THE WEEK THAT WAS
September 21, 1996: Bradford City parade the oldest mascot ever in their game v Bolton Wanderers in 90-yearold Harold Farnell. September 22, 1973: Kenneth Randall misses a penalty for Notts County v Portsmouth but it has to be re-taken. Don Masson replaces Randall but also misses. It has to be retaken for a third time, but Brian Stubbs misses too! September 23, 2002:The Scottish Referees’ Association signs a £1m sponsorship deal with Specsavers! September 24, 1949: Peter Desmond plays for Middlesbrough reserves v Horden Colliery; three days earlier he was in the Republic of Ireland team that beat England 2-0. September 25, 1988: Goldstone Ground, home of Brighton, boasts its biggest crowd of the season –15,000 for a Roman Catholic service! September 26, 1972: Carlisle’s floodlights are installed prior to their match v Blackpool but the 3.5 Kilowatt mercury bulbs blind motorists on the M6 over two miles away and have to be adjusted. September 27, 1973: After leading Benfica to the Portuguese championship for two consecutive seasons manager Jimmy Hagan leaves after a dispute with the board over eam selection for Eusebio’s benefit match.