“Crawley’s need is far greater than that of Barbados.”

In amongst half arsed games, in empty stadiums, with a VAR system that makes the standard of officiating in the Southern League look borderline competent, one thing has become abundantly clear; Danny Ings is quite good. Now this is something that will not come as any great surprise to Dorchester fans. We saw his potential and all realised that his performances against a team of tradesmen in the Dorset Senior Cup would one day see him playing at the highest level and internationally. That is of course a slight (massive) exaggeration, but his performances were that of a player who would move onto better things. His ability to cut through teams and dictate games was evident in outings against Weston-super-Mare and Dartford, but his rise to one of the top English stars in the Premier League was not on the cards back in 2010. When he was capped by England in 2015 in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania in Vilnius he would become the second (we think) player to play for Dorchester to go on to represent England. So this got us thinking, who else has played internationally and for Dorch, and can we make an 11 from them?

Well, after making my Google search history even more bizarre than it already is, here is an exceptionally attacking 4-3-3 of players to have represented their county and The Magpies. These are full internationals, not under 21 or C caps, so some players here may have had shorter spells, with some players playing at a higher level than others. It is a very eclectic mix with some names that you may have never heard of or not remember, but if it was a brilliant squad then that would be no fun at all…

Goalkeeper; Benjamin Büchel.

Signing in February of 2013 by then manager Phil Simkin, Benji was acquired on loan to provide competition for Jason Matthews. In the three games he would play he would look every bit the international keeper he was. That was until he snapped his anterior cruciate ligament in a 2-1 loss away at Bromley which would see his loan end. Benji would go on to play for more clubs on loan following his recovery before having a more settled couple of seasons at Oxford between 2015-17, but he had been involved in the international setup for his native Liechtenstein for large parts this period with 29 caps to his name following his debut vs Slovakia in 2008, with his last cap coming in a 3-0 loss against Bosnia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers in November of 2019. Benji takes the number 1 jersey for his short tenure with us and will be marshalling this defence…

Fullback; Ludovic Quistin.

The cousin of former French international William Gallas, fullback Ludovic Quistin was at Dorch for a cup of coffee in 2006 under manager Mick Jenkins. Three games would be all the Guadeloupe international fullback would manage at the club before he moved on for trials with Luton, Leyton Orient and Brentford. These trials would come to nothing and Ludo would join another small Southern based non-league team in his seemingly obscure quest to play for as many random sides as possible. Well done if you have any memory of Quistin or his three appearances. His club history reads like a staggeringly depressing non-league train journey, but in this time, he did make nine appearances for Guadeloupe, the first coming in 2007 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, which is a football tournament and not a horse race. Sadly, Ludovic was killed in a traffic accident in his home country in 2012. 

Fullback; Ronayne Marsh-Brown.

Another fullback with a lengthy club history that reads like a list of places worth avoiding, the Chiswick born left-back would join the club under Shaun Brooks and play the bulk of that season, including both games in the memorable FA Cup first round tie against Oxford United, before moving to Bath. Ronayne would earn the first of his five caps for Guyana in 2018, once again in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, in a 3-0 win against Barbados and played internationally as recently as June of 2019. These caps mean that he takes the left back slot with Ludovic Quistin at right back in this obscure team.

Centre back; Patrece Liburd.

Patrece Liburd, or as he is better known to some Magpies fans; ‘FIVE PATRECE LIBUUUURD’, following his appearance as number 5 on the team sheet on the night that Deadly Derrien decided that it would be the 12 Magpies of Christmas rather than a match day squad. Another Shaun Brooks signing, Patrece would be club captain after signing a 12-month contract in 2008. The clubs perilous financial state would see Patrece and a number of other players leave midway through that season, but he is a rarity in that he represented his country whilst at Dorch. Notable for his last minute winner at home to Maidenhead in a game that was watched by a record low for a league game of 144, fans Patrece would make four appearances for St Kitts and Nevis with his first cap coming in 2008. He forms one half of the central defensive pairing with…

Centre back; Graham Roberts.

The first man to feature in this side with a genuine club and international record, Graham Roberts would start his career at Dorch before moving onto much bigger and better things. After failing to make the grade at youth level with both Southampton and Portsmouth, Graham would be signed for Dorch by manager David Best in 1977. Played in a more advanced position for us before his move to the back as he progressed in the game, Graham would score an impressive 33 goals in 79 games between 1977-79 before his £6,000 move over hill at the start of the title winning 1979-80 campaign. A genuine hardman as well as an excellent player, Graham would win six England caps between 1983-84, which make him the first man to ever play for Dorchester before going onto to gain full a full international cap for England. He would also win both domestic and European silverware with Spurs before further success with Rangers and Chelsea. Suffice to say, he’ll be doing a lot of the heavy lifting in this defensive unit. 

Defensive midfielder; Gus Hurdle.

Gus Hurdle is a man who also went on to better things after a season in the black and white stripes that included guesting on ‘Fantasy Football’ with Baddiel and Skinner. 1993-94 saw Gus play in defence under Stuart Morgan, and his season with us would see him move to Brentford where he would make a decent league career for himself with 71 appearances for the London club. Stats about Gus’ time at Dorch are hard to come by, but given we know he played for us and this side needs defensive cover, he’s in. Gus would eventually make seven appearances for Barbados with his first cap coming in 1996. Gus knew what was important though, as this interview from 2000 shows; 

In March 2000, he turned down a chance to play internationally to help Crawley Town in their Southern Football League Premier Division relegation battle, stating he would prefer to play against Dorchester Town saying it was the “bigger game”. He said: “Crawley’s need is far greater than that of Barbados. They’ll be able to get a result without me, but it’s big match for Crawley and a game we can’t afford to lose”.

Crawley duly beat us 2-0 and Gus scored. Asshole. 

Attacking Midfield; Gavin McCallum.

Signed on loan from Yeovil by manager Mick Jenkins, Gavin would score five goals in 15 games proving a successful signing. Two goals in a 3-2 win at Thurrock would endear him to the fans and his spell would be a profitable one before multiple moves after that would follow, with Weymouth, Sutton, Havant and Eastbourne all being clubs he would represent. But for the purpose of this piece, it is his one cap for Canada against Venezuela that sees him make this particular XI. He would score a 92nd minute equaliser in the 1-1 draw. That was his only appearance, making him the David Nugent of Ontario.

Attacking Midfield; Jake Gosling.

Scorer of one of the most famous DTFC goals ever with his winner against Plymouth in the FA Cup, Jake also holds the distinction of being second top international scorer for Gibraltar with two goals. Signed on loan by Phil Simkin from Exeter in 2012, he’d be the man to turn in Mark Jermyn’s pass as we knocked Plymouth out of the FA Cup in 2012, a game seen around the world on live TV (I say around the world, I watched it in Brussels so that will do). He was a key part of the Dorch side that finished with a joint record points tally for that level, and he would score on his Gibraltar debut in a 2014 friendly during a 1-1 in Estonia, before scoring the nation’s second ever competitive goal in an 8-1 loss to Poland in 2015. 

Foward; Jackie Henderson.

This is where the pedigree of the side improves somewhat. 350+ football league appearances between 1947-64 with seven Scotland caps and one goal, Jackie would make 217 appearances and score 70 goals for Portsmouth, making his debut for the recent champions of England in 1951. Jackie would play in the same Portsmouth side as future Dorch manager, the Belgian Marcel Gaillard, although the two would never be at Dorchester at the same time. Jackie would go for combined transfer fees of over £50,000 in his career, the conversion to today’s rates would no doubt be in the millions. In that time, he’d score over 100 goals for Portsmouth, Wolves, Arsenal and Fulham, before a broken leg would end his professional career. He’d move to Poole in 1964 where he would help them win promotion to the Southern Premier League, before Bob Forrest would recruit him for Dorchester in 1967, where he would remain until 1971. He would make 134 Magpies appearances, scoring 44 goals in that time before his retirement. He would spend 30 years working as a store man in a builder’s merchant in Poole after settling in the area before he sadly passed away aged 73 in 2005.

Forward; Ron Davies.

Another man with a club history that has to be seen to be believed, Ron Davies’ journey was one that includes many recognisable names rather than some of the non-league travels mentioned previously. A legend at Southampton, Davies also played at Portsmouth, Norwich, Manchester United, Luton, before finishing off at the fantastically named Tulsa Roughnecks and Seattle Sounders. His record of 29 games with nine goals for Wales included a double against Scotland and spectacular goal against England at Wembley in the British Home Championship. Davis, who used to leap over hurdles in army boots to help his jumping, would score seven goals in 17 games for The Magpies in the 1976-77 season under manager David Best as we’d finish fourth that season before heading for the USA. Ron would sadly pass away aged 70 in 2013.

Forward; Danny Ings.

Ah, Danny Ings. When Ings was signed on loan by manager Ashley Vickers at the same time as Guiseppe Sole also joined on loan, Ings was seen as the less interesting of the two. How wrong we were. Nine games and four goals isn’t a long spell but his performances and work ethic were enough to endear himself to fans. There was talk of a permanent transfer to the club, but a striker crisis at Bournemouth would see him return to his parent club and by the season’s end he was scoring in a losing effort in the League One play off semi. Bournemouth to Burnley, to Liverpool to Southampton would be the route his career would take, with full England representation coming away in Lithuania in October of 2015. That remains his sole full cap at the moment (13 games and four goals for the under 21’s) but that will surely change given his fantastic return this season. Given my Portsmouth allegiance, I won’t be too effusive in my praise. 

Substitutes/coaching team;

Player/Manager; Martin Chivers.

A half season spell as manager in the 1980-81 campaign for ex-Spurs and England Forward sees him take the honour of trying to get something from this team of oddities. 24 England caps and 13 goals, with 19 of those appearances coming in competitive games as well as 10 goals, he is probably the most decorated international on the list. Multiple domestic honours and a very good international strike rate, his seven goals in 19 games for Dorch was impressive and hopefully he sticks around for longer with this side than he did in his actual real-life reign at the club.

Player/coach; Don O’Riordan.

Midfielder Don has a loan spell at Dorch in 1997 which we can’t find anything about. But we do know he has had spell on the coaching teams with both China’s female team and South Africa’s women’s set up. So we gain an much needed midfield option as well as a coach, quite the two for one. 

Player/physio; Paul Maxwell.

We think Paul is a defender, but he is definitely a physio and an international physio at that. He was the Ghana physio at the 2019 African Cup of Nations. A short spell with us in the 1990’s and an African Cup of Nations makes him the ideal bench material for this eclectic mix.

Forward; Kieffer Moore.

13 games and seven goals for Dorch and five games with two goals so far for Wales are worthy of inclusion here. With the somewhat lightweight defence we have here, we’ll need goals on the bench so a man with these kinds of ratios will be more than handy as well as being able to fill in at centre back.

Forward; Rory Fallon.

Even by our standards, this was a particularly unusual signing. Two starts and no goals under Thommo, Rory was with us mainly to get fit for the part he could potentially play in a vital World Cup qualification playoff for New Zealand. He would not add to his 24 games and six goals for NZ in their two legged playoff loss and would promptly retire afterwards, never playing for us again. He did play in the 2010 World Cup for NZ, making him the only player to have ever played for us and in the World Cup finals. We think.

Goalkeeper; Matt Cafer.

Matt was with the club for a while in the 2017 season but never played. But he was our player and he has played twice for Gibraltar, so by that virtue he will be the final man on the bench just so we can say we have a starting XI and a full subs bench, reserve keeper and all.

And there you have it, an internationally capped Dorchester XI, complete with an almost full bench and coaching side. 165 international caps and 32 international goals. Have we missed anyone? The more obscure the better… We might have some actual football to write about soon, but in the meantime, enjoy this most bizarre trip down memory lane. Hopefully the season does start soon, even we’re running a bit low on obscure topics to keep us going. SV

“He had a yard and a half arse, not many defenders were getting round him.”

After a few months of inactivity, football is most definitely back as the Twitter timeline is full of complaints about VAR and tweets from non league players running around cones in their back gardens and in parks to show others just how “buzzing” they are for the new season. We’ve even signed a few players with some retained, some returning and some new, so welcome to those if any of them happen to find themselves reading this. We’ll fully believe that the season is approaching when rumours of Nathan Peprah-Anan turning up for pre-season on Hardye’s field start to circulate.

As I’m sure you’ll remember all too well, last season was not a classic in the DTFC historical annals as we were rock bottom prior to getting a lucky coronavirus based reprieve from relegation. But this is not the first time we’ve received a reprieve after having an awful season. Victory in the AGM Cup in 2007-08 saw us fortuitously saved from relegation due to Nuneaton Borough’s liquidation and the Conference’s decision to expel Boston United after we’d finished second bottom, but this wasn’t the first time either. So despite the fact that this is a piece about a successful title winning campaign, to understand the 1986-87 triumph, we’ll start with the disaster of 1985-86.

The 1980’s was a strange time to support Dorch. A league title win in 1979-80 under caretaker manager Stuart Bell would start the decade in style, but the Martin Chivers experiment the following season would only last six months before Bell would return in full charge as our title defence resulted in a 6th place finish. A 3rd place finish would follow as we’d also come agonisingly close to the FA Cup Third Round in 1981-82, before a respectable 9th place would be the result back in our first season in the newly reformed Southern Premier League in 1982-83. This is where the problems would start. Relegated back into the Southern League South in 1983-84 with what is as far as I can tell is our record low points tally of 20 (for a completed season) amidst an on going financial crisis, Keith ‘Dusty’ Miller would take over for the 1984-85 season as player-manager. A bit of stability would follow with a 14th spot in this season, but disaster would follow as 1985-86 would see us finish bottom by 15 points. our tally of 23 points is the second lowest in the clubs history since 3 points for a win was introduced as a rule (we finished with 21 points in 1951-52 in the days of 2 points for a win).

In that season we wouldn’t win in the league until December 21st, drawing only three games before that victory, a 2-1 win vs Andover who would finish second bottom. We would also go seven games without scoring prior to that victory, with our tallies of 35 scored and 94 conceded making us the worst side in the league both in terms of attack and defence. We’d use 33 players over the course of the season, which is very high considering there was only one substitute allowed in those days. 21 of those players playing 10 games or less. In dire straits financially with relegation to come, things looked bleak to say the least. However, this is where thing started to change. The financial crisis the club were in was eased and allowed the club to operate normally rather than relying on the manager calling in favours to name an 11, and in a stroke of luck, no clubs were relegated from the Southern League South. We’re not 100% sure as to why, but it’s quite possible that a promoted side from the tier below did not have their ground up to standard among many clubs folding or withdrawing from surrounding league. Either way, we stayed up despite being relegated and were presented with a chance to re-build.

Fortress Avenue.

The club were able to retain something of the core of a side going into the 1986-87 campaign with defenders Trevor Townsend, Peter Loveridge, Peter Morrell, Tony White all still remaining, forward Craig Morrison and midfielder Mark Baber all stayed having played at least some part in the previous campaign. Goalkeeper Martyn Jones joined from Poole along with Robbie Russell, Brian Chambers came in from Swanage, Steve Crabb arrived from Bridport and Gary Borthwick signed from rivals Weymouth. This would be the bulk of the squad that would play the majority of the season out, although there was a second arrival from over the hill that’ll we’ll come to later. Defender Pete Morrell would recall that the aims at the start of the season were simple;

” We were just looking to re-build and consolidate. It was pretty much a brand new side that would take time to gel after a really bad season the year before and we’d only stayed up due the team from the feeder leagues having a ground that wasn’t up to standard. We never really thought we’d win it.”

Steve Crabb goes up for a header.

After the pre-season re-boot, we would start in true Dorchester fashion with a 0-2 loss at home to Dunstable. This would be followed up the next week with the first points of the season as a win by the same scoreline over Erith and Belvedere, Gary Borthwick and Craig Morrison with the goals. The first month would be rounded off with a 2-2 draw at Hastings (Baber and Morrison on target) and a 1-0 home win over Corinthian courtesy of a Trevor Townsend goal. September would see only two league games played due to the weather that would yield a draw a a loss, so with six games played, it was two of each in terms of draws, victories and defeats. Pete Morrell would miss some of the early games as he struggled with his fitness following his recovery from a badly broken leg (fibula and tibia) he sustained the previous season, but there was a reason for this;

“I was doing shift work which affected training and evening games the season before so it came down to a choice between football and work. So I chose to quit the job and get a new one which meant I could focus on football! I played a few reserve games to get back to fitness and worked my way back in after half a dozen games or so. Just before Christmas I got two late goals for us to get a draw at home to Hastings. There was a big night out after that.”

And by that game just before Christmas, we were in a seriously rich vein of form. In a remarkable run we would score at least two goals in every game starting with the 3-0 home win over Ruislip on October 11th, all the way through to a 0-1 home defeat to Andover on February 3rd. Results in the October to February run would be excellent. 10 wins in 13 games with two draws and a loss, that loss being a 4-3 defeat at Waterlooville, having been 0-3 up at halftime. Keith Miller’s theory on how to recover from a loss was simple; “if we lose, we can’t lose the next game.” And we didn’t lose back to back games all season. In fact after starting the season with a loss and a draw, we would win the following game after each of our six losses. ‘Bouncebackability.’

Goals were coming from all over the pitch in this spell with Craig Morrison leading the line with what Keith Miller would describe as his “yard and a half arse” that enabled him to back into defenders with few able to get round his circumference. Morrison would end the season as top scorer with 19 league goals, but more than useful contributions came from a number of sources. Pete Morrell would score seven with a good few from a free-kick routine borrowed from a youngster called Stuart Pearce from Wealdstone, Mark Baber and Robbie Russell would bag eight goals a piece, Peter Loveridge (six) and Gary Borthwick(five) would contribute 11 goals between and Steve Crabb would notch 10 times as well as assisting many more. There was one other player who would hit double figures for the season and his arrival is one of the two key points of the season that Pete Morrell identifies, both occuring in December. The Boxing Day fixture, a 2-0 home win over Trowbridge was one of the key games of the season, and it was around this time that a youngster by the name of Tony Diaz would join from 8 miles over the hill.

Peter Loveridge in action.

Joining on the recommendation of assistant manger Phil Simkin, Tony had been used mainly as a substitute by Weymouth prior to his departure and in the days of only one sub, having a bit of versatility in that one player was vital. As a result of this, Tony would feature at the back and in midfield but his move to Dorch and an injury to Robbie Russell would provide him to play up top alongside Craig Morrison. A debut goal in a 1-3 win at Poole Town the day after the Boxing Day win over Trowbridge would help him settle in quickly, and he’d finish with 16 goals in 21 games (17 starts, 4 as sub) at the end of the season. Well in title contention with a growing belief that this form could be sustained, we’d win all three games in January by an aggregate of 10-4, Morrison scoring all four in a 4-1 home win to avenge the defeat in the away game at Waterlooville as the title charge would carry into 1987.

Two losses in Feburay would each be responded to by a victory. A 0-1 defeat to Andover would be followed by a 4-0 thumping of Sheppy United with Diaz (2), Morrell and Morrison on target, and a 2-1 loss at Woodford saw us in the next game 3-2 at home to Chatham with Diaz and a Steve Crabb double doing the damage. The Sheppy United game would see the start of run that saw Tony Diaz score 15 goals in the next 14 games, with the majority of games seeing us take the points. A 2-1 home win over title chasing Ashford courtesy of a goal each from Diaz and Morrison would be vital in the context of the season, and our ability to win games by the odd goal proved invaluable in this time. Not every game was close though as we would win by a 7-0 scoreline at Canterbury on March 28th, with Craig Morrison grabbing his second 4 goal haul of the season along with solitary goals from Baber, Diaz and Crabb.

Into April and two draws would follow the 7-0 mauling. A 0-0 at home to Dover Athletic could be seen as a bad result, but with us reduced to 10 men due to a red card early on, Dover seemed content to take a point and never really attacked making for a reasonably easy afternoon for Martyn Jones and his defence. A 2-2 would follow on the Tuesday night at home against Woodford with Loveridge and Steve Crabb scoring our goals, and you could be forgiven for thinking our momentum may be coming to a halt. But a 2-1 win that Saturday in Tonbridge would prove that wasn’t the case, before an away trip to relegation threatened Ruislip would follow on the Tuesday night. It’s a game fondly remembered by both Tony Diaz and Pete Morrell, although not because it was a footballing classic.

PM; “Ruislip’s drainage had gone so it was an awful pitch. Some patches were rock solid, some parts would take a stud and other parts were like quicksand. We got a free kick way out in the boggy area and I just did what I could to get it into the box and their keeper totally mistimed his jump due to the bog and could only flap at it and tip it behind him. Tony was coming in behind him and scored with a diving header and it was a very important win. He got some vital goals that season, him and Martyn Jones were two of the real key signings.”

TD; “It was a really scrappy game. It was a bare, hard pitch, on a horrible windy night. I got the goal with a diving header after a free kick got played in and it was a deserved, key win. The sort of game champions win.”

Tony Diaz with a trademark diving header.

After that vital win would come a 3-1 home success over Burnham (Diaz 2, Borthwick) on the Saturday, but a Monday night defeat away at Trowbridge would put a spanner in the works. Things were still in our own hands though, and a 5-2 win at Corinthian with goals courtesy of Baber, Loveridge and hat-trick for the returning Robbie Russell would see us ensure promotion back to the Southern Premier. Steve Crabb would create four out of the 5 goals and we’d gonefull circle from a club that by rights should have been relegated to winning promotion. The only remaining question was could we win the league. As Pete Morrell put it, “we’d not been up there to get shot at” all season, with Ashford and Woodford being the front runners for much of the time. Woodford would lose their two key players to a bigger side, and Ashford would stutter just enough to allow us to sneak in during the final stretch with two draws and a loss in the final five games compared to our four wins and a loss. Our final game of the season? Away at Ashford.

The travelling Dorch fans at Ashford’s Estella park on the season’s final day.

After we’d secured our promotion at Corinthian on the Sunday, Ashford did the same three days later on the Tuesday. But with fixture congestion, Ashford would have to play again on the Thursday and would fall to a 3-1 defeat at Woodford, when a win would have seen them go top an lead us by two points going into our winner take all game on the Saturday. As it was, we were top by one point with it all in our hands. The equation was simple in theory; avoid defeat and win the title. But we were the away side and it was Ashford’s final game at their Essella Park ground before moving. There was a 1,000+ crowd to contend with, as well as a hard, bare pitch to be played on. With a good travelling support making the journey from DT1, it was sure to be a tense affair and it proved to be just that as we would battle our way to a 0-0 draw to secure the title to go along with promotion. Described as an “ugly game” by Pete Morrell, as he quite rightly pointed out, “the result was more important than the performance.” It had been a stunning turn around after the horrors of the season before, and despite a few visiting Millwall fans who were intent on causing trouble, it was job done. The league was ours, the title presented on the pitch and the players and fans could celebrate and remarkable achievement.

The players line up before the title decider at Ashford on the final day.

It was a title win in which every player did their bit. We had the best attack in the league with 83 goals scored as well as the second tightest defence with 42 conceded. 13 players played in 20 or more of the games with the central defensive partnership of Loveridge and Townsend playing every single match. Fullbacks Morrell (34) and White (35) barely missed a game, and they were backed up by the excellent Martyn Jones in goal. Crabb (10), Chambers (one), Borthwick (five) and Baber (eight) contributed 24 goals combined on top of the vast number that were created, Gary Borthwick helping in stopping just as many with his efforts in the centre of the pitch. Martin Stormont would be involved in over half the games (17+3) proving his worth to the side, and Lyn Stockholm would be one of the keepers called upon in the absence of number one choice Jones. Finally the forward trio of Morrison (19 goals in 37 appearances), Diaz (16 in 17+4 )and Russell (8 in 25+3) would contribute over half (43) of the teams 83 goals. Everyone who played contributed, and it’s a season that lives long in the memory of those involved;

PM; “Its one of the top three moments of my career. A few of us suffered the indignity of finishing bottom of the league the season before and it was an amazing turn around with one of the best groups of players I’ve had the privilege of playing with. On a personal note it was a long recovery from breaking both my fibula and tibia in the January of the previous season, and it was a really long recovery back in the day. But with great support from staff and the club I got back to my best and was part of an amazing achievement.”

TD; “It was a fantastic five months after moving from Weymouth at Christmas, playing for my home town club and being able to celebrate a league title at the age of 19. On a personal level, being able to contribute to the cause by scoring some goals was very special for me and made me feel that I played my part in the club securing the title. In hindsight it was a really special moment for me and on a personal level it ranks alongside winning the Southern League golden boot five years later and representing England Schoolboys Under 18’s in 1985.”

Now we realise that this precedent of being rock bottom one season, being reprieved and avoiding relegation before winning the league the following term is a thing, I look forward to Leigh Robinson guiding us to the Southern Premier League title this coming season after the disaster that was the 2019-20 campaign. But whatever happens in the future, we’ll be lucky if we see season and have a side like the 1986-87 incarnation again. Up The Magpies, SV.