WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Cardiff City’s Division Three runnersup from 1975-76
CARDIFF CITY had just been relegated from the Second Division and boss Jimmy Andrews had one simple remit – to get promoted at the first attempt.
The Scot had been a winger in the decade after the Second World War with Dundee, West Ham, Leyton Orient and QPR.
He had taken over at Ninian Park in 1974 after Frank O’Farrell was sacked but was unable to prevent relegation in his first season in charge.
Andrews brought in two goalscorers – Preston-born Australian international Adrian Alston from Luton and Tony Evans from Blackpool.
Alston, who played for Australia in the 1974 World Cup in Germany, scored 14 and Evans was leading scorer with 21.
Alston got a brace on his debut against Chesterfield on October 31 in a 4-3 win, while Evans got one of the others, along with Willie Anderson, and the partnership never looked back.
Veteran Welsh international Mike England was brought in from Tottenham to shore things up at the back and the three signings played a major part in the success.
Derek Showers had to watch promotion unfold from the sidelines after losing his place in the side to the new hit-men.
Showers, who is a regular at the Cardiff City Stadium, admits that he still enjoyed the promotionwinning campaign that saw Cardiff finish second, six points behind Hereford.
“It was because Jimmy signed Tony and Adrian that we won promotion that season,” he said. “Jimmy saw what needed to be done and brought them in.
“But it was also the signing of Mike England at centre-back. Mike was top class. I know that he was coming towards the end of his career, but he still did a good job.
“He really organised everything at the back and was a still a very, very good player.
“I was frustrated having to sit on the bench, or even play in the reserves, but I still enjoyed that season because I’d been there for nine or ten years. I was almost a local lad coming from Merthyr, so I was happy to be at the club.” 1. Phil Dwyer: A Bluebirds legend, he became a policeman for 15 years and now works as a freelance legal representative in Cardiff. 2. Doug Livermore: He went into coaching with Cardiff and worked for a number of clubs, including Tottenham and Wales. His last job was at Leicester City. He lives in Romford, Essex. 3. John Buchanan: Returned to his native Dingwall. Has managed Ross County and Brora Rangers and has worked as a butcher. 4. Freddie Pethard: Settled in Torquay and joined the Devon Probation Service. Subsequently, became the manager of the Torbay Youth Offending Team. 5. Richie Morgan: Went on to manage the Bluebirds, Barry Town and Cardiff Corries. After a spell as Cardiff’s general manager, ran Gremer Chemicals in Tremorfa. 6. Brian Clark: He worked as a sales rep for a safety equipment company and lived in retirement in Cardiff until his death in August 2010, aged 67. 7. Ron Healey: After working in a series of factories, he went to work in Stya Prison in Cheshire and runs a goalkeeping school with son Scott in Manchester. 8. Adrian Alston: A Preston-born Australian who has managed a host of clubs Down Under. Cared for people with intellectual disabilities in Wollongong, New South Wales. 9. Bill Irwin: Settled in the United States and worked alongside former Cardiff team-mate Clive Charles at University of Portland, where he has been since 1987. Is currently head coach. Also bosses the USA under-23 women’s team. 10. Keith Pontin: A Wales international defender, he was the assistant manager of Barry Town and has been working as a postman in the Cardiff area for many years. 11. Martin Morgan: He is living in the Port Talbot area and has worked locally after leaving for the semi-professional game. 12. Derek Showers: A Wales international who worked as a youth team coach at Cardiff before going to work for the Royal Mail in his native Merthyr Tydfil. 13. Albert Larmour: A former welder who settled in Torquay. Worked as a sales rep for Welbro and then became a director of Exeter-based Parkin’s Industrial Supplies. 14. Willie Anderson: Moved to Oregon,USA, to work as an executive with a local radio station. He is also coaching BSC Portland. 15. Ken Whitfield: Assistant manager under his former QPR team-mate Jimmy Andrews. He remained in South Wales until his death in 1995. 16. Gerry Byrne: After hanging up his boots, he became a postman in Cardiff until retiring for a second time. 17. Peter Sayer: The Welsh international worked as commercial and community assistant at Preston North End. Is now bar manager for a golf club in the town. 18. Tony Evans: Settled in the Black County where he became a social worker and ran the community scheme at one of his former clubs, Wolves. 19. Gil Reece: Ran a plumbing and heating business before owning a hotel in Cardiff, where he died in December 2003, aged 61, following a long illness. 20. Jimmy Andrews: Coached at QPR, Chelsea and Tottenham and later scouted for Southampton. Lived in Cowbridge until his death in September 2012, aged 85. 21. Mike England: Ran an antique shop in Seattle before managing Wales. After leaving the game, he ran a nursing home in his native North Wales. 22. Clive Charles: Settled in the United States where he held a number of coaching posts and also worked in television until his death from cancer in August 2003, aged 51. 23. David Giles: Managed Ebbw Vale and worked as a double glazing salesman, then as a television pundit and journalist in South Wales. 24. Tony Villars: An apprentice electrician, he left football at 25. Became a milkman for 17 years. Now lives in Henllys, Cwmbran, and has been a driver for delivery firm DHL. 25. Brian Attley: The nephew of Len, who played for Cardiff in the 1930s, is living in Barry and has worked for a floor tiling company.