One for Ken
I bought my wife a book of nostalgia for Alison’s 60th birthday and it was made up of articles from the Daily Mirror and Sunday Pictorial newspapers from the day of her birth on 28th Feb 1962.
Included were a few sports pages with these mentioning the Boro. I wonder if you remember the 2-2 draw with Shrewsbury in the FA Cup, Ken.
Not looking good at the bottom of Division 2.
I was at the replay against Shrewsbury which Boro won 5-1 and also at Ewood Park for the 5th Round against 1st Division side Blackburn which Boro lost 1-2. In the League Boro were 18th with 3 matches remaining, but they won all 3 to finish 12th. Incidentally Arthur Rowley, Shrewsbury’s player-manager at the time scored a total of 463 goals in 670 appearances, the highest number of goals in English football the majority of which with Leicester City. He was the younger brother of Man Utd and England centre forward Jack Rowley.
And Leyton Orient were promoted to the First Division as runners up with 54 points, though 8 behind Liverpool who had just spent 8 consecutive seasons in the Second Division following their relegation along with Boro in 1954.
Yes, I do remember Ray Barnard. He played at right fullback from 1951 but occasionally lost his place to Ray Bilcliff who apparently supplemented his income as a refuse collector (bin man) with Middlesbrough Borough Council in the summer months. Quite a different world for some players in those days.
It was definitely a different world, wasn’t it?
FT: Hartlepool United exit the Papa John's Trophy after a 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Rotherham United.