Friday, 17 February 2017

Between The Sticks

Over the past eighty-nine years Whitby Town have had some amazing goal keepers David Campbell, Neville Pybus, Paddy Kenny, Harold Lodge to name but a few and now the amazing Shane Bland. But what happens when your Number One is injured during a match, unavailable at the last minute or injured with no other keeper on the books.

Most recently Jason Blackburn, a forward, signed at the beginning of the 2015/2016 season made his debut on 26th August 2015 against Ramsbottom United in a league game. Shane Bland was injured in the 55th minute and with no keeper named on the bench Jason donned the Number One shirt and kept a clean sheet. From the radio commentary he did made a couple of good saves ... with his feet.

When Nick Liversedge was dismissed in November 2008, in the final two minutes Richard Foster donned the gloves and kept a clean sheet.

Against Ilkeston in March 2008, Cammy was sent off in the 62nd minute and Ashley Lyth put on Cammy's yellow shirt.

Against Marine in December 2005 when Cammy suffered a torn ligament Scott Nicholson took over.

September 2003 and Mark Riches was injured in the 12th minute against Ashton United it was down to Mark Obern to take over the gloves. It was Marks second ever game for the Blues.

When David Campbell was injured the in the 44th minute against Bishop Auckland on 16th April 2003 Defender David Campbell replace him, but that wasn't the only game Goochie played in the following game Goochie played in goal against Colwyn Bay on Apil 21st.

Not quite in the same vein, back on 10th October 2000 Whitby were away at Worksop Town. Cammy was suspended and Dawson was unavailable. So the Blues traveled and signed a keeper called Kevin Tye. It was Kevin's only game for the Blues but as far as we know Kevin signed from Worksop Town.

When Cammy saw red against Blyth Spartans in September 2000

The next recorded replacement of a keeper was on May 3rd, 1995 when Whitby entertained West Auckland Town. Paul Robinson was sent off in the 71st minute and then Woods was replaced by Matthew Coddington, Matthew being the Blues other keeper.

Matthew Codding was replaced himself against Easington Colliery (23/01/1993) in the 61st minute and was replaced by Stephen Moore, (also a keeper).

Steve Balcombe replaced David Harvey in the 53rd minute when Harvey was injured against Guisborough Town on March 5th, 1986 and kept a clean sheet.

Dave Richardson came off the bench against Bishop Auckland in the 31st minute as David Coleby was injured.

David Coleby was injured in the 71st minute on December 5th, 1981 and was replaced by Tony Harrington (whether Harrington went in goal is unknown).

David Coleby was dismissed for fighting with Collingwood of Bishop Auckland on August 29th, 1981 and was to serve a 14 days suspension but it was Tony Escritt that came to the rescue by going i goal on the day.

Back in October 1976 Coleby was stretchered off in the 30th minute of the FA Cup game against Barrow. Just who replaced him no one knows as yet (likely if he was playing it may have been Fred McFadden).

Indeed it was McFadden that had previously replaced Coleby in May 1976 when he was injured.

Against Ashington in January 1974 Alan McCloy (outfield and keeper) replaced Stephen Wright when he was injured in the 30th minute.

An article about Whitby's keepers would not be complete without mentioning the goal keeping coach Mr. Denis Wheeler. There is already a post here about the man himself.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Bimmer Thompson - Goal Machine


James Edward ‘Bimmer’ Thompson.

Date of Birth: 19th February 1904.
Date of Death: December 1977.
Position: Centre Forward
1926 – 1929
J.E. 'Bimmer' Thompson 1926
James Edward Thompson was form in Small Street in Thornaby in 1904 and for the early years of his life James lived in Thornaby. He started like most kids kicking a ball around the streets and started his football career with Stockton. At the age of 22 he transferred to Northern League new team Whitby United.
Bimmer as he was known made his debut for his new club on September 1st 1926 at Loftus Albion on the opening day of the season in the Northern League cup. The end of match Whitby were out of the completion. Two days later Bimmer netted his first goal for the club in a 1-2 defeat to South Bank at Whitby, but this did not dampen Bimmers desire to perform.
By the end of his first season he had scored thirty-eight goals in just thirty-two appearances making him the top scorer. The 1927/1928 season appears to be less than good got him as he only featured in five games but still managed to score six goals. The 1928/1929 season Bimmer played in thirty-six games but scored a mammoth forty-nine goals again he was the top scorer. It was not until the 1975/1976 season that Malcolm Poskitt score more goals in a season with 50. Bimmer was prolific in scoring abilities and netted a total of eight hattricks. At the end of that  season Whitby United bid farewell to their goal machine as he signed for Hartlepool United.
It was not until January 1st, 1930 that Bimmer make his debut for the ‘Pools in a home game against Rotherham United in the Division Three (North) and Bimmer even managed to score on his debut with a penalty in front of a crowd of 4756. By the end of his first season he had scored ten goals in just eighteen games. In the following campaign Bimmer scored on nine occasions in thirty-seven matches. In his final season at ‘Pool he played in just twelve games scoring on three occasions.
Bimmer moved North of the border in his football career to play for Scottish side Falkirk, but after just six appearances and two goals, his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.
During the Second World War, Bimmer was too old to enlist to he moved to Wales with other local Middlesbrough men to build the Mulbuerry Harbour that was used in the D-Day landings.
Bimmer later owned a betting shop on Hunson Street in Middlesbrough. He married Lillian Golightly and in 1949 had a son who they named after him, James Edward.
In later years Bimmer was a member of the local Samuelsons Club in Middlesbrough and could often be found playing snooker there. One December evening in 1977 Bimmer suffers a massive heart attack on his way home from the club.
Bimmer was a goal scoring legend at Whitby and the fact his record of forty-nine goals lasted for forty-seven years is a tribute to his tenacity and skill.


Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Missing in Action?

Hello everyone (or if anyone still reads this blog),

Some people may actually wondering where have I been and why have I not posted in over a year.

Simple answer is I am lazy!

Well that's not quite true, it is a little but mainly I have been background researching players and have been planning and designing the new look WTFC website.  OK so the front that everyone sees won't be changing but the behind the scenes and will be completely overhauled and made so it takes up less space.

Add to that kids, wife and work and you have a pretty worn out old chap at the end of the day that finds it hard to sit down and write an article on something like players, matches or incidents.

I have tonight written one article and I am just waiting for the the next of kin to give it the go ahead before I publish it.

I also have been busy researching and thanks to a couple of ladies on a forum I use they have managed to locate the births and deaths of a rather a large number of old players.

I also have a little bit of strange info I found out today whilst researching.

Back in the 1880s Whitby Church Temperance team had a captain called Rev. EJD Simpson. So after a bit of searching I found that his name was Edward J. D. Simpson and in 1911 he was the Curate of Whitby. Then I discovered he was born in Meerats, INDIA.

So there you go.  We have a fully international former team.