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Woodcock puts Bracknell back on top

The latest from Richard Milam's scrapbook

Woodcock puts Bracknell back on top

Richard Milam has been going through his scrap book again and sent us this latest offering from his full Bracknell Town debut that featured a brace from the legendary Jimmy Woodcock.

Richard writes: Today’s offering comes from Saturday 20th March 1976.

Yes, 44 years ago! Here I am at 19 years old making my Bracknell Town first team full debut. I was only told on the day as my good friend Graham Harvey, who I played youth and county football with, had not recovered from his injury. So I was starting.

We also had another debutant on the day, one, Andi Beales the goal keeper.

Strangely I first met Andi Beales, when I was just 10, on a summer soccer school at Bulmershe run by Reading FC. Coached by a chap called Dave Bacuzzi.

The game itself, I remember it being a very hot afternoon and the pace of the game seemed very quick on a hard bouncy pitch. I started right side of midfield.

Bealesy had a good game. He went on to better things. Playing at Reading and a couple of other professional teams.

We won the game 2-1, Jimmy Woodcock added to his goal tally with two more goals. In a season where he scored 48 goals. 18 Penalties and the rest he scored from inside the box. Great goal scorer!

The team played a great game on the day as you can see from the newspaper report.

We all got high marks from the reporter. I was more than happy with my 8 on debut.

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