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Re: These you have loved!

By ChrisHFC28/4/2017 15:54Fri Apr 28 15:54:56 2017In response to Re: These you have loved!

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Bob Chambers is correct - he played in tthe 1955-56 season, having reputedly been on WBA's books, though not gaining Football League experience with them.

Fairly recently I saw a copy of an interview Mike Pinner gave shortly after leaving us to join Leyton Orient in 1962. In it, he said that he had not enjoyed his time with us, finding it difficult at times to concentrate because of the slowness and inaccuracy of play compared to what he was used to when playing for the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea, and others in the then First Division.

I've never thought that we saw the best of Mike Pinner, despite his gaining 9 England amateur caps during his time with us.

Like Richhend, I think that Malcolm Dalrymple deserves a mention for his performances in the mid 1970s. He was certainly popular with the fans.

One other 'old-timer' should be mentioned, though he was only with us for half a season, joining from Uxbridge in December 1960 and returning there during the summer of 1961. This is Bill Farlam, who to my knowledge was never capped, but who at the time was rated by most good judges of English amateur football as being "the best amateur goalkeeper in England, bar none". His performances for us made more impression on this then 15-year-old than anything Mike Pinner did for us.

However, like anything of this nature, this is all subjective, and everyone will have their own opinions.

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