Stadium, seen in 1952. Years later they build a Co-op store on part of that end and I remember standing there (on the terracing, not in the Co-op!) for the Nat Lofthouse Testimonial in August 1989. My first book had come out that year and as I was stood waiting for the game to start I heard a bloke in front of me say to his mate: ‘Have you seen that new book that’s come out on City?’

Immediately, my ears pricked up. This was the first time I’d overheard anyone talking about one of my books and couldn’t wait to hear what he said. His mate replied: ‘no, not seen it. I’ll have a look.’

First bloke replied: ‘I wouldn’t bother. It’s sh*t!’

Since then I’ve always been somewhat grounded about my writing and books!

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I had planned to run ‘Historic Name That Ground’ only during the close season as in previous years, but it’s proving of interest so I’ll keep it going for a little while yet. If you have an old image of a ground that you think it’d be worth including in this weekly quiz then please get in touch. They don’t have to be from the 1900s to 1960s – even ground images from the 70s and 80s may prove a challenge to identify these days. You can email me at gary@GJFootballArchive.com Thanks.