Posted 'high noon bells' Saint George's Day 23rd April 2023
*THERE'S ANLY ONE MAN TO BLAME FOR THE 1974 PITCH INVASION AT SJP!" (Read on!)
Dunston's langest trip of the season woz aalso their last Leegue game and a win and othaa results gannin their way would meen that they would quialify for the play offs for a place In The Northern Premyaa Leegue 1st Divison!
We travelled doon on the packed team bus, which took 3 hours to get to Carlton in deepest Nottinghamshire!
A mad dash to the clubhoose then ensued az we arrived for several 'liquid lubrications' before the '3 bells' start!
There woz an unexpected talk in with an ex Nottingham Forest player who played under Brian Clough in the 1970s caalled George Lyall!
To be honest a'd never hord of him and az he recounted the days under 'Cloughie', aa looked him up on nufc.com to see if he'd ever played against NUFC?
He HAD---and not anly that, he scored the penalty at SJP in the infamous 4-3 FA Cup victory for us in 1974, to put Forest 3-1 up, to cause the pitch invasion from The Leazes End, just after hiz penalty! (ie: HE woz responsible for the pitch invasion!) The players were taken off and Forest agreed to play on az they were 3-1 aheed!----However The Toon scored 3 times and won 4-3!---Forest demanded a replay and got it!
After the talk in, he sat at a table near me and I told him that I woz at that game, which subsequently had to be replayed at Evatin (twice!) and eventually we reached the final at Wembley that year!
A Dunston fan caalled Sue said that hor hubby Les had played for Preston when George Lyall woz there!----He remembered him, to the delight of Sue! (Yi couldnt possibly make aall this up---could yih??)
ANYWAY!---to the match! A disastrous own goal not lang after the start when a Dunston defender cleared off the line, only for it to rebound off Terry Galbraith to put Carlton 1-0 up and Dunston just couldnt get gannin in probably their worst performance of the season!
A 2nd goal near the end through Watson, put paid to The Bad Blue Boys hopes of a play off place (who played in aall red!), but it didnt really matter az other results had went against them and even if they had won 6-0 they still wouldnt have made the play offs! (Boosting Carlton's hopes of avoiding the relegation play offs!)
Never mind there's aalways next season!
Footnote: A REPORT ON NUFCs MASSIVE GAME v SPORZ WILL BE FORTCOMIN' LATER ON!