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Old 10-16-10, 02:22 PM   #1
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"Big Mal" died at the age of 83.

He was one of the most flamboyant and colourful characters that I remember as a kid growing up and watching football. He was often seen at matches with his trade mark fedora hat, big cigar, even swigging back champagne, not your typical boring football manager, but an effective one none the less. As a coach he is best remembered as the assistant to that other great, Joe Mercer, with whom he helped transform the fortunes of Manchester City in the 1960s, bringing them 7 trophies in 7 years.

He had started as player himself, playing in particular with West Ham United where he was an effective defender taking under his wing future rising English star, Bobby Moore, the future World Cup winning captain of 1966. His career was cut short in 1957, not from injury as happens to most footballers, but from a bout of Tuberculosis, which resulted in one of his lungs being removed.

He was a bit of a George Best of the football management world in that he enjoyed life to the full, was often seen in the company of beautiful women (2 Miss UKs and even Chrisine Keeler of Profumo fame to name but a few) and like Georgie had his battle with "the bottle". In fact, his own son finally admitted that his dad was an alcoholic.

God rest you, Big Mal. May you R.I.P.

Like Clough, Revie, Mercer, Shankly, Stein, Ramsey, etc you were part of my youth. Like them, you too now have departed this world. Let's hope that like them (and George Best) that you are now playing football in Heaven.
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oops photo of Big Mal has disappeared.

Oh well...back to the drawing board.
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r.i.p BIG MAN

Yes another name I remember from the past. Takes me back.
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Nice photo brandy xxx

That's Big Mal with Joe Mercer just after Manchester City won the FA Cup in 1969.

Tony Book, Colin Bell, Francis Lee, Joe Corrigan and Mike Summerbee were the stars of that team...I can remember it like yesterday.
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Football is your passion sir - I can see that now.

Do you really remember that? - I put it up because I know how much you enjoy the game and its characters -

THANKS FOR THE INFO. B.D.-I find it interesting too - ITS NICE TO know the names and dates ((((((((((((BD))))))))))))) REMINDS ME of when I WAS YOUNGER TOOXX
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Back in the 1960s and 1970s there were true "characters" in the game:

Liverpool hardman Tommy Smith
Norman "bites your legs" Hunter - Leeds United
Brian Clough - manager of Derby County, then Nottingham Forrest
Francis Lee - Manchester City
Ron "Chopper" Harris - Chelsea
Stan Bowles - Queen's Park Rangers
Jimmy Greaves - Fulham then Tottenham Hotspur
Charlie George - Arsenal
Rodney Marsh - QPR, Fulham, Manchester City
George Best - Manchester United

No diving and rolling over, as if they were going to die with these guys. They played the game mainly for the love of it, there certainly was not much money in it like the pampered stars of today enjoy.

I watch the game still, but the football is not the same, too tactical, too pent on winning at all costs.

The recent World Cup was the most sub standard WC that I have ever seen. Perhaps, I am just getting too old to appreciate the modern day prima donnas that masquerade under the facade of footballers.
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