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Old 29-12-2018, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Granada allover View Post
What a find! Byrne in his pomp. I started watching in March 63, just after the great man was sold to West Ham. Such was the hysteria that 11000 turned up for his first game back, a friendly against Leicester I think in 1967. I can still see him standing on the centre circle about to kick off and thinking - it's really him. Though it really wasn't, even though, for months, we willed him to put in a performance like this one against Oldham. They always said, in his heyday, he was one step ahead of his team-mates and you can see it here. Great balance, will o' the wisp turns and a thunderous shot, on a glue-pot of a pitch. Leaves you misty-eyed.
In the days when players could be found in pubs before a game, a good mate of mine, as a 16/17 old went up to Bryne during his second spell, as he supped a pint, and told him in no uncertain terms that he was shit. They arranged to meet outside the ground after the game. My mate turned up , Bryne did not.
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