Funny that I mentioned Francis Lee (not the Buckfastleigh one) on the Everton programme thread.
Now we get a picture of Francis Lee (the Buckfastleigh one) in the picture of the Colts in this programme. He looks like his brother.
A pivotal close-season in the club's history - and the five new signings made by Jack Edwards did not set the world alight as attendances soon plummeted to under 2,000 leading to financial crisis.
The marquee signing was Mike Trebilcock who had scored twice in the Cup Final just six years earlier and should have still been at his peak aged 27. He hit eight goals in his first ten games, eleven before Christmas but none after. Maybe the barrel of beer he won for hitting a hat-trick against Workington slowed him down. He was farmed out to Yeovil on loan during the season and off to Weymouth at the end of it before emigrating to Australia.
Don Payne did not get a single first team appearance as Mike Mahoney was ever-present.
Dave Jones had just one sub appearance before being released.
Tony Gough managed just three appearances. He had started at Bath before Fred Ford picked him up for Bristol Rovers where he made a single league appearance as a teenager in 1959, before returning to Bath. Ford picked him up again eleven years later and he played regularly in a very good Swindon Town team (Don Rogers et al) in 1970/71 (second division, not to mention Anglo-Italian Cup). He then went to Hereford for the 1971/72 season where he captained the team in that famous FA Cup win over Newcastle. Fred Ford (now United's assistant manager) snapped him up for the third time but it did not work out and he was soon back home to Bath - for whom he went on to rack up over 500 appearances in three spells.
Young striker Martin Wright came from Chesterfield but struggled to break into the team and was soon on the transfer list. Two goals in the last game of the season made his stats look more respectable - 3 goals in eight starts plus five subs.
In all, not the kind of recruitment to spark an immediate return to Division Three.
Trouble in the mini stand pre match with drunk Man Utd fans entering the end . Francis Lee, Collins brother from Buckfastleigh, fighting and arrested and me mistakenly locked up in a paddy wagon outside the ground for the entire match after walking to the ground from Paignton!
My education started when I left Highweek School for boys..