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The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport) by Paul McGuigan

The Greatest Footballer You Never Saw: The Robin Friday Story (Mainstream Sport) by Paul McGuigan

Author:Paul McGuigan [McGuigan, Paul]
Language: eng
Format: azw3
Publisher: Mainstream Publishing
Published: 2011-05-05T16:00:00+00:00


Reading Evening Post, 16 October 1975

Reading manager Charlie Hurley is strongly tipped to become the new manager of Sheffield United. I understand he is favourite to take over at Bramhall Lane from Ken Furphy who was sacked last year. A former Eire international. Hurley has been in charge at Elm Park since January ’72. He felt at the time that he did not have enough experience to become a Division One boss but now I fancy Hurley, at the age of just 38, might have the confidence to jump at the chance.

Reading Evening Post, 20 October 1975

Barnsley 4 Reading 2

. . . Reading’s two goals in the 4–2 defeat came from the most and least predictable sources – Robin Friday, of course, and Stewart Henderson. It was Friday’s seventh of the season . . . The big number 9, Reading’s star man, headed home from a cross at close range after John Murray had flicked the ball up.

Reading Evening Post, 22 October 1975

Newport County 0 Reading 0

Eamon Dunphy had atrocious luck when a superb pass from Friday bobbled just in front of him, causing him to volley over. Both Whitham and Hiron failed by inches to turn Robin Friday crosses into empty nets . . . Meanwhile, Steve Death didn’t have one direct shot to bother with . . . Once again, however, we were left to reflect on a string of chances and what might have been.

Reading Evening Post, 21 October 1975

Reading 2 Huddersfield 0

. . . Reading’s players launch a fierce attack on the Elm Park fans who jeered them throughout their 2–0 win over Huddersfield. The team are bitterly upset at what they consider unfair treatment by their own supporters. Several players were astonished when they heard the fans humming the death march on Saturday. Top scorer Robin Friday said. ‘That crowd makes me sick. All the time they seemed to be picking on Gordon Cumming, but he’s played consistently well all season.’ But Cumming, who scored Reading’s first goal, said, ‘They don’t upset me.’ Midfielder Eamon Dunphy said, ‘When they started humming the death march I have never heard anything like it in all my years of professional football. The key to the problem on Saturday was Huddersfield. They were the sort of side who would make any team look bad. They were extremely hard to beat but we had to keep on trying to play football.’ Manager Charlie Hurley said, ‘What I think of our fans is unprintable. I don’t mind them shouting at me but I don’t want them upsetting my players. People must realise that sometimes you have to sit until the 89th minute to get the winning goal. But if they want us to play kick and rush, that’s the best way to invite defeat.’

Reading Evening Post, 26 October 1975

The Reading players’ attack for the treatment they got from the home crowd on Saturday during the 2–0 win over Huddersfield has got the fans talking. Meanwhile, Charlie Hurley has asked me to



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