Woodcock puts Bracknell back on top

A paper cutting from Hoddesdon 1 Bracknell Town 2
A paper cutting from Hoddesdon 1 Bracknell Town 2

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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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