• Short Summary

    In this all-Lancashire
    semi-final battle, Bolton fans got the first chance to cheer when Skipper Johnny
    Higgins won the toss. 75,000 fans were packing Maine Road when Blackburn kicked
    off - and they certainly looked unfamiliar in those stripes shirts.

  • Description

    In this all-Lancashire
    semi-final battle, Bolton fans got the first chance to cheer when Skipper Johnny
    Higgins won the toss. 75,000 fans were packing Maine Road when Blackburn kicked
    off - and they certainly looked unfamiliar in those stripes shirts. Both teams
    had to change. First Division Bolton soon mastered those semi-final nerves. But
    when Blackburn did get going - their loyal fans soon recognised the attractive
    football (inspired by Johnny Carey) that has brought them Cup and League Double
    hopes...

    After eighteen minutes, Blackburn took the lead - Peter Dobing heading a great
    goal.

    The Rovers were now in their stride; but that hard-tackling Bolton defence was
    giving no more chances; Finally, the Wanderers surged upfield - and with
    Blackburn appealing for off-side - Gubbins slipped the ball home.

    One minute later, Bolton struck again. following a free kick by Banks - Gubbins
    proved and able deputy for Nat Lofthouse.

    In was still Bolton two: Blackburn one - when Gubbins set the ball rolling for
    the second period.

    Again, the hard quick tackling defences set the pattern for the game... The
    forwards seldom had time to get in shooting range - and when they did - a
    moment's hesitation - and the chance was lost.

    For Blackburn - the constructive football of Kokerslay and Clayton was always
    sending the forwards on flying riads...

    And several times the Bolton defenders just had to concede ground.... But Bolton
    - (the bargain - basement team that cost only GBP110) had one priceless asset -
    team-spirit. And it was chiefly that quality that carried them to a two-one
    victory and their seventh Final...

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAJVYZS1CNR2F0NH26EEISQS6Q
    Media URN:
    VLVAAJVYZS1CNR2F0NH26EEISQS6Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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