WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

We catch up with Ori­ent’s 1969-70 Divi­sion Three cham­pi­ons

The Football League Paper - - INSIDE: - By Neil Fissler

ORI­ENT started the Swing­ing Six­ties with pro­mo­tion to the First Divi­sion for the only time in the club’s his­tory but then suf­fered two rel­e­ga­tions in four sea­sons.

They ended the decade by win­ning only their sec­ond league ti­tle, af­ter the Divi­sion Three (South) crown that came in 1955/56.

Us­ing only 16 play­ers all sea­son, they took the Divi­sion Three crown with 62 points, two more than run­ners-up Lu­ton.

Tommy Tay­lor, Mick Jones, Barry Dyson and Peter Allen played all 46 games, while Den­nis Rofe missed one game, Ray God­dard two and Micky Bul­lock four.

Bul­lock was top scorer with 19 goals, while Bar­rie Fair­brother hit 13 goals.

Cap­tain Terry Mancini says they had the per­fect side.

“We had beaten Shrews­bury to stay up the pre­vi­ous sea­son and then went on to win the league,” he said.

“We had a good blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence. We had some jok­ers and some se­ri­ous guys. It was a great time to be in­volved with the club.

“Tommy Tay­lor and Den­nis Rofe were only 18 when they got into the side. Both of them went on to do very good things. (Bar­rie) Fair­brother was an­other young­ster who got into the side.

“Our goal­keeper, Ray God­dard, was very un­der-rated. He never gets a men­tion. Peter Allen in front of us in mid­field was also un­der-rated.

“He pro­tected the back four, and you wouldn’t want to meet him in a dark al­ley! He never pulled out of any­thing. He was solid and de­pend­able.

“Then we had the two wingers, Peter Brabrook and Mark Lazarus. Both were stars, hugely ex­pe­ri­enced. They could get us out of trou­ble.”

Mancini al­most missed the ti­tle run-in af­ter break­ing his leg against Tran­mere in Jan­uary and re­mem­bers the re­lief of re­turn­ing to ac­tion.

He says he shed tears of joy and pain at the same time, af­ter a game against Don­caster at Belle Vue on Easter Mon­day.

“I broke my fibula against Tran­mere and I was out for two months,” he said. “But we had a spell of post­pone­ments and Jimmy Bloom­field wanted me in the team.

“When they took the plas­ter off my leg, I thought ‘this is easy, I’ll be play­ing in a week’ but I couldn’t even put my weight on the leg.

“I came back at Ply­mouth and played three times in four days. The last one was at Don- caster and we won 1-0, I think with an own goal.

“How in the hell I got through that game I don’t know, but I re­mem­ber lay­ing on the bench in the dress­ing room and cry­ing my eyes out be­cause my leg hurt that much.

“We didn’t lose two matches in a row that sea­son. We all wanted to do well for the club, even if it meant play­ing when we weren’t fit.”

1. Terry Bris­ley: Mid­fielder who won pro­mo­tions with Mill­wall and Portsmouth. Worked as a bro­ker in the City of Lon­don and is now a gar­dener in Brent­wood, Es­sex.

2. Peter Allen: A mid­fielder who holds Ori­ent’s ap­pear­ance record. Qual­i­fied as a so­lic­i­tor and started his own practice Deibel & Allen in Port­slade, Sus­sex.

3. Dick Plume: Mid­fielder who ran a beach bar and coached in the United States un­til re­turn­ing to live near Dover, where he ran pubs and then started his own cater­ing busi­ness.

4. Mick Jones: Full-back who made 300-plus ap­pear­ances. Now re­tired af­ter liv­ing and work­ing in his na­tive Berkham­sted in Hert­ford­shire. 5. Brian Scrimshaw: A for­ward who is now liv­ing in Hove, East Sus­sex. He be­came a school teacher and has been in­volved in prop­erty man­age­ment.

6. Char­lie Simp­son: Ori­ent’s long serv­ing first-team trainer and physio. 7. Peter An­gell: The first team coach sadly col­lapsed and died of a heart at­tack dur­ing a train­ing run in July 1979, aged 47. 8. Terry Mancini: Repub­lic of Ire­land cen­tral de­fender who later won a pro­mo­tion with QPR. He has had var­i­ous busi­ness in­ter­ests and is now run­ning a travel and events com­pany. 9. Steve Bow­tel: Goal­keeper who ran a video shop in his na­tive Beth­nal Green be­fore be­com­ing a taxi driver. 10. Ray God­dard: Goal­keeper who won pro­mo­tions with Mill­wall and Wim­ble­don. Ran a bar on the Costa del Sol for many years but died fol­low­ing a stroke in De­cem­ber 2007. 11. Dave Harper: Eng­land youth mid­fielder who won two pro­mo­tions at Mill­wall. Owned a sand­wich bar, was a cab driver and then ran a pub. He died in 2013. Son Frank is an ac­tor. 12. Peter Brabrook: Eng­land winger who won FA Cup and Cup Win­ners’ Cup hon­ours at West Ham. Ran a butcher’s shop and worked for a pa­per firm. He died in De­cem­ber last year. 13. Jimmy Bloom­field: The man­ager had two spells at Bris­bane Road and later coached at Lu­ton un­til his death from cancer in 1983, aged 49. 14. Mark Lazarus: Striker who won the League Cup and Divi­sion Three dou­ble with QPR. He was a min­der for snooker play­ers and ran a Rom­ford-based re­movals busi­ness. 15. Mickey Bul­lock: Cen­tre-for­ward who won a pro­mo­tion with Ox­ford, man­aged Hal­i­fax, Goole and Os­sett Town. He also scouted for Here­ford and Portsmouth and was an in­sur­ance con­sul­tant. 16. Terry Par­menter: A winger who was con­verted into a full­back. Now re­tired and liv­ing near his na­tive Rom­ford. 17. Barry Dyson: Cen­tre-for­ward who won five pro­mo­tions. Ran his own haulage com­pany in Colch­ester un­til he died in Fe­bru­ary 1995 aged 53, a month af­ter suf­fer­ing a heart at­tack. 18. Den­nis Rofe: The left-back later won a Divi­sion Two ti­tle with Le­ices­ter City. He man­aged Bris­tol Rovers and Bournemouth, as well as hav­ing lengthy spells coach­ing at Southamp­ton. 19. Bar­rie Fair­brother: For­ward who later won pro­mo­tion with Mill­wall. Now based in Queens­land, Aus­tralia, where for more than 30 years he has worked in the prop­erty busi­ness.

NOT PIC­TURED

Tommy Tay­lor: Cen­tral de­fender who was an FA Cup win­ner with West Ham. He man­aged Ori­ent for five years and is now re­serve team boss at Roys­ton Town. Mal­colm Slater: Scot­land am­a­teur winger. He be­came a re­gional man­ager with Com­bined In­sur­ance Com­pany of Amer­ica and set­tled at West­cliff-on-Sea, Es­sex. Eric Whit­ing­ton: Mid­fielder who played for Craw­ley Town, like son Craig. Lives in Brighton and has been in­volved in prop­erty de­vel­op­ment.

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