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Complete Who's Who by Shirt Number (very long thread)


Here it is at last, a fairly comprehensive Who's Who by Shirt Number covering Roy Race’s playing career with Melchester Rovers team from 1955 through to 1993 ...

SHIRT NO. 1

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 1 goalkeeper was LEN DOLLAND, who was part of the 1958 Division One Championship team ...

At the start of the 1958/59 season TUBBY MORTON became the next to don the Number 1 shirt, winning many domestic and European trophies over the course of several successful seasons ...

When Tubby was injured at the start of the 1973/74 season his place was taken by CHARLIE 'THE CAT' CARTER, who also won many domestic, European and international honours ...

Tubby Morton briefly returned to first team duty in the early part of the 1982/83 season, while Charlie was recovering from injury ...

A couple of backup goalkeepers who also made appearances for the first team included TERRY VENNER during the 1976/77 season and SANDY EVANS during the 1979/80 season ...

WALTER WILLIAMS was promoted from the youth team and became the regular backup goalkeeper during the 1980/81 season and was part of the 1984 FA Cup winning side, before transferring to Kingsbay during the 1985/86 season ...

ANDY 'STREAKY' STYLES moved up from the youth team during the 1984/85 season and soon became the new first team goalkeeper, replacing the injured Charlie Carter ...

Arsenal legend BOB WILSON was signed as cover for the injured Andy Styles and became the regular first team goalkeeper for the 1985/86 season, playing as part of the 1986 Milk Cup winning team ...

Andy Styles eventually lost his place when NICK 'RAPPER' HARDISTY was signed for £1 million from Railford Town in 1992 ...

Veteran goalkeeper Charlie Carter continued to make occasional appearances as backup for the younger players ...


SHIRT NO. 2

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 2 shirt was worn by DAVE WILLIAMS, who was Rovers' regular right-back for over ten years ...

When Dave was forced to retire through injury after a charity speedway accident just prior to the start of the 1966/67 season DEREK MILLAR was promoted from the reserve team, winning several trophies over the next few years ...

When Derek left football in the summer of 1971 to become an engineer he was replaced by youth team player NOEL BAXTER, who became a mainstay of the team for many years and also became an England international ...

When Noel was forced out of the side with a long term injury during the 1979/80 season he was replaced by VIC GUTHRIE, a new signing from Westbury Town who could play in a number of different positions ...

Noel eventually recovered and reclaimed the Number 2 shirt during the following season, with Vic Guthrie switching to Number 5 ...

ERROL BRIDGER was promoted from the youth team during an injury crisis in the 1983/84 season and was part of the 1984 FA Cup winning side, although he was unable to displace Noel on a regular basis ...

Following the death of Noel Baxter during the Basran tragedy STEVE 'NOBBY' WOOTEN moved up from the youth team at the start of the 1986/87 season, playing in the right-back position for many years to come ...


SHIRT NO. 3

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 3 shirt was worn by DOUG 'BOB' ROBERTS, who was Rovers' regular left-back for over ten years ...

When Bob was forced to retire through injury after a charity speedway accident just prior to the start of the 1966/67 season KEN COOPER was promoted from the reserve team, winning several trophies over the next few years ...

When Ken left football in the summer of 1971 to become an engineer he was replaced by RALPH DERRY, who was signed from Westbank Athletic ...

When Ralph broke his leg during the 1975/76 season he was replaced by Scotland international DUNCAN McKAY, who was signed from Portdean and was a vital part of the team for many years ...

Duncan was more or less an ever-present in the side during his Rovers career, but did miss out on the 1984 FA Cup final victory due to injury; defensive regular STEVE NAYLOR filled in at Number 3 ...

When Duncan was transfer-listed at the start of the 1990/91 season his place was filled by DES CHAPMAN, a promising defender promoted from the youth team ...


SHIRT NO. 4

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 4 shirt was worn by HUGHIE GRIFFITHS, who was Rovers' regular right-half for several seasons ...

When Hughie retired at the start of the 1962/63 season he was replaced by new signing ALBERT 'BOMBER' REEVES, a former Royal Marine commando ...

When Bomber was forced to retire through injury early in the 1968/69 season he was replaced by young midfielder GEOFF GILES, who became an England international and was a mainstay of the team until transferring to Melboro at the start of the 1980/81 season ...

During the 1980/81 season the Number 4 shirt was shared between youth team player STEVE NAYLOR and NAT 'GRANDAD' GOSDEN, an experienced former England international (nearing the end of his career) who signed from Oldfield ...

Over the course of the next few seasons the Number 4 shirt alternated between NAT 'GRANDAD' GOSDEN, STEVE NAYLOR, JIMMY SLADE and MARK BUTLER (who signed from Holverton during the 1982/83 season) ...

Following the deaths of Steve Naylor and Jimmy Slade during the Basran tragedy just prior to the start of the 1986/87 season MARK 'CRACKER' GRAY (son of Blackie Gray) moved up from the youth team, becoming a regular in Rovers’ new-look team ...

Over the course of the next few seasons Cracker faced competition from the likes of fellow midfielder TERRY SPRING and his even own father WILLIAM 'BLACKIE' GRAY, who wore the Number 4 shirt during the 1990 FA Cup final ...

At the start of the 1990/91 season defender ALEX RITCHIE, another product of the youth team, began a short stint at Number 4 until losing his place to German international defender KARL BRUCKNER, a new signing from Dynamo Bresden, during the 1991/92 season ...


SHIRT NO. 5

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 5 shirt was worn by ANDY McDONALD, who was Rovers' regular centre-half and club captain for the first few seasons ...

When Andy retired at the start of the 1958/59 season he was replaced at centre-half by PADDY RYAN, who won a number of domestic honours with the club ...

Local journalist DON PIKE played in the 1961 FA Cup final when Paddy was unavailable due to injury, but returned to his day job soon after ...

When Paddy retired during the 1961/62 season he was replaced OSSIE JONES, a Welsh cente-half from the Rhonda Valley who won a number of domestic honours with the club ...

When Ossie left the club to manage Highwood at the start of the 1968/69 season he was intially replaced by DOUGLAS BALLARD, a record signing from Carford United ...

Ballard was sacked following a series of temperamental outbursts after only a few months and was quickly replaced by ANDY CROYDON, who went on to win several domestic and European trophies with the club ...

At the start of the 1973/74 season JIMMY SLADE took over the Number 5 shirt, replacing the injured Andy Croydon, and went on to become an England international and regular trophy winner ...

Due to injuries youth team player MARK PRICE was given an extended run in the side, wearing the Number 5 shirt, during the 1980/81 season ...

Once the injury crisis was over VIC GUTHRIE took possession of the Number 5 shirt on a regular basis, although defensive regular STEVE NAYLOR also filled in occasionally ...

Following the death of Vic Guthrie during the Basran tragedy just prior to the start of the 1986/87 season central defender BRUNO JOHNSON was signed from Melchester University, playing a key role in the new-look Rovers team ...

When Bruno returned to Melchester University in the summer of the 1990 the Number 5 shirt was filled by veteran defender JOHNNY DEXTER, switching from the Number 6 shirt he had worn during the previous four seasons ...


SHIRT NO. 6

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 6 shirt was worn by BUSTER BROWN, who was Rovers' regular left-half for over ten seasons ...

When Buster retired early in the 1968/69 season he was replaced by England international LOFTY PEAK, who signed from Kingsbay and played a vital part of the Rovers defence for many seasons ...

After Lofty retired in 1979 the Number 6 shirt was taken by MERVYN WALLACE, having moved into midfield from the right wing position ...

Due to injuries youth team player ALAN LYNCH was given an extended run in the side, wearing the Number 6 shirt, during the 1980/81 season ...

Over the course of the next few seasons the Number 6 shirt alternated between MERVYN WALLACE, JIMMY SLADE, STEVE NAYLOR and MARK BUTLER ...

Regular squad player and perennial substitute TREVOR CASSIDY also wore the Number 6 shirt on occasions, most notably due to an injury crisis when he featured as part of the 1984 FA Cup winning side ...

Liverpool legend EMLYN 'CRAZY HORSE' HUGHES was signed to provide more experience and wore the Number 6 shirt for much of the 1985/86 season, playing as part of the 1986 Milk Cup winning team before leaving the club when his contract ended that summer ...

Following the deaths of Jimmy Slade and Steve Naylor during the Basran tragedy just prior to the start of the 1986/87 season former England international defender JOHNNY DEXTER was signed on a free transfer from Burnside Athletic, playing a key role in the new-look Rovers team for a number of seasons ...

When Johnny switched to the Number 5 at the start of the 1990/91 season the Number 6 shirt was filled over the next few seasons by a number of midfield players, notably KEVIN CLARK and TERRY SPRING ...


SHIRT NO. 7

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 7 shirt was worn by CHARLIE KING, who was Rovers' regular outside-right for the 1955/56 season ...

At the start of the 1956/57 season Charlie was replaced by French winger PIERRE DUPONT, who signed from Rochemont Rapides and played as part of the 1958 Division One Championship team ...

When Pierre returned to France at the start of the 1958/59 season he was replaced new signing D ICK STOKES, who became a fixture in the team for several successful seasons ...

Reserve team player TED CARTER came into the team when Stokes was injured early in the 1963/64 season and kept his place until transferring to the Italian league at the start of the 1965/66 season ...

Ted’s replacement at Number 7 was TONY STORME, a British Army officer who won domestic and European honours (and later went on to manage the Rovers) ...

At the start of the 1967/68 season Tony was posted overseas and replaced by new signing TERRY WEST, who played on the right wing for several successful seasons ...

When Terry transferred to Eastoke United early in the 1972/73 season his place was taken by MERVYN WALLACE, who signed from Cranville and became a mainstay of the side for many years (playing initially on the right wing and later in midfield) ...

In 1979 Mervyn's right wing position and the Number 7 shirt was taken by PACO DIAZ, who signed from Real Varagosa and played for four seasons before returning to Spain in 1983 ...

Following the departure of Paco his place was filled temporarily by KENNY LOGAN, GLEN RITCHIE and NEVILLE JONES until former youth team forward ROB RICHARDS switched from Number 8 in late 1983 and took over on a more permanent basis, a position he held for several successful seasons ...

From the 1987/88 season onwards Rob faced stiff competition from recent signing KEVIN CLARK, who went on to play in a number of attacking and midfield positions over the next few years ...

When Rob was injured early in the 1989/90 season (and with Kevin Clark switching between other shirt numbers) his place was taken by midfielder TERRY SPRING, who played in a variety of different shirt numbers during his Rovers career ...

DEREK 'MOZZIE' MOSTIN, a new signing from Selbridge, took over the Number 7 shirt at the start of the 1992/93 season and occupied the position at the time of Roy’s helicopter accident ...


SHIRT NO. 8

No prizes for guessing who wore this shirt!

... WILLIAM 'BLACKIE' GRAY was the regular wearer of the Number 8 shirt, playing first at inside-right and later in midfield ...

During the 1955/56 season Blackie was kept out of the side by Rovers' then record signing ARTY HEDLOW, who signed from Elbury Wanderers but was forced to retire through injury at the end of that season ...

Another challanger for the Number 8 shirt during the 1959/60 season was new signing KEN HARCOMBE, but Blackie was soon able to reclaim his position ...

After Roy was shot during the 1981/82 season Blackie temporarily switched to the Number 9 shirt and the Number 8 shirt was filled by young Scottish forward KENNY LOGAN, a new signing from Strathlane who went on to appear in various attacking shirt numbers until his death during the Basran tragedy of 1986 ...

Blackie returned to the Number 8 shirt when Roy recovered, but again moved to Number 9 when Roy transferred to Walford Rovers in April 1983; his replacement at Number 8 was young forward ROB RICHARDS, a Roy Race lookalike who had recently moved up from the youth team ...

When Roy transferred back to Melchester in November 1983 the Number 8 shirt once again returned to Blackie, with Rob Richards switching to Number 7 ...

However, from the late 1980s onwards Blackie himself faced stiff opposition from players such as ANDY MACLAREN, WES HARPER and KEVIN CLARK, although he remained a valuable squad member throughout ...


SHIRT NO. 9

Again, no prizes for guessing who wore this shirt!

... ROY RACE was Melchester Rovers' first choice centre forward, making his first team debut in 1955 and playing until his helicopter accident in 1993 ...

Roy was appointed club captain in 1958, made his international debut for England in 1963 and became player-manager of the Rovers in 1975 ...

Roy only had two lengthy spells out of the Melchester Number 9 shirt - from December 1981 until May 1982 (after he had been shot), and from April 1983 until November 1983 (when he played for Walford Rovers). During these periods the Number 9 shirt was worn by VIC GUTHRIE, KENNY LOGAN and most notably by BLACKIE GRAY ...

Scottish centre forward ANDY MACLAREN, a £3 million record signing from Glenrath Celtic during the 1989/90 season, also wore the Number 9 shirt when Roy dropped himself to the substitutes bench before switching to Number 8 when Roy returned to the starting line-up ...

Although Roy continued to wear the Number 9 shirt for the rest of his career, following the signing of Andy Maclaren, he played the majority of his games in midfield ...

During his playing career Roy won every major trophy the game had to offer ...

Here is a complete list of Roy's honours:-

League Champions – 1958, 1960, 1963, 1968, 1972, 1977, 1980, 1988, 1992

Second Division Champions – 1982

FA Cup – 1959, 1961, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1984, 1990

League Cup – 1974, 1986, 1987

European Cup – 1964, 1969, 1973

European Cup Winners’ Cup – 1967, 1971, 1975, 1985

UEFA Cup – 1979

World Club Cup – 1964, 1969



SHIRT NO. 10

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 10 shirt was worn by JIM HALLETT, who was Rovers' regular inside-left for several seasons ...

Early in the 1964/65 season the Number 10 shirt was taken by new signing 'JUMBO' TRUDGEON, a multi-millionaire landowner who went on to win many domestic and European trophies with the Rovers ...

During in the 1966/67 season Jumbo was replaced temporarily at inside-left by 'THUMPER' THORP, but soon reclaimed the Number 10 shirt once he was available ...

Jumbo was again replaced temporarily during the 1974/75 season by skilful circus performer SAMMY SPANGLER, but soon reclaimed the Number 10 shirt when Sammy left the club ...

When Jumbo finally retired during the 1975/76 season he was replaced by new signing GERRY HOLLOWAY, a young midfielder who was part of both the 1977 and 1980 Division One Championship winning teams ...

Following an injury to Gerry prior to the start of the 1980/81 season MERVYN WALLACE took over the Number 10 shirt, having worn Number 6 during the previous season ...

During the the coarse of the next few seasons young Scottish forward KENNY LOGAN often shared the Number 10 shirt with Mervyn Wallace ...

Eventually experienced midfielder CARL HUNT became the regular occupant of the Number 10 shirt, having signed from Carford City at the start of the 1984/85 season ...

Following the death of Carl Hunt during the Basran tragedy just prior to the start of the 1986/87 season Rovers signed OLAF 'OLLY' OLSEN, a Danish international midfielder who became part of the new-look team until he returned to Denmark in the summer of 1989 ...

During the 1989/90 season and for several seasons to come the Number 10 shirt alternated between forwards WES HARPER, GARY GUNN and record signing ANDY MACLAREN ...


SHIRT NO. 11

When Roy Race first broke into the first team in 1955 the Number 11 shirt was worn by TOM DAWSON, who was Rovers' regular outside-left for several seasons ...

Early in the 1969/70 season the Number 11 shirt was taken by left-winger VERNON ELIOT, a a new signing from Stanport who went on to win many domestic and European trophies with the Rovers ...

When Vernon was forced to retire through injury at the start of the 1982/83 season he was replaced by GLEN RITCHIE, a new signing from Highland Wanderers, who shared the role for the next two seasons with fellow Scotsman KENNY LOGAN ...

During the 1983/84 season the Number 11 shirt was taken over on a regular basis by winger NEVILLE JONES, a recent signing from fourth division Melton who had a habit of scoring vital goals in cup finals ...

Following the death of Neville Jones during the Basran tragedy just prior to the start of the 1986/87 season Vietnamese left-winger PAK SOON moved up from the youth team, becoming a regular in Rovers’ new-look team ...

From the 1987/88 season onwards Pak also faced competition from recent signing KEVIN CLARK, who went on to play in a number of attacking and midfield positions over the next few years ...

When Pak Soon was injured during the 1989/90 season Kevin Clark took over on a more regular basis and wore the Number 11 shirt during the 1990 FA Cup final ...

Young forward GARY GUNN also made numerous appearances in the Number 11 shirt during the early 1990s ...

From 1992 onwards MATTHEW 'CANNONBALL' CROKER, a new signing from Deans Park, took over the Number 11 shirt and occupied the position at the time of Roy’s helicopter accident ...


SHIRT NO. 12

The first substitute to make an impact was ALEC BLACKBURN, who scored the winning goal against Highwood Athletic to win the Division One championship in 1968 ...

In the 1969 European Cup final CHRIS DYLAN came off the bench to replace the injured Blackie Gray in the 2-1 victory over Santova Rapid ...

Fellow youngsters CHALKY WHITE and EDDIE EAGER also made an impact as substitutes during the same period; both played in the 1972 FA Cup final victory against Cranville Utd (Eddie started the match in place of the injured Terry West, with Chalky replacing Eddie during the match) ...

Chris, Chalky and Eddie were also part of the 1972 Division One championship squad before being released and transferring to other clubs at the start of the following season ...

GRAHAM SHAW was the regular substitute for the next few seasons and came off the bench to replace Lofty Peak in the 1975 European Cup Winners' Cup victory against Niarkos ...

During the 1975/76 season youth team player TREVOR CASSIDY moved up to the first team and became a perennial substitute (occasionally making the starting line-up, most notably the 1984 FA Cup final) until his death during the Basran tragedy of 1986 ...

Perhaps the Rovers' most famous substitute was ROGER 'SUPER-SUB' DIXON, who signed from Kingsbay during the 1976/77 season and scored many vital goals before transferring to Melboro at the start of the 1980/81 season ...

Other occasional squad players during the late 1970s period included LEN PETERS, WILLY EDWARDS, GARY FANE, CYRIL 'STORKY' KNIGHT and TERRY KEELAN ...

NAT 'GRANDAD' GOSDEN, nearing retirement, was named as substitute for the 1984 FA Cup final ...

Spandau Ballet band members STEVE NORMAN and MARTIN KEMP were signed by Roy during the 1985/86 season and went on to make a few substitute appearances before leaving the club due to their musical commitments ...

Scotland international midfielder BRUCE 'PANCHO' MILLER, who signed from the Italian league during the 1986/87 season, added experience to the post-Basran squad and featured as a substitute in the 1987 Littlewoods Cup final ...

Throughout the late 1980s former first team regulars MARK BUTLER and GLEN RITCHIE were also named as substitutes on a fairly regular basis ...

During the 1987/88 season two promising youth players, midfielder TERRY SPRING and forward WES HARPER, made their first substitute appearances before going on to to become first team regulars ...

In the 1990 FA Cup final teenage striker GARY GUNN came off the bench to set up the winning goal for Andy Maclaren in the 2-1 victory against Weston Villa ...

During Roy’s final few seasons as a player the substitutes shirt was filled by more products of the youth team such as ALEX RITCHIE, BROZ BAMBER and TOMMY JOHNSON ...


As always any comments, corrections or further additions are more than welcome!
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You've done a fantastic job! Well done and thanks!
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Couldn't have done it without Brentville, Rob and anyone else who filled in some gaps in previous threads though.

Thanks guys, much appreciated!
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