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Where did it all go so wrong?

Just before they drop out of the league, remember when we were almost a bit envious?

Alan Warboys and Bruce Bannister (Bristol Rovers 1973-74).

The two Yorkshiremen were labelled 'Smash and Grab' by someone on the Rovers' marketing staff and they scored 40 goals between them on the way to promotion from the third tier.

Clough suffered a "Smash and Grab" at Brighton

During their incredible campaign, they scored seven between them in an 8-2 victory at Brighton, who had recently appointed Brian Clough as manager.

"I got a hat-trick in the first half and big Alan got four," Bannister told BBC Sport.

"Big Alan had a cut on his eye and he was going to get some stitches.

Cloughie came in and said 'What's up with you lad? It must have been self inflicted because we didn't get within 20 yards of you all afternoon.'

"Someone at Bristol Rovers had thought up the catchphrase 'Smash and Grab' and put up 'Wanted' posters with us on all over town.

We just clicked straight away. He's a big fella and was a very good player on the ball. It's just a matter of reading each other. I could play him in or he could get a touch or a flick and I'd say 'Thank you very much' and stick it away."

Same article


Seems to have forgotten where Newcastle bought Andy Cole from, after being a reject at Arsenal!!

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Did they play together ? mind aint what it was, genuine question ....

Garland made his debut in 65 and initially left for Chelsea in 71.

Galley joined from Rotherham in 67 and left for Forest in 72.

So yes, they played together for several years, including when I first saw City.

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No, it's not John Shaw br.

Although I would accept your superior knowledge over Wikipedia the following makes out that Shaw played in every division for City-

Alan Dicks signed Shaw in May 1974 on a free transfer from Leeds United for Bristol City. Jimmy Mann made the same move at the same time. [2]

John Shaw had to wait in line behind regular goalkeeper Ray Cashley who was ever present in 1974-75 and again in 1975-76 when Bristol City finished runners up in the Second Division and won promotion back into the First Division after a wait of 65 years since 1911. However Shaw did make two substitute appearances in the Anglo Scottish Cup in August 1975. [3] Cashley started in goal in season 1976-77 in the First Division before Len Bond was given a chance with two games but was injured so John Shaw finally made his League debut in goal for Bristol City in a 0-1 defeat v Birmingham City on 26 October 1976. This was the start of a run of 103 successive league appearances for Shaw. Bristol City hovered around the relegation places throughout their first season back in the First Division. Lying bottom in 22nd place with four games to go they managed two wins and two draws to finish 18th. The final game at Coventry City ended in a 2-2 draw which was enough to save both teams from relegation with the ball hardly leaving the centre circle during the last 15 minutes of the game. Shaw made 33 appearances in 1976-77. [3] John Shaw was the only ever present City player in 1977-78 with 42 appearances as the "Robins" rose to 17th in the table. Shaw also played in all nine Anglo Scottish cup ties culminating in a two legged final 3-2 aggregate win over St Mirren in December 1977. [3] It was during this period that John Shaw was spoken of as a possible replacement for Alan Rough in the Scotland full international team; but despite his splendid form the call to international duty never came. [4]

With Bristol City rising to 13th place in the First Division in 1978-79 John Shaw started the season in the team and missed only two games making 40 appearances. [3] John Shaw was initially chosen as no.1 again in season 1979-80 which ended with relegation in 20th place to the Second Division. Shaw played in the first 27 league games but was replaced by Ray Cashley after a run of ten matches conceding 22 goals without a win. Shaw made 28 appearances in 1979-80 and also played in 8 of the 9 Anglo Scottish Cup ties which ended in an aggregate 1-5 defeat to St Mirren in the final. [3] Back in the Second Division in 1980-81 Bristol City finished 21st and were relegated on downwards to the Third Division. Cashley began the season in goal before John Shaw was given his chance in December at Shrewsbury Town where City lost 0-4. The signing of Jan Moller later in December restricted Shaw to making 5 appearances in 1980-81. [3]

Bristol City suffered a third successive relegation in 1981-82 but very nearly failed to survive a mid season financial crisis in February 1982 when only a last minute acceptance of redundancy by the "Ashton Gate Eight" saved the club from potential extinction. Moller began the momentous season in goal but was a further victim of the crisis leaving the club after which Shaw took over in March making 15 appearances. This was the start of another long run of 124 successive league appearances by John Shaw. [3] Down in the Fourth Division in 1982-83 John Shaw was the only ever present with 46 appearances as Bristol City finished in 14th place. [3] Shaw was ever present in goal again in 1983-84 when Bristol City won promotion back to the Third Division by finishing in 4th place conceding only 44 goals the second best record in the division. [3] Shaw made 41 appearances in the Third Division in 1984-85 as Bristol City narrowly missed another promotion finishing in 5th place. Bristol City played a benefit match for John Shaw v West Bromwich Albion on 13 May 1985 before a crowd of 1,950 fans. [3] Shaw left Bristol City and moved on to Exeter City in July 1985.

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Saw cheesly's hat trick at york untelivised, tom scores a hat trick a home against york in front of motd cameras, paul is still niffed !!


I listened to that York hat trick standing in the Tote End while watching the Gas being stuffed. Very difficult to keep a straight face ;)

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