There is nothing like a break from the twice-weekly drudgery of the League programme, is there? All those pointless away trips and struggles at home in front of a 3-4,000 gate.
Well looking back down the old Cut Throat Lane thoroughfare of memories, just the one fixture on this date sticks out, it is not the FA Cup however it is the little shrews of Salop again, back in 1981 in the old D2 days. A brace from Joe Mayo without reply did the trick - anybody remember “we’ll take more care of you, Joe Mayo, Joe Mayo” to the tune of the old British Airways advert? Just me, it seems!! A crowd of 3,851 attended that day. We went seventh that day (seventh in the CHAMPIONSHIP for younger readers) although we ended up fourteenth at the end of the campaign but respectable enough in what was our fourth season at that level.
Take ya pick for famous birthdays today by the way……..Butch Cassidy, Leonard Cohen, Joe Frazier. Paul Newman gets my vote though, wearer of the Baracuta Harrington jacket. Just cool, peppermint cool.
Bye for now,