Happy Saturday, fellow U’s and a warm late January welcome to the Red Devils from England’s second airport town(I think). Following a tough little bout with some Bantams last weekend and then a washout in the Coronation Street wastelands it’s back again to cementing our place at the top of L2.
In popping back down Cut Throat Lane it is inevitable in our anniversary year that we should revisit the 1970/71 season again and spying my fixture list I see that on 30 January 1971 we entertained the Bluebirds from Barrow, as indeed we have already done this season. This was our fifteenth home league outing of that inaugural season, bearing in mind two points for a win in them there days, the previous fourteen home fixtures had seen us garner seventeen points in all which probably tells you in itself our first season in the Football League was not going to end in promotion. The result that day was perhaps typical of the season as a whole, an entertaining 3-3 draw hosting opposition who were destined to finish bottom of division four that season having only been relegated from division three the previous season. They finished 22nd(out of 24) the following season and regrettably for them were voted out of the Football League by their brothers and sisters, replaced by Hereford Utd. To return just 48 years later. I’m sure it was worth the wait!
Back to the game 49 years ago in front of a poor crowd of 3,803 and Bill Cassidy, Jim White and an own goal from Barrow striker Eddie Garbett. I assume he must have been in the wrong place at the wrong time at a corner. Anybody remember? We had in fact been unbeaten since Boxing Day when we got turned over at eventual champions Notts County in front of nearly 16,000.
Today’s sepia-tinted programme follows the INTO THE LEAGUE format visited here before with all the usual features and by now the Black & Amber Shop seems to be open for business. And a rare away win on our previous outing at Stockport to celebrate. To think just a little more than six years later we would clinch promotion(again) at Edgeley Park on a Friday night under the magical tutelage of a certain R.F. Atkinson.
Finally, for all you cricket fans out there, it was on this day in 1883 at the SCG that the Aussies were presented by the touring England team with the ashes of a bail following another thrashing. The rest as they say is history. Enjoy the game and stay safe.
Bye for now,