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Norman Deeley...
Started by: jarvo (28682)  Report abuse
Norman Deeley is the man accused by Dave Whelan of breaking his leg in the 1960 FA Cup final when Blackburn Rovers were soundly beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Whelan never fully recovered from the injury sustained by a 50/50 tackle during the one-sided affair that became to be known as 'the dustbin final'. Deeley, now deceased, was 5ft 4ins and eight stone at the time; one of the smallest players ever to play in the football league.

Deeley, and his fellow team mates, had always denied any malice towards Whelan, and the incident was deemed to be purely accidental. This became common knowledge throughout the game, and no hard feelings were ever made known in the years that followed.

Whelan must have held a secret grudge that was only made public after the release of his autobiography a few years back. In it, he openly accused Deeley of deliberately breaking his leg.

I have the match on DVD, and the challenge was almost an afterthought - neither clumsy, nor malicious.

The 'dustbin final', the term thought to have originated in East Lancashire, was sadly appropriate at the time: the Rovers fans threw rotten fruit at the victorious Wolves team as they made their way towards the tunnel. Poor losers, or what?

Trivia on a windy Wednesday afternoon.

Make your own minds up: watch the footage on Youtube.


Posted by: peter g (2057)  Report abuse
Why should Blackburn fans take rotten fruit to Wembley Jarvo

Posted by: laughing gravy (3948) Report abuse
VERY GOOD QUESTION..

Posted by: spacebar (487) Report abuse
Wikipedia; “The press dubbed the game 'The Dustbin Final' due in part to the feeling that the game had been "rubbish" but also for the bad reaction by Blackburn fans to the victorious Wolves team as they paraded the cup being pelted with match programmes, paper cups and other rubbish accumulated in the stands during the game.”

Posted by: jarvo (28682)  Report abuse

Posted by: spacebar (487) Report abuse
Whelan; “But, as for the broken leg, it happened when Norman Deeley and myself went for the ball.
I got it and he got me, but I’m not saying it was deliberate. I don’t think it was, because accidents do happen when you’re both fighting like hell for the ball.
But he did come over the top, there’s no question about that. I’ve still got the stud marks in my leg and they’re halfway up my shin.”

 
 
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