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Town heroes 30 years on
Where are they now?


PETER DOWNSBOROUGH
Peter, who played the game of his life at Wembley that afternoon, made his league debut for Halifax before his 17th birthday.
He stayed there for five years before putting in a transfer request when the Yorkshire club were forced to apply for re-election.
After Sheffield United were unable to come up with the asking price, Danny Williams came in with £2,500 and striker Bill Atkins at the start of the 1965-66 season.
He played in all 61 games of the 1968-69 season, but he will always be remembered in Wiltshire for the inspired performance against Arsenal.
He challenged Roy Jones and Jimmy Allan for the number one jersey in subsequent seasons before falling out with new boss Les Allen over a pay issue, and returned to Yorkshire in the summer of 1973.
He eventually signed permanently for Bradford following a loan spell and went on to reach a total of 650 league appearances and currently works as a caretaker at a Yorkshire school.

ROD THOMAS
The youngest member of the squad at 22, Rod was signed by Bert Head after playing as an inside forward for Gloucestershire Under-18's.
The number of players competing for first-team places led to him trying his luck at full back and he made his debut in a goalless draw against Scunthorpe in 1966.
He took over as the regular number two the following season and earned the first of 50 caps for Wales.
Thomas missed only three games for Town between December 1967 and January 1972, all due to international commitments.
He played at left back for his country and right back for his club. Dave Mackay made him his first signing at Derby County in 1973. The team finished third that season and were champions in the following campaign.
He stayed at the Baseball Ground for four years before joining Cardiff City and eventually retiring in 1981.
He went on to run a pub in Birdlip and now works for a company which supplies computer software to finance houses.

JOHN TROLLOPE
After making his debut for Town in 1960, John Trollope went on to play 878 league and cup games for Town and was awarded an MBE for services to football in 1978.
After missing two games in the Easter of his first season, he went on to play 368 consecutive league and cup games, spanning seven seasons.
By the end of the 1971-72 season, he had played 500 games for Town and was eight games short of the one-club record, when he was appointed youth team coach at the County Ground.
However, he took his place in the team after a dismal start to the 1980-81 season and made his 770th and final league appearance at Colchester on November 8.
Four days later he was invited to take over the running of the first team and did so until March 1983 when, with Town now in the fourth division, he went back to running the youth team and stayed until 1996.
John currently works for the Football League as youth development monitor for the South West and West Midlands. His son Paul plays in midfield for Fulham.

JOE BUTLER
Geordie Joe Butler signed for Newcastle in 1960 but only made three league appearances for the Magpies.
He was signed by Danny Williams as a left-back in 1965 but soon realised his best chance of a first-team place would be in midfield.
A handful of outings preceded his change of position as he battled to displace Trollope but he became the regular number four around the start of the Wembley season.
From the January before the final he made 133 consecutive appearances, which was far removed from his old job in a butcher's shop.
After the victory, Butler stayed while others moved on and found himself in a struggling side.
After more than 400 appearances, Butler suffered a serious knee injury and, after a testimonial against Derby, was given a free transfer in August 1976.
He spent 18 months at Aldershot and a brief spell at Witney Town before hanging up his boots.
Joe, now 56, is now a Swindon taxi driver and has lived in the town for 33 years.

FRANK BURROWS
Frank began his career at Raith Rovers but was only a part-time player, taking an apprenticeship as a draughtsman at a local distillery.
After six years he decided to turn professional and asked for a transfer. He opted for a move south and went to Scunthorpe, where he spent three years.
Danny Williams bought him for £13,000 in 1968 and he proved to be excellent value, making over 350 appearances. But Frank was to become even better known as a manager than a player.
In 1977 he took over the running of the youth team and became manager of Portsmouth in May 1979.
He followed this with spells at both Swansea and Cardiff and has won two promotions, a play-off place and the Autoglass Trophy.
He left Swansea in October 1995 to take up a coaching appointment at West Ham but 12 months ago was back at Ninian Park as manager.
His side are now on course for promotion to Division Two.

STAN HARLAND
Town's skipper at Wembley was another of Danny Williams' extraordinary bargain buys.
An £8,000 capture from Carlisle, Harland joined Don Rogers and John Trollope in making maximum appearances in 1966-67 and 1967-68, providing a solid platform for a serious promotion challenge in 1969. He also took over the captaincy from Mel Nurse.
The arrival of Dave Mackay in 1971 was to signal the end of Harland's Town career. He was moved into a defensive midfield role to accommodate the Scot, but rarely looked comfortable, and when Mackay took over as manager, Harland was dropped.
He signed for Birmingham soon after and helped the club into the First Division, but only made 19 appearances in the top flight.
He served as player manager at Yeovil Town, later teaming up with Frank Burrows at Portsmouth.
Until January of this year, Harland, 58, ran a village general store at Huish Episcopi, near Bridgwater.

DON HEATH
Town's right winger in the League Cup win began his career as an apprentice at Middlesbrough, signing as a full-time pro in 1962.
However, he was unable to break into the first team and left to join Norwich in the summer of 1964. He spent three seasons there before joining Town for £7,000.
He made over 100 appearances for Town and his only goal came in the FA Cup against Luton in January 1968.
He played in all 11 games in the League Cup run and helped set up three of the goals which helped Town defeat Bradford.
He moved to Oldham in July 1970 and helped the Latics to promotion but later joined Peterborough United on a free transfer.
In 1973, he was on his way back to his native north east and signed for Hartlepool and after making his last league appearance in 1974, went on to play for Crook Town, Gateshead United and South Bank.
At 54, he still lives on Teeside and is currently a buyer for ICI at Wilton.

ROGER SMART
The history of Swindon Town and not just for the opening goal he scored that day at Wembley.
He was the first Town player to be nominated as a substitute in 1965. He had started his Town career at the age of 19 and helped them to promotion - the first in the club's history. He also scored the goal against Shrewsbury which took Town into Division Two.
By the opening of the Wembley season had made 200 league appearances for the club and scored the first goal of the League Cup campaign when Town overcame Torquay. In the final, he got the last touch before Don Rogers slammed in the second goal and set the flying winger on his way for the third.
He made his last appearance for the Town four years after the final and in May 1973 joined Charlton Athletic where he linked up with Arthur Horsfield.
Within a year he was back in the west with Bath City and then Trowbridge Town before becoming the landlord of the Plough in Devizes Road.

JOHN SMITH
Sadly, John Smith suffered a fatal heart attack on February 19, 1988. He was 49.
He joined the groundstaff at West Ham when he was 15 where he later won a Second Division championship medal and was capped by England at youth and Under-23 level.
John moved across the capital in 1960 and joined Tottenham, but failed to be a regular first teamer.
This was followed by spells at Leyton Orient and Torquay before he was snapped up by Williams in 1968 for just £7,000.
He made his debut in the first round clash with his former club. He was close to missing the final through injury and was eventually replaced in the 78th minute by Willie Penman.
His last game at the County Ground came in 1970 and he joined Walsall, who he managed a year later.
However, after less than a year he left to be player-manager at Dundalk before returning to London in 1978, where he managed a social club until his untimely death.

PETER NOBLE
Mananger Danny Williams ignored Peter Noble's knee ligament injury when he snapped him up from Newcastle for £8,000 in January 1968.
His league career spanned 20 years and he scored 146 goals in nearly 600 league appearances.
He played in all but one of Town's 61 games of the 1968-69 season and hit 20 goals, including the semi-final replay against Burnley when he suffered a broken shoulder blade, which he only found out about five years later.
He scored the third and decisive goal which took Town to Wembley. In June 1973, he was sold to Burnley for £40,000 and played in the top flight as a full back.
He became the team's penalty taker and scored 28 out of 28 spot kicks for the Clarets.
In 1980 he moved to Blackpool and played in the same side as future Town players Dave Bamber and Dave Hockaday.
By that time he had already opened Peter Noble Sport Ltd, which has been established in Burnley for 21 years.

DON ROGERS
The best player to come through the ranks at Swindon Town, Don made his debut just 22 days after his 17th birthday in November 1963 and helped Town to promotion to the old second division that season.
The following year he was in the youth team which reached the final of the FA Youth Cup only to lose to a Manchester United team which included George Best.
He dazzled defences and the First Division beckoned but Swindon reused to sell him and an offer from Liverpool was turned down.
He scored 90 goals in three seasons and Town eventually had to sell him due to financial problems. Former boss Bert Head, who gave him his chance in 1963, took him to Crystal Palace for £155,000 in October 1972.
He then went on to QPR for £200,000 in 1974 but briefly came back to Swindon in a deal which took Peter Eastoe to west London.
He has continued to develop his sports shop business, which he began in his playing days, and is currently the manager of Ryman League Hungerford Town.

WILLIE PENMAN
Scot Willie Penman, who came on as a substitute for John Smith in the big game, late in normal time, started his career by signing professional forms with Rangers in 1960.
He moved to Newcastle three years later and won a Second Division championship medal in 1965 before signing for Town in the opening days of the 1966-67 campaign.
He was used commonly as 12th man in the League Cup campaign but proved a vital weapon, scoring against Coventry in the fourth round replay.
He signed for Walsall in August 1970 and was part of the management team of both Dundalk, with former team-mate John Smith, and Cheltenham Town.
After a spell in America with Seattle Sounders in the North American Soccer League, he managed Redditch United and helped out at Sutton Coldfield before staring up his own direct delivery business in Walsall, where he still lives aged 59.


© 1999, Newsquest (Wiltshire) Ltd.


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