The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO RESULTS - By Neil Fissler

FORBES Phillip­son-Masters was the most re­lieved man in Bris­tol when the Robins won pro­mo­tion back to Divi­sion Three.

City had dropped like a stone through the Foot­ball League af­ter suf­fer­ing suc­ces­sive rel­e­ga­tions in the early 1980’s.

They had con­sol­i­dated in the base­ment divi­sion for one sea­son be­fore launch­ing a push for pro­mo­tion and ev­ery­thing was go­ing to plan.

Terry Cooper’s side had kept up with the front run­ners all sea­son but they needed to get some­thing from a trip to Chester’s Sealand Road to en­sure pro­mo­tion was in their own hands.

But a mis­take from Phillip­son-Masters al­lowed Peter Zelem to give the home side the lead briefly. The tide how­ever turned with Trevor Mor­gan scor­ing a dou­ble while the send­ing off of Chester winger David Brett also helped the cause.

“I had a night­mare. I was at fault for their goal but at least we came back strongly.We didn’t want to do it the easy way,” laughs Phillip­son-Masters.

“It would have been aw­ful if it had cost us pro­mo­tion. We used to push out when we had a free kick against us and I had to do the call.

“But I was that busy mak­ing sure ev­ery­one had heard the call I stayed where I was. I played ev­ery­one on and the guy scored.

“The minute we equalised Glyn Ri­ley came run­ning over to me and said.‘ It doesn’t mat­ter we are back in it’.

“The most dis­ap­point­ing thing was we didn’t win the ti­tle, even now I look back and think we were good enough. Terry Cooper filled us all with con­fi­dence. And it was good to go back so quickly af­ter be­ing rel­e­gated.

“When I look back we were all on pretty much the same amount of money, on the same type of con­tract, there was no ill feel­ing be­tween any of the play­ers.

“It was good for team spirit, you nor­mally get one or two earn­ing alot more or hav­ing this and that. It up­sets the team.

“We were very lucky. We re­ally wanted to get pro­moted. I think dur­ing the close sea­son we were all to­gether and worked hard.

“We had alot of con­fi­dence in each other, and said we were go­ing to get pro­moted. We had such a good squad and set of lads that it would be have been a real shame if we hadn’t won pro­mo­tion.”

1. Paul Stevens: A sales rep for Rem­ploy for 13 years. He now works for Mizuno and is head of UK Sports.

2. Kevin Mea­cock: Set­tled in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia and is cur­rently direc­tor of youth coach­ing at Bris­bane Force and also coaches at the Univer­sity of Queens­land.

3. Rus­sell Musker: Spent a decade as man­ager of Taun­ton, be­fore mov­ing onto Totnes & Dart­ing­ton and then Stoke Gabriel while work­ing in a car­pet


4. Paul Wil­liams: Lives and works in his na­tive Devon af­ter play­ing for Ex­eter, Sal­tash and Bath.

5. Gary Wil­liams: Re­turned to Bris­tol where he went into li­censed trade at the Horse & Groom near Ash­ton Gate with his father Alan who also served Bris­tol City. Now lives in Spain.

6. Clive Middlemass: He man­aged Carlisle and Burn­ley be­fore work­ing as chief scout at a num­ber of clubs, lat­terly Derby.

7. Rob New­man: Man­aged Southend and Cam­bridge United, he also worked as as­sis­tant man­ager of Bournemouth then scouted for Wi­gan and now Manch­ester City.

8. Alan Ni­cholls: Forced to re­tire af­ter badly break­ing his leg play­ing for the re­serves, and is now based in York­shire where he runs a High Mast com­pany called Out­door High­light­ing.

9. John Shaw: Set­tled in the Bris­tol area and is work­ing as a painter and dec­o­ra­tor.

10. Forbes Phillip­son-Masters: Lives in Dorset, where he was a painter and dec­o­ra­tor but has now be­come in­volved in build­ing and de­vel­op­ing.

11. John Palmer: Af­ter re­turn­ing to play at his home­town club Weston-su­per-Mare, he is now liv­ing and work­ing in Cleve­don.

12. Alex Lock­hart: The physio is now run­ning his own prac­tice, the Lock­hart Phys­io­ther­apy Clinic in Ab­bots Leigh, Bris­tol.

13. Jon Economou: He is still based in Bris­tol and joined Fu­jitsu af­ter leav­ing the game. Has worked his way up to be­come an area man­ager.

14. Alan Craw­ford: Was a painter & dec­o­ra­tor in Back­well near Bris­tol then coached at Black­pool, Stock­port, West Brom, Not­ting­ham For­est and scouted for Rother­ham.

15. Tom Ritchie: Af­ter two spells at Ash­ton Gate he set­tled in Cleve­don and is a post­man.

16. Terry Cooper: Man­aged both Bris­tol clubs, Birm­ing­ham and had two spells at Ex­eter, then spent 11 years as Southamp­ton’s Euro­pean scout. Is now re­tired liv­ing in Tener­ife.

17. Howard Pritchard: Works as a van driver for Fren­chay Health Author­ity and also has his own driv­ing school in Flax Bour­ton, Bris­tol.

18. Wayne Bray: Now lives in Bris­ling­ton, Bris­tol and has been a car­pen­ter for 20 years, runs his own busi­ness fit­ting kitchens and bed­room fur­ni­ture.

19. Glyn Ri­ley: Now based in Weston-su­per-Mare and started a soft fur­nish­ing busi­ness with his wife Machell. NOT PIC­TURED Keith Curle: Went onto play for Manch­ester City, Wolves and Eng­land. Has also man­aged Mans­field, Chester, Torquay and Notts County.

Bruce Hal­l­i­day: Spent 20 years in the fi­nan­cial in­dus­try and is busi­ness devel­op­ment man­ager for Van­guard in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia.

Martyn Hirst: A Bris­tol Univer­sity stu­dent, spent time work­ing in the travel in­dus­try.

Ken Stroud: Set­tled in Swin­don and has run the Kings­bridge House Ho­tel in the town.

John Kerr: Chester’s com­mu­nity and youth devel­op­ment of­fi­cer but died in Spain, June 2006 aged 46.




















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