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 Post subject: CITY GENTS PART 2
PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:11 pm 
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the story so far....

Arthur Thorpe, who may or may not have played for Ossett Town, has left Bradford City, apparently to join a club from Lincolnshire playing in the West Midlands Regional League; the new manager is an England cricketer, the new chairman makes cuddly toys and England have just won the World Cup.

The manager, Willie Watson left Bradford during the 1967-68 season to take up a cricketing post in South Africa, his replacement is Grenville Hair, the former Leeds player, but he collapses and dies on the training pitch. Bradford then appoint former Reading player James Wheeler as their new manager. Bradford win promotion from Division 4 in 1969, and in 1970 finished 10th. Early in the 1970-71 season, Wheeler gives an 18 year old full back his first team debut v Chesterfield.

CYRIL CASEY MARCEL PODD

Cec Podd was born the Carribean island of St Kitts in 1952. His family moved to Leeds in 1961 and young Cec was a student at Bradford College of Art, he also appeared as an actor at the Leeds Playhouse, but it was football that was to be his career. He made 22 appearances in the 1970-71 season as City avoided relegation. In 1971, City sign former Everton & England World Cup star Ray Wilson from Oldham, mainly to work as a coach. Wheeler was sacked early in the season and Ray Wilson was caretaker manager, playing his last game in a cup match v Macclesfield. Wilson resigned after that game and went to work in his father in law's undertaker business in Huddersfield. Bradford's new manager was the former Bolton defender, Bryan Edwards. City are relegated. Ces made 12 appearances, also playing for City was Wingrove Manners, who later played for Ossett Albion, his son Jermaine Manners played for Ossett Town during Brooky's era.

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In 1972-73, Ces made 46 appearances, also turning out for City was Yorkshire cricketer David Bairstow. City finished 16th. In 1973-74, City finished 8th and Ces played 40 games. In 1974-75, City finished 10th, Ces plays 47 games and Bryan Edwards is replaced by former Man City midfielder Bobby Kennedy.

In 1975-76, City finished 17th, Ces played in 53 games; but it was in the FA Cup that City make the headlines, reaching the Quarter Finals after wining at Division 1 Norwich City. They lose to Southampton, who go on to win the cup, beating Man United at Wembley.

City win promotion in 1976-77, with Ces playing 46 games and scoring his first ever goal.

In 1977-78, City are relegated straight back to Division 4. Kennedy is replaced by former City player and Northern Ireland cap, John Napier. Ces plays 39 games. In 1978, City sign Leeds & England right back, Paul Reaney, but he doesn't play all that often and Ces still makes 45 appearances. Napier is replaced by former Halifax boss George Mulhall. Also playing for City in the 1978-79 season is Tibor Szabo, who later plays for both Ossett clubs.

In 1979-80, City finish 5th and Ces plays 45 games, scoring once.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:37 pm 
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In 1980-81, City played Liverpool in the League Cup. City win the first leg 1-0, but lose 0-4 at Anfield. Ces is awarded a testimonial, played against the Black All Stars, a team made of top players like Cyrille Regis, Viv Anderson, Garth Crooks etc. City finished 14th and Ces plays 39 games. The PFA select Ces for their Division 4 team of the season. Also on City's books this season was Karl Lenaghan, though he never played in the first team due to Neil Ramsbottom and Steve Smith being the usual keepers that season. Also an apprentice at City at that time was Stuart McCall, the Scotland international.

For the 1981-82 season, Mulhall is replaced by Derby & England defender Roy McFarland. Early in the season, City hold UEFA Cup winners Ipswich Town to a draw, but lose the replay. City win promotion back to Division 3 and City's top scorer Bobby Campbell has his sine die ban from the Irish FA lifted and he is selected for Northern Ireland's World Cup squad for Spain. Ces played 57 games and is again selected for the PFA's Division 4 team of the season.

Early in the 1982-83 season, McFarland returns to Derby and his replacement is Trevor Cherry, the Leeds & England defender. Again, in the League Cup, City do well, holding Man United to a draw, before losing the replay at Old Trafford. Ces passes Ian Cooper's record appearances for Bradford City, ending the season with 47 games, scoring once.

Off the field, Bradford City (1908) Ltd was wound up and replaced by Bradford City (1983) Ltd. Former chairman Stafford Hegginbotham returned as chairman, Jack Tordoff also returned as director and former striker Alan Gilliver was appointed stadium manager.

In 1983-84, City won 10 consecutive games and finished 7th. Cec plays 36 games, scoring once. He leaves Valley Parade, having played a club record 574 games.

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In 1984, Cec is signed for Halifax Town by Micky Bullock. Early in the season, Bullock is sacked and replaced by former Peterborough defender, Mick Jones. Halifax end the season in 21st and seek re-election. Ces plays 48 games. Top scorer is Simon Lowe, the former Ossett Town striker, with 12 goals. Also playing for Halifax this season is John Francis, he plays a few games then leaves for Emley.

In 1985-86, Jones signs Phil Brown (the current Southend manager) to play at right back. Ces plays 18 games. Also playing for Halifax was the ill fated David Longhurst, while Tim Hotte and Paul Fleming were to later play for Ossett Town. Halifax finish in 20th.

Cec joins Scarborough in 1986. Scarborough play in the newly renamed GM Vauxhall Conference and the Football League have just scrapped the re-election system, bringing in automatic promotion (subject to ground grading). Scarborough had just sacked the long serving Harry Dunn and replaced him with Burton Albion manager Neil Warnock. Ces plays in 42 games, scoring once as Scarborough become the first ever club to win automatic promotion to the Football League. Also playing for Scarborough that season, were Tommy Graham and Neil Sellers who later played for Ossett Town, Steve Richards later managed Ossett Town. Scarborough replaced Lincoln City, whose caretaker manager, Peter Daniel, also later managed Ossett Town.

Ces picks up a knee injury and plays only 3 games in Scarborough's first ever Football League campaign, his last game was in February against Tranmere Rovers. Scarborough finished 12th, playing for Scarborough were Steve Richards, Tommy Graham, Simon Lowe and former Ossett Albion striker Gary Brook. Thankfully, Warnock spared the Scarborough public from playing Simon and Brooky together, that would have officially been the Football League's slowest ever forward line.

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In 1988, Cec linked up again with Bullock here at Ingfield. Cec played in most of the games over the next 2 years in a midfield role alongside Neil Sellers. His day job was at Leeds United in their community relations programme, he also had a sideline in showcasing local youngsters in a series of friendly matches against League and Non League clubs for his Carribean XI team, some of whom later played for Ossett Town.

Later he was manager of Eccleshill United and Tadcaster Albion. At Taddy, he amused the NCEL secretary no end by registering over 100 players during the 1993-94 season. Later he worked for Bradford City in their community programme and in 1999 was appointed manager of the St Kitts & Nevis national team, a post he held for 3 years, playing against the likes of Cuba and the Dominican Republic in the Carribean Cup. In more recent times, he has worked as a technical director for St Vincent & Grenadines and also St Lucia, working with former Sheffield United striker Brian Deane.

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TERENCE IAN GRAY

Terry Gray was born in Bradford in 1954. He played mainly as a winger or a forward. Terry played for Yorkshire Grammar Schools and England Schools, he was on Chelsea's books and had trials with Wolves. In 1971-72 he played for England under 18's against Scotland and Wales, he joined Huddersfield Town in 1972 from Leeds Ashley Road.

After Len White had left Huddersfield in 1964-65, Town finished 8th under new boss Tom Johnston, the former Rotherham and Grimsby manager. Town then finished 4th, 6th and then 14th in 1968. Huddersfield also reached the League Cup semi final, losing to Arsenal. Johnston was replaced as manager by former Man United defender Ian Greaves, Town finished 6th in 1969. Town won the Division 2 title in 1970. They finished 15th in Division 1 in 1971, but were relegated in 1972. Town sold Frank Worthington to Leicester and Trevor Cherry and Roy Ellam to Leeds. Greaves remained in charge for the 1972-73 season, but Town were relegated to Division 3 for the first ever time.

Greaves was still in charge for the 1973-74 season. He gave Terry his debut at Southend, Town losing 2-5. Terry made 15 appearances, scoring 1 goal. Town finished 10th. Also playing for Town was John Dungworth, who also later played for Ossett Town. Greaves left in 1974 and was replaced by former Leeds & Scotland midfielder Bobby Collins.

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The 1974-75 season began with a testimonial match for Town winger Steve Smith against Leeds United. Taking charge of the Leeds team was their new boss Brian Clough. Sitting in the stand for his first ever game of football was a young lad from Ossett called David Peace, his father Basil Peace was a Huddersfield fan. A month later, Huddersfield met Leeds again, this time in the League Cup. The game ended in a draw. This was Clough's last game as Leeds boss, he was sacked later in the week. Again sat in the stand was young David Peace, and an idea for a book and a film was born.

It took Leeds 3 matches to overcome Huddersfield, by that time Jimmy Armfield was appointed manager, which was good news for Ian Greaves, he became the new Bolton manager to replace Armfield.

Town were relegated to Division 4, with Terry playing 35 games scoring 3 goals. One bright spot for Town was their juniors reaching the FA Youth Cup final, losing to Tottenham.

Collins was still in charge for the 1975-76 season, but he was replaced by former boss Tom Johnston, back from York City. Town finished 5th, with Terry Gray top scorer with 19 goals in 36 games. Town's juniors reached the FA Youth Cup semi finals, losing to Ipswich Town. In 1976-77, Terry played in 18 games, scoring 6 goals, Town finished 9th. Also playing for Town was Peter Howey, who also later played for Ossett Town but is better known for his long service to Frickley.

In 1978-79, Tom Johnston was replaced by former Burnley defender Mick Buxton, who had been coaching Southend United, Terry played 27 games, scoring once. Town finished 9th.

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 Post subject: Re: CITY GENTS PART 2
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In 1979, Mick Buxton signed Mick Laverick from Southend, with Terry Gray going the other way. Southend were in Division 3 and were managed by former Burnley wing half David Smith, who had coached at Newcastle and Arsenal, amongst others. Also at Southend were former Burnley strikers Colin Morris and Derrick Parker, Morris later joined Blackpool and played for Scarborough in their first league season, while Derrick later joined Barnsley and spent a season with Ossett Town at the end of his career. Also at Southend was the Dewsbury born winger, Anton Otulakowski, who had played for Trinitarians Boys Club here in Ossett before becoming a full time pro at Barnsley, joining Southend from West Ham. He later played for Millwall, Crystal Palace and Hastings Town before becoming a property developer, he now lives in retirement in the Yorkshire Dales.

Southend beat Bolton in the League Cup, then held West Ham to 2 draws before losing the replay 1-5. West Ham then lost to European Cup winners Nottingham Forest in the Quarter Finals. Later that season, West Ham won the FA Cup, beating Arsenal at Wembley. Southend's involvement in the FA Cup ended after losing to Isthmian League side Harlow Town. Southend were relegated and Terry played 45 games scoring 8 goals. Meanwhile, Huddersfield were Division 4 champions.

In 1980-81, Southend were invincible at Roots Hall, they never lost a game and only conceded 6 goals. Terry Gray scored 17 goals in 48 games and top scorer was Northern Ireland striker Derek Spence with 21 goals as Southend lifted the Division 4 title.

1981-82, Southend finished 7th, Terry scored 5 goals in 29 games, playing alongside him that season was Danny Greaves, son of Tottenham & England legend Jimmy Greaves.

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Terry joined Bradford City in 1982, he scored 10 goals in 50 games and was named Clubman of the Year. In 1983-84, Terry scored 7 goals in 34 games. In 1984-85, Terry played 10 games, scoring once. His last game was against Orient, Trevor Cherry made some changes, moving Greg Abbott into midfield and bringing in Don Goodman up front. Apart from a defeat by Telford in the FA Cup, City never looked back and eventually win the Division 3 title. You know the rest, the 30th anniversary is coming up soon.

Terry meanwhile had left City in October 1984 to sign for Preston North End, also in Division 3. He made his debut in a 3-3 draw with Burnley. All was not well at Deepdale. Preston too were knocked out of the FA Cup by Telford and manager Alan Kelly, the former Preston & Ireland keeper, resigned in February and was replaced by former Manchester City defender Tommy Booth, who appointed Brian Kidd as his assistant. Terry made 15 appearances, scoring once and Preston were relegated to Division 4 for the first time.

In 1985-86, Booth was replaced by Brian Kidd in January, Kidd lasted until March, when former Derby midfielder Jon Clark took over as caretaker until the end of the season. Terry played 30 games, scoring once. His last game was a 0-4 defeat at Aldershot. Preston had to seek re-election for the first time ever after finishing 23rd.

Terry had a trial with Rochdale, but nothing came of that, so he linked up with Micky Bullock, by now in charge of Goole Town in the Northern Premier League. In 1987, Bullock took charge of Ossett Town and Terry and some other Goole players followed him here. Terry stayed with club after Bullock left in 1991, to assist new boss Dave Leadbeater, but Terry left in 1992 and later managed Wibsey in the West Riding County Amateur League.

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Information taken from sources previously mentioned, in addition, I also consulted a book about Scarborough written by Steve Adamson, who was also the secretary of NCEL club Pickering Town when he wrote the book. It was a book that was published during the 1998-99 season, I remember all the Pickering fans looking at the book in their clubhouse before a match with Ossett Town. Needless to say, they all then went out gave dogs abuse to our former Scarborough striker, Gary Brook, who, again needless to say, very happily gave it back. There was also plenty of "witty banter" between the rival supporters, I remember one of their supporters leaning over the front of their main stand and screaming abuse at me, which I was more than happy to reciprocate. Mick Polli was highly amused by all this, afterwards he told us that Ossett Town's first ever match against Pickering back in the 70's ended with Pickering supporters chasing the Ossett players (including Mick himself) back onto the bus and having to get out quick. :mrgreen:

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And that is the end of that. I don't intend doing anything for any player or manager who has been with us in the last 20-25 years or so. There's still one or two bits to do, but again these are more historical stuff.

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what happened to them all?

WILLIE WATSON stayed in South Africa and died there in 2004. JAMES WHEELER appears to have left football all together after his sacking by Bradford City. RAY WILSON had no further involvement in football, apart from a brief appearance in a charity game between the 1966 England and West Germany teams in 1985 at Elland Road to raise money for the Bradford fire. Ray's son Neil played briefly with Emley. BRYAN EDWARDS worked for Huddersfield and Leeds, returning to City in 1977 to work as assistant manager, then coach and physio, leaving in 1986. BOBBY KENNEDY later coached Blackburn Rovers. JOHN NAPIER had been in the USA, before taking over as City manager, he later coached Philadelphia Fury. PAUL REANEY later played in Australia, returning to Yorkshire and doing some coaching around the Leeds area, still goes to matches at Elland Road. STUART MCCALL after a lengthy playing career with City, Everton and Rangers; went into management with City and Motherwell. ROY MCFARLAND later managed Cambridge United and Chesterfield, amongst others, recently written his autobiography. TREVOR CHERRY was sacked by City in January 1987 and ran his own sports equipment company, later became a director at Huddersfield. STAFFORD HEGGINBOTHAM died a few years ago, his family are very vociferous in protecting his reputation, especially in the wake of the recent allegations made by Martin Fletcher in his book. JACK TORDOFF, still alive, he has commented too about the allegations made. ALAN GILLIVER former Huddersfield and Blackburn striker, he was also lottery manager at City before taking over as stadium manager, if you have read the Popplewell report, he is the Mr Gilliver, Stadium Manager who is mentioned a couple of times.

MICK JONES later worked with Neil Warnock at a number of clubs. NEIL WARNOCK sacked by Crystal Palace earlier this season. TOM JOHNSTON was 60 years old when he left Huddersfield in 1978, appears to have left football. IAN GREAVES won promotion with Bolton in 1978 and later managed Oxford and Mansfield. FRANK WORTHINGTON still does all the after dinner circuit. ROY ELLAM still runs a gym in Mirfield. BOBBY COLLINS later managed Hull City, Barnsley and Guiseley; he died a couple of years ago. STEVE SMITH later coached and managed Huddersfield, also coached Bradford City. BRIAN CLOUGH won the league title with Nottingham Forest in 1978 and the European Cup in 1979 and 1980. JIMMY ARMFIELD was commentating on yesterday's Burnley v Leicester match for Radio 5 live. MICK BUXTON took Town into Division 2 in 1983, later managed Scunthorpe. DAVE SMITH later managed Plymouth, Dundee and Torquay. GREG ABBOTT managed Carlisle. DON GOODMAN works on Sky Sports. ALAN KELLY left football, but his sons, Alan and Gary were both goalkeepers for many teams. TOMMY BOOTH appears to have left football, though he was interviewed recently by the Daily Star. BRIAN KIDD still works for Manchester City.

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i forgot BOBBY CAMPBELL. Bradford City's record scorer. At the end of his career, Bobby and his wife took over the stewardship of Lindley Working Men's Club in Huddersfield. They stayed there 25 years until they were both sacked and charged by police with fraud. The charges were thrown out and the Campbell's took legal action against Lindley WMC, which has since shut down.

The same article I read, in the Huddersfield examiner, also suggested that Blakeborough's Social Club, who own the Brighouse Town ground, are also having problems, some dispute apparently with a Bowling Club.

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a few weeks ago, I saw an article in the Huddersfield examiner about Ray Wilson. He still attends Huddersfield matches, with his two sons, but sad to say, when he gets back to his home in Slaithwaite, he can't remember the score of the game he has just watched.

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