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25 minutes ago, bpexile said:

Hi Tone, I remember the Old Lion & The British but not Roland. I remember John Swann in the early days, if you looked at him he was ready to take a swing at you, a great voice though. I also remember playing darts in Elizabeth in the early days & Jimmy B was in the pub scrounging drinks, he went to school with one of my team mates & spent a bit of time with us, he could buy Elizabeth these days & a great bloke to go with it.

Cheers Tone

Roland used to talk mostly in Shakespeare quotes which was quite amusing. Best thing about the British Hotel was that you could buy a steak from the bar along with your beer and then cook it yourself outside on the BBQ.

My Brother in Law and Nephew still see Swanee from time to time and he apparently is more of a songwriter these days than a performer.  Last I heard Jimmy was living in Bowral, NSW but not sure if that is still the case.  

I do miss a lot about Adelaide from back in those days especially the Drive In Movies. I think Gepps Cross is the only one left now. Also, who can forget a Pie Floater from the pie cart outside Adelaide station.

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1 hour ago, BigTone said:

Roland used to talk mostly in Shakespeare quotes which was quite amusing. Best thing about the British Hotel was that you could buy a steak from the bar along with your beer and then cook it yourself outside on the BBQ.

My Brother in Law and Nephew still see Swanee from time to time and he apparently is more of a songwriter these days than a performer.  Last I heard Jimmy was living in Bowral, NSW but not sure if that is still the case.  

I do miss a lot about Adelaide from back in those days especially the Drive In Movies. I think Gepps Cross is the only one left now. Also, who can forget a Pie Floater from the pie cart outside Adelaide station.

The Gepps Cross Drive in & The Pie Cart both gone now Tone. Jimmy is now somewhere in NSW, Bowral sounds right & he does quite a bit of charity work these days, as I said he's a good bloke & very lucky to have survived his heart attack a few years ago.

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24 minutes ago, bpexile said:

The Gepps Cross Drive in & The Pie Cart both gone now Tone. Jimmy is now somewhere in NSW, Bowral sounds right & he does quite a bit of charity work these days, as I said he's a good bloke & very lucky to have survived his heart attack a few years ago.

I heard that Gepps Cross caught fire but thought it had re opened. Shame otherwise cos is a great night out & the burgers were always the best. Didn't the pie cart relocate to Norwood direction ? Used to love it after a night on the batter down Hindley St.

 

 

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I was in a local pub one Sunday evening when a call to the Gents was required. Whilst stood at the large open urinal a bloke came in and stood next to me, I gave him a quick hello as you do.

Then a few seconds later I turned back saying hey your Tony Allcock the bowls player arnt you whilst unfortunately piddling all over his Hush Puppies,  as you can imagine he wasnt best pleased.

 

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17 minutes ago, Between heaven and hell said:

I was in a local pub one Sunday evening when a call to the Gents was required. Whilst stood at the large open urinal a bloke came in and stood next to me, I gave him a quick hello as you do.

Then a few seconds later I turned back saying hey your Tony Allcock the bowls player arnt you whilst unfortunately piddling all over his Hush Puppies,  as you can imagine he wasnt best pleased.

 

Was he Tony Allcock ? 
 

 

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19 minutes ago, Between heaven and hell said:

I was in a local pub one Sunday evening when a call to the Gents was required. Whilst stood at the large open urinal a bloke came in and stood next to me, I gave him a quick hello as you do.

Then a few seconds later I turned back saying hey your Tony Allcock the bowls player arnt you whilst unfortunately piddling all over his Hush Puppies,  as you can imagine he wasnt best pleased.

 

An unfortunate name to have when recognised in the Gents

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17 hours ago, Red Homer said:

 

My claim to fame is that I was the first person in Bristol to be fined for not picking up after their dog!

That must have been crap for you.

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2 hours ago, BigTone said:

I heard that Gepps Cross caught fire but thought it had re opened. Shame otherwise cos is a great night out & the burgers were always the best. Didn't the pie cart relocate to Norwood direction ? Used to love it after a night on the batter down Hindley St.

 

 

Not sure on the pie cart Tone, we moved out of Adelaide to the South East of SA & only visit to see grandkids & hospital appointments, oh the joys of growing old. Hindley St was in the news a lot for brawls etc prior to covid19.

Stay safe mate, I'm off to the f**t sack👍 

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3 minutes ago, bpexile said:

Not sure on the pie cart Tone, we moved out of Adelaide to the South East of SA & only visit to see grandkids & hospital appointments, oh the joys of growing old. Hindley St was in the news a lot for brawls etc prior to covid19.

Stay safe mate, I'm off to the f**t sack👍 

Be good and look after yourself. Hindley St hasn't changed a bit then !!

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7 minutes ago, MigratedRobin said:

I was once on a train heading out of Temple Meads and on the platform was the bloke who played Pete Beale in EastEnders.

Which one ?

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11 minutes ago, cider hoss rules said:

6:32 to Paddington

 

Ah of course......Peter Dean

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On 02/05/2020 at 14:36, Slacker said:

At the same time?

Yep. 

As a youngster I had a knee injury which wouldn't clear up and the club invited me to come and see Buster Footman and the clubs knee and back specialist, who I cant remember his name.

I was having treatment in the physio room when Matt Bryant and Mark Shail walked in for treatment. 

Turned out it wasnt a knee problem and I had a trapped nerve in my back.

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My mums cousins husband is Colin Lee and I kicked the signed ball he received (the following day as he stayed in Fishponds Bristol that night) for scoring 4 goals against the gas in the 0-9 massacre in 1977 😀 

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Played as a schoolboy with Kevin Mabbutt, Steve White, Gary Megson for Parkway Juniors. Mabbutt and I also played for Bristol Boys together. Played for a team called Henbury Colts in the Bristol Junior League on Saturday afternoons. In those days as far as I can remember there was only one league per age group. We might of lost twice in 4 seasons. Shaun Penny would usually score a double hatrick per game. Always thought a team mate called Ian Carr was our best player and thought he would be a pro, he seemed to have everything. He ended up at Bristol Manor Farm. Dave Jenkins ex Arsenal & Tottenham had a few games for us at Briz fc. In the twilight of my playing days I scored a few headers off the crosses of Alan Walsh. Oh, and I once had a chat with David Bowie at the Colston Hall when Iggy Pop was playing there.

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15 minutes ago, Tinmans Love Child said:

My mum did our family tree and found out we are  afield related to Walt Disney, she told me that was where I got my creative streak from!  Don’t have any of his money though!

The difference is you have a Mum  but Walt Disney . 

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1 hour ago, Tinmans Love Child said:

My mum did our family tree and found out we are  afield related to Walt Disney, she told me that was where I got my creative streak from!  Don’t have any of his money though!

One of our distant relatives is Samuel Pepys 

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You known popular drink Ribena was invented in Bristol.

Well I had a HOT Ribena once when I wasn't either ill, OR a child.

(Tasted like childhood memories of being ill).

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2 minutes ago, Bristol Rob said:

You known popular drink Ribena was invented in Bristol.

Well I had a HOT Ribena once when I wasn't either ill, OR a child.

(Tasted like childhood memories of being ill).

Did you have chips with it?

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My great granddad was Billy Pocock who played 238 times for City (according to Wiki). He died before I was born so only got stories from my nan (who has also died). Wonder if City would have any records of him? 🤔

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8 minutes ago, arrytheb said:

My great granddad was Billy Pocock who played 238 times for City (according to Wiki). He died before I was born so only got stories from my nan (who has also died). Wonder if City would have any records of him? 🤔

If the club haven't, @Never to the dark side can likely point you towards a publication that can help.

He is the closest the forum has to a curator of 'stuff'.

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On 04/05/2020 at 07:23, cider hoss rules said:

You might need to explain that for the benefit of our younger listeners...…...

Not who Bryan Drysdale was, what an LP is!

Loan Player duh! any player under 33 and 4 months whose father was only 45 and grandfather was only 78 but easy to wind up.

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1 hour ago, arrytheb said:

My great granddad was Billy Pocock who played 238 times for City (according to Wiki). He died before I was born so only got stories from my nan (who has also died). Wonder if City would have any records of him? 🤔

There's a Bill Pocock, born in Bristol 24.2.1884 in 'Bristol City Football Club The First Hundred Years'.

Signed from St.Francis June 1919, moved to St Johnstone July 1926.

From 1919/20 - 1925/26, he made 255 apps. for City in all competitions, scoring 47 goals.

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6 minutes ago, Nogbad the Bad said:

There's a Bill Pocock, born in Bristol 24.2.1884 in 'Bristol City Football Club The First Hundred Years'.

Signed from St.Francis June 1919, moved to St Johnstone July 1926.

From 1919/20 - 1925/26, he made 255 apps. for City in all competitions, scoring 47 goals.

I didn't know that City were in the FA Cup semi final in 1919- 20, until looking up this fella's record, another "could have been" moment in the history of the club

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On 02/05/2020 at 12:47, Nogbad the Bad said:

The brothers of both Jo Durie and Robin Cousins were friends of my brother at school so I met both of them.

In fact I used to go on week long sporting themed holidays away from Bristol in the school hols. and Robin Cousins turned up at the age of 12/13 even though, apart from his ice skating he wasn't very sporty.

He was already known for his ice skating so was ribbed throughout 'watch your ankles Robin!'

Kevin Mabbutt (and his younger brother) joined my primary school at the start of my final year but he didn't displace me from my position as the resident school team striker!

He was an old schoolmate of mine as well, a very nice lad was 'Chuck'.

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On 03/05/2020 at 11:03, Miah Dennehy said:

I bought an office water dispenser off him and also was in the same team as him in 6 a side cricket at the County Ground for a Rob Newman testimonial thing.

Break times at junior school consisted of me, Keith Curle plus one other, take on the rest of the class (We always won)

Been on the piss in Newcastle with Dennis Smith & Paul Bracewell (Very strange night that was)

Known lots of lower league footballers well and through them have ended up drinking with 'bigger' names. John Aldridge and Mark Wright (likes a fight) spring to mind.

Bromley Heath?

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11 hours ago, Major Isewater said:

The inventor of cola . 
:yes:

That was his dyslexic brother

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8 hours ago, reddoh said:

Loan Player duh! any player under 33 and 4 months whose father was only 45 and grandfather was only 78 but easy to wind up.

it's easy to wax lyrical about some that were even older.

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When I was 9 I interviewed Peter Shilton for my school “radio” (actually a reel to reel tape played in assembly). His dad ran our local grocer’s when I was a kid.

My grandad was a caretaker at Gary Lineker’s school.

I lived next door to Danny Coles for a few months in 2004/5. My daughter still hasn’t forgiven me for not taking him up on the offer of us going round to his New Year’s Day party, with loads of City players in attendance. (I think he was just being polite, and I was massively hungover).

The last time I ever played football was at Ashton Gate with Scott Murray. We’d hired the pitch and he was our very enthusiastic  host for the day. After our 90 minutes was up he insisted on having a kickaround with everyone present playing - about 16 a side, with Scotty playing for whichever team had the ball.

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On 06/05/2020 at 22:54, Nogbad the Bad said:

There's a Bill Pocock, born in Bristol 24.2.1884 in 'Bristol City Football Club The First Hundred Years'.

Signed from St.Francis June 1919, moved to St Johnstone July 1926.

From 1919/20 - 1925/26, he made 255 apps. for City in all competitions, scoring 47 goals.

Yeah that's who I think it is. Although according to my family tree he was born in 1894 (which means he would have started playing for City at 25 rather than 35). I'm trying to get more detail from my father in law who has done the tree. 

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Me and a mate used to run a karaoke session at a pub in Fishponds about 20 years ago. One Thursday Scott Murray walked in with a mate and did a rendition of something (can't remember what). Let's just say his footie was better than his singing 😂. He and his mate we're making their way up fishponds road for a few more drinks so I warned him about the many Gas who frequent fishponds. 

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On 02/05/2020 at 21:59, Davefevs said:

Non football related one, but Mrs F was in Beverley Hills visiting a friend when this old guy came up to her and asked her where Bank of America was. She told him he was right by it, and off he walked.  Mrs F’s friend came out of a shop and said “what were you doing talking to Charlton Heston”!  Mrs F had no idea.

The next time she saw him was as a waxwork.E39AD4E7-7F6E-482D-A120-2428BF692111.thumb.jpeg.1000c53bcb40ff4352ca6892d48e36b2.jpeg

the waxwork was probably a better actor

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Taught Callum Hudson-Odoi’s nephews and work with his sister.

Never met him though. The school football team would probably be better if I had.

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Watching the World Cup rewind on BBC reminded me that when I was working in Germany, we lived in the same hotel that the Holland team stayed in 1974 where the infamous partying by that team took place, my claim is that I lived in the room next door to the one Johan Cruyff stayed in! Is that tenuous enough? Btw it was also the room that Chris deBurgh always requested and stayed in when he visited the Rhineland.

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I have sung on  stage at the Colston hall.

Played piano on stage at Weston Playhouse. 
 

I sat in Winston Churchill’s chair at the champagne house ‘ Pol Roger ‘ . He wasn’t there . 
 

I met John Wayne’s chauffeur and hunting buddy . 

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Before leaving for Oz in 1970 I went to the Top Rank in Bristol with some mates for a sendoff show. I was fortunate to meet my best mates brother-in-law, Trevor Tainton. He didn't stay for long but in the short chat we had he seemed a very nice & sincere guy, which of course he went on to prove later.

That same night I found out that I shared my birthday with that lowlife Paul Gadd/Raven - Gary Glitter :facepalm::gaah:, who in his earlier days was a regular act in the Top Rank.

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Remember a few years back at Marylebone Station with my Dad, queuing for a coffee and who should be queuing in front of me? No less than Arsenal hardman defender Martin Keown. Remarkably shorter than I thought and chuffing ugly, too. Like a pock marked chimpanzee.

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My mum worked (and was friends with) Chris Garlands mum, at the Wills tobacco factory in Rayleigh Road, making cigars, in the late 70's.

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14 hours ago, Med/MadHatter said:

Watching the World Cup rewind on BBC reminded me that when I was working in Germany, we lived in the same hotel that the Holland team stayed in 1974 where the infamous partying by that team took place, my claim is that I lived in the room next door to the one Johan Cruyff stayed in! Is that tenuous enough? Btw it was also the room that Chris deBurgh always requested and stayed in when he visited the Rhineland.

Stayed in the same hotel as the Holland squad in the south of France in 1998. Used to sit around the pool with them. Got my mates Arsenal top signed by Overmars.

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