Caernarvon Select XI v Manchester City friendly 1969/70

carnavon away 1969 to 70 prog



19th July 1969

Attendance 6,000 approx

City ?
Caernarvon Walley(22)

Ref G Hughes

City Dowd, Book, Pardoe, Doyle, Booth, Oakes, Summerbee, Bell, Lee, Young, Coleman – subs Corrigan(45), Own, Bowyer

Caernarvon Roberts, Sear, Jones, Robertson, Walley, Lennard, Flower, Lawther, Hughes, Vernon, Scullion – sub Talbot

The match had been planned as part of the celebrations of Prince Charles which had taken place at the start of the month at Caernafon Castle.
Joe Mercer kept his promise to start with the Cup winning team to the delight of about 6,000 fans packed into the small Oval ground.
It was a leisurely first 20 minutes, with City mostly on the attack, but all they could muster was a blocked shot from Mike Doyle and a weak shot by Mike Summerbee which was easily saved by the keeper.
Then the goal came for the Welsh with Watford’s, Tom Walley, who had started his career at Caernafon Town in 1963, and was captain for the day, scoring a dream goal. He picked the ball up from Lawther in the City half then dribbled through two attempted tackles before unleashing a 20 yard shot high into the net.
The Blues were then under pressure further as Caernavon pushed forward several times before Tony Coleman on the break was inches wide with a 25 yard drive.
There was plenty more goalmouth action, but the pitch was in a bad state and made the ball hard to control, indeed City players claimed the ball itself was actually out of shape, despite this the Blues went on to equalise in the second half.

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  1. Went to this game played at the Oval, famous name but essentially an average non league ground a bit like Hyde United’s. Decent turn out of City fans. City paraded the FA Cup won against Leicester City at the end of the 68/69 season before the game. The programme listed Caernarvon team to include Gordon Banks, Cliff Sear, Glyn James (Blackpool and Wales),Chris Nichol (Halifax soon to sign for Aston Villa) Ian Moir (ex United), Freddie Hill (Bolton, future City) and Roy Vernon (ex Everton, Stoke). I can’t remember the score, I think we won it 1-0 in a very poor typical pre season run out. High light was definately the Cup being paraded.

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