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CB Football Monthly Sept ’57 Issue Pics

By on 8 September 2017

Here are some images from 60-years ago from the September 1957 issue of Charles Buchan’s Football Monthly. Click on image for larger version.

One of the “stranger” front-covers of Charles Buchan’s Football monthly features Everton and Ireland’s Peter Farrell with slightly scary female greeting him onto pitch. Farrell had the distinction of scoring the only goal in the 1949 international against England at Goodison Park – thus inflicting the first-ever defeat by a “foreign” team on England’s home soil. Made nearly 500 appearances for Everton before being sold to Tranmere in October 1957. Went into management with Tranmere and other clubs in Ireland before working in the insurance business. Died in 1999 aged 76.

Dennis Viollett will forever be held in huge esteem by Manchester United supporters not only as one of the Busby Babes, but also as a survivor of the 1958 Munich air crash. He joined United as a junior in 1949 making his debut in 1953. In total he played 293 games for United scoring 179 times – equal 5th with George Best in their all-time scoring history. Busby surprisingly sold the 28-year-old Viollet to Stoke City for £25,000. He scored 66 goals in 207 matches for the Potters. He left Stoke in 1967 playing out his career in the USA and minor leagues in UK. His USA connections led him into management for over 25 years in the NASL and its successors. Won 2 England caps scoring one goal. He died in 1999 after a battle with brain cancer.

Tony Marchi was a wing-half who represented Spurs from 1950 to 1957 and from 1959 to 1965. Although English by nationality he was of Italian descent and in between those two spells at Tottenham he spent a season at Vicenza and a season at Torino, neither of which really worked out for him. In total he made 232 league appearances, usually as understudy to Danny Blanchflower but he was still part of the 1960-61 double-winning squad and was a member of the CWC winning side of 1963.

Johnny Bollands joined Sunderland in 1956 from Oldham Athletic for £7,500. He stayed at Roker Park for four years before moving on to Bolton Wanderers. He retired from football in 1961 and took over his Dad’s old job on the docks.





Pat Saward an Irish international defender and another former player to die of Alzheimers in 2002 aged 74. After four years at Millwall from 1951 to 1955 he joined Aston Villa making 152 league appearances but struggled to make the step up and was transfer listed in 1956. But for an injury to Vic Crowe he may have moved on at that point but he missed just one game in the 1956-57 season. He won the FA Cup (1957) and the Second Division Championship with Villa (1960) before leaving for Huddersfield in 1961. Was later assistant manager to Jimmy Hill at Coventry and managed Brighton outright from 1970 to 1973.

….and here are some action shots from the September 1957 issue – contrast the elation of Aston Villa’s Peter McParland, who had just scored 2 goals in the 1957 FA Cup and the distraught Ray Wood whose jaw was broken by McParland  in that game – supposedly legitimately!


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