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No mention of this lad I see, who made Ashley Bayes look like Lev Yashin! Paul McCullough (footballer) - Wikipedia

I remember after one woeful performance, potentially his last, half the Royal Oak trooped down at full time to the players tunnel to scream abuse as the team walked off, I’m ashamed to say I was one of that party.
I put him in my worst three keepers ever as a result of that game, great wedge haircut as I recall though
 

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No mention of this lad I see, who made Ashley Bayes look like Lev Yashin! Paul McCullough (footballer) - Wikipedia
Wasn't he in goal at the start of the season when we played Charlton twice in the LC and in the league for our first three games? Callaghan's revamped side took a while to settle and he let in nine in those three Charlton games I think. He rarely kicked the ball upfield, always rolled it out to the likes of Ron Harris or Paul Walker.
 

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Wasn't he in goal at the start of the season when we played Charlton twice in the LC and in the league for our first three games? Callaghan's revamped side took a while to settle and he let in nine in those three Charlton games I think. He rarely kicked the ball upfield, always rolled it out to the likes of Ron Harris or Paul Walker.
Only played 7 games 80/81 season, end of and the sum total of his FL career, Brentford innit?
 

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BTW am I the only person taking notice of the original poster talking about goalkeepers that have played for us since he started watching in 1991?

May as well put Thomas Franks best X1 and feature Andy Sinton
Don't think he ever played in goal.....
 
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Wasn't he in goal at the start of the season when we played Charlton twice in the LC and in the league for our first three games? Callaghan's revamped side took a while to settle and he let in nine in those three Charlton games I think. He rarely kicked the ball upfield, always rolled it out to the likes of Ron Harris or Paul Walker.

Bob Booker told me he knew McCullough was a waste of space when he saw him scoffing a burger an hour before kickoff in the Charlton car park
 

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Remember Dearden pitching up as GK coach one summer after his retirement (Rosenior era), then promptly disappearing again a few days later when he got a better offer at Millwall. Came across him again a few years later as GK coach at Luton where, to be fair, he was very supportive of one of their young keepers who was suffering from mental health issues and eventually quit the pro game, despite being highly-rated.
 

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Did he? I must have missed that game!
I was on holiday in Littlehampton with my parents in the late fifties and dear old Fred was there with his kids playing with a beach ball and my old Dad said to me “Look he can’t even catch that bloody thing , Christ I hope Cakebread stays fit “ ! He wasn’t the best Mr Ryecraft bless him !
 

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Remember Dearden pitching up as GK coach one summer after his retirement (Rosenior era), then promptly disappearing again a few days later when he got a better offer at Millwall. Came across him again a few years later as GK coach at Luton where, to be fair, he was very supportive of one of their young keepers who was suffering from mental health issues and eventually quit the pro game, despite being highly-rated.
Wasn’t that Jim Stannard?
 

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I always like Paddy Roche as a bloke.
At the end of the 82/83 season I bought him a pint and gave it to him. He took a sip and I took it back off him and said I'll hold it for you Paddy, you might drop the fecker.
 

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Rycraft was absolutely the worst ever. Those who had the privilege of watching his ineptitude in 62-63 can laugh at criticisms of those who came after. The original flying pig. No idea how he ever got a professional contract.
Interesting how the years play havoc with memory of a kid.. Fred Ryecraft was the first ever Bees goalie I ever saw in September 1963.. I thought he was brilliant but I was only 8 years old at the time 😂😀
 

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Wasn’t that Jim Stannard?
No that was a few years earlier, possibly Wally Downes era? Dearden definitely came back in the summer of '06 before swiftly departing again. He was unveiled the same day as his former team-mate Paul Smith, who had returned as a trialist. The links no longer work, but these references on Dearden's wiki page show it was in fact two weeks he stayed.

"Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | DEARDO RETURNS". brentfordfc.co.uk. 4 July 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
"Brentford | News | Latest News | Latest News | DEARDO DEPARTS". brentfordfc.co.uk. 18 July 2006. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
 

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Remember Mel Scott played almost 80 mins in goal in a game v. Oxford Utd mid sixties. Chic Brodie got injured trying to save them going one nil up and had to go off . No sub goalies in those days obviously so MS went in goal and played a blinder. We scored five in the second half to win 5-1.
 
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Remember Dearden pitching up as GK coach one summer after his retirement (Rosenior era), then promptly disappearing again a few days later when he got a better offer at Millwall. Came across him again a few years later as GK coach at Luton where, to be fair, he was very supportive of one of their young keepers who was suffering from mental health issues and eventually quit the pro game, despite being highly-rated.Great keeper and a great relationship with the fans.
Great keeper and a real fan favourite IIRC.
Leant him my cap first half of a playoff S-F game kicking away from ER (my claim to fame).
A clear, bright night when the sun was low. Unbelievable that he didn’t have one.
Seem to remember he let in a stinker.
It’s all my fault 🤦‍♂️
Anyone remember what game it might have been?
 

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Great keeper and a real fan favourite IIRC.
Leant him my cap first half of a playoff S-F game kicking away from ER (my claim to fame).
A clear, bright night when the sun was low. Unbelievable that he didn’t have one.
Seem to remember he let in a stinker.
It’s all my fault 🤦‍♂️
Anyone remember what game it might have been?
Would have to have been Huddersfield if it was a night game. The Bristol City home leg semi was a Sunday afternoon IIRC.
 
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Remember Mel Scott played almost 80 mins in goal in a game v. Oxford Utd mid sixties. Chic Brodie got injured trying to save them going one nil up and had to go off . No sub goalies in those days obviously so MS went in goal and played a blinder. We scored five in the second half to win 5-1.

I also seem to remember Alan Hawley played in goal for part of a game when we had a keeper injured. Can't remember who and which game though. He must have played just about every position while he was here.
 
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Would have to have been Huddersfield if it was a night game. The Bristol City home leg semi was a Sunday afternoon IIRC.
OMG you’re right Streetboy.
How the hell could I forget that?

Found this but don’t watch past 1:52
I was only joking when I said it was ‘all my fault’ 😓
 
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I also seem to remember Alan Hawley played in goal for part of a game when we had a keeper injured. Can't remember who and which game though. He must have played just about every position while he was here.
Paul Shrubb, God Bless him, went in goal, to replace Len Bond, I think it was.
 

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I remember Keith Cassels gracing the Griffin Park turf in goal.
 
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I’m sure the Bristol City home leg was an evening game. The away leg was a Sunday lunchtime.
Carl Asaba was sent off in the first leg.
Great support from us that afternoon.
 

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Richard Lee for his league cup heroics in that shoot out. Was an amazing night under the lights at GP. Szczesny was an outstanding shoot stopper! not your modern day sweeper keeper but my god he was brilliant shot stopper. I have to mention Gots as he was the first keeper I ever saw in a Bees shirt :D

One quick mention to Moore, moved to early and hasn't fulfilled his potential.

 

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I remember Keith Cassels gracing the Griffin Park turf in goal.
That game always sticks in the memory.
Proper fisticuffs.
Stirs the blood.
That was Brentford v Mansfield. Cassells was playing for Mansfield & went in goal for THEM for the last ten minutes after that big punch up and 4 red cards including their keeper, Kevin Hitchcock. I’m sure Andy Sinton scored a freekick past Cassells to make it 2-2.
 

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Hes number one at a championship club. I'd say that his level. He always struggled with long shots.
I guess I meant more drifted around a lot as a number two when was good enough to continue developing as a starter. I haven't bothered to look at his appearances but I'm sure it won't be high for his age.
 

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That was Brentford v Mansfield. Cassells was playing for Mansfield & went in goal for THEM for the last ten minutes after that big punch up and 4 red cards including their keeper, Kevin Hitchcock. I’m sure Andy Sinton scored a freekick past Cassells to make it 2-2.
Colin Lee and Jamie Bates for us and George Foster and Kevin Hitchcock for Mansfield right in front of the Bees fans behind the goal.
 

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I remember Tony Parks being our keeper in 1988-90 and being really impressed that we had the chap who saved the penalty for Spurs in the 1984 UEFA Cup final 🐓
Long long time ago and it was during a period when my attendance was sporadic at best, but he was reliable iirc
 
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Apologies for pasting a link to an old blog but here is my first article on all the goalkeepers who have played for the Bees since the war up to about 2015


If you look carefully you will also find 4 more "Jeepers Keepers" articles on the blog.
 

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Apologies for pasting a link to an old blog but here is my first article on all the goalkeepers who have played for the Bees since the war up to about 2015


If you look carefully you will also find 4 more "Jeepers Keepers" articles on the blog.
Excellent read NLB, but I found number 5 not the others .
Any chance you can link 2,3,4 and 5 please.
 

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Remember Sherwood he was very good. Very tall and thin from memory?
Didn't realise that memory can make you thin. Must let my wife know.
 
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