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    Default Dave Maclaren RIP

    Saints fans of more senior years will be saddened by the news of the passing of ex-goalkeeper Dave Maclaren who has died in Australia aged 82. He played for us 26 times during our inaugural season in the top flight, 1966-67. Famously he was in goal for Wolves the previous season when we beat them 9-3, but manager Ted Bates still went ahead and signed him the following year when Campbell Forsyth broke a leg. Those at that Wolves match reckoned the score would have been well into double figures had it not been for Dave's exploits between the posts but, even so, the fact we signed a 'keeper having put nine past him has always been a source of amusement and made him a bit of a legend. Dave has been living in Australia since the 70s and all thoughts go to his family and friends.

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    The Stekelenburg of his day. Every opposition shot seemed to go in that season.

    RIP

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    That was my first game.
    Hence my user name!!

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    Remember the 9-3 game well and Dave Maclaren's heroics in goal during the game. Bizarre game...behind after 30 seconds to a Tony Knapp own goal skidding off his crew cut...5 -2 up at half time and the scoring completed with half an hour still to play. Indeed if it hadn't been for Dave's great shot stopping 12 - 3 could easily have been the final score.

    Bit of a whipping boy in a season we conceeded a bucket-full of goals. RIP.

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    RIP David

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9-3 View Post
    That was my first game.
    Hence my user name!!
    All this time I thought you were a Saab enthusiast!

    R.I.P. to Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colinjb View Post
    All this time I thought you were a Saab enthusiast!

    R.I.P. to Dave.
    I thought it was his ratio of threads started to normal posts.

    RIP Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9-3 View Post
    That was my first game.
    Hence my user name!!
    There's me thinking you were a Saab fan

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    Used to go with my dad back then I would have been 12. RIP Dave

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    I saw my first game with Campbell Forsyth in goal but later matches it was all Dave. RIP.

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    RIP. Only at the Dell for 66/67 season. If my memory serves me right , and I was only eight, he was brought in as a stop-gap when Campbell Forsyth broke his leg against Liverpool, having played a blinder in the 9-3 game the season before. Gerry Gurr was the up and coming replacement but probably too young to go straight into Division 1. Prone to a mistake or too was replaced when Eric Martin was signed towards the back end of the season.

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    His best game was Leeds away. It was on Match of the Day and for some reason Kenneth Wolstenholme called him McFarlane.
    RIP.

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    Part of an era that was brilliant and constantly exciting for me as a kid - I remember his being signed - read in the Southern Evening Echo in those days!

    Commiserations to his family and friends..and thanks for his part in Saints first foray in to the top flight.
    Last edited by dronskisaint; 08-12-2016 at 06:10 PM. Reason: missed word

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    Sad news indeed.

    However on a lighter note any one remember the ditty...'No goals today Maclaren's gone away, we've got a goalkeeper his name is Gerry Gurr'...

    Sang to the tune of Hermans Hermits ..'No milk today'..a poptastic hit of the time.

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    To think where we were then and where we are now......???
    I saw Denis Hollywood outside St Mays few weeks back, nobody noticed him. I did, and smiled at him, he knew someone knew him!
    Bill Beeney is always outside the ground, alas, with a walking frame now.

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    I was there for the 9-3 game and thought we should have scored 20, but for Dave! RIP Dave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyinthesky View Post
    Sad news indeed.

    However on a lighter note any one remember the ditty...'No goals today Maclaren's gone away, we've got a goalkeeper his name is Gerry Gurr'...

    Sang to the tune of Hermans Hermits ..'No milk today'..a poptastic hit of the time.
    Jeez yes...I'd not thought of that in decades!!

    Also of that era...'Give it to Melia, give it to Melia
    On his hea-ad, shining he-ad'

    To the tune of The Troggs 'Give it to me'

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    Quote Originally Posted by dronskisaint View Post
    Jeez yes...I'd not thought of that in decades!!

    Also of that era...'Give it to Melia, give it to Melia
    On his hea-ad, shining he-ad'

    To the tune of The Troggs 'Give it to me'
    I thought the words were.. 'Give it to Ron, give it to Ron on his head, on his head...

    Also .. Aye aye aye yay, Forsyth is better than Yashin, Ron Davies is better than Eusebio and you're all in for a thrashing....

    Not sure of the name of tune but some Mexican/Spanish ditty.

    Wording representative of gentler times perhaps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyinthesky View Post
    I thought the words were.. 'Give it to Ron, give it to Ron on his head, on his head...

    Also .. Aye aye aye yay, Forsyth is better than Yashin, Ron Davies is better than Eusebio and you're all in for a thrashing....

    Not sure of the name of tune but some Mexican/Spanish ditty.

    Wording representative of gentler times perhaps.
    Cielito Lindo. Definitely Mexican.

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