Evening, campers and a warm welcome to one of the Latics teams from Lancashire. It’s been a while since we last met you know, 5 March 2002 to be precise. The 4-1 thrashing we endured that day at what was then the JJB Stadium was probably a decent portent of how life at CUFC was going to unfurl in the next three years or so.
Enough of that misery. Let’s travel back to this day in 1996 when we entertained the O’s in an old division three fixture. Interesting programme and just £1.50 for 32 pages. All your old favourites in there including “Memories” which no doubt could have been an inspiration for this feature. Roy Mac has just joined as manager after the Tommy Taylor affair and we have just scraped through against Welling in the FA Cup. It’s easy to forget isn’t it how long it can take to assemble a promotion-winning has taken the squad although there is probably some context to how long it has taken the existing incumbent to round this lot up and having a good old crack at the division above, in what 18 months?
The Orient squad line up was interesting in those days…. Scott McGleish, an old foe Carl Griffiths and Alvin Martin. I don’t remember him being there? And another Martin for your delectation, Ling. Remember him! Anyway we won 2-0 in front of 4,360 to keep up a good record v the O’s which to this day shows us on 21 wins v 14 in our favour since we first met in 1978. One final thing, and I can’t let this pass, our very own DMJ has a page in the programme. If that teaches you anything then don’t get involved deeply with your football club if you want to preserve your looks and youth!
Finally, on 23 November 1961 one Merv ‘the swerve’ Hughes was born in Victoria. As some of us cricket-lovers anticipate the start of the Ashes next month, bit of a thorn in our side this guy and infamous for taking the art of “mental disintegration” aka sledging to a new level in his time. Took 212 Test wickets at an average of 28 before retiring in 1994 and now makes his money leading cricket tours for Aussies around the cricket world.
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