[quote user="ricardo"][quote user="nutty nigel"] [quote user="PurpleCanary"][quote user="ricardo"] Thanks Nigel, I wasn''t sure who the friendly was against, for some reason I had it in my mind that it was against Leicester but when you mentioned Aberdeen it all came flooding back. I remember standing in the Barclay End that night and Moran dummied a pass into the box but his quick thinking was miles too quick for the rest of the forwards. Funny how that incident has stuck in my mind. He was a decent enough player but if memory serves he was brought in as a replacement for the legendary Jimmy Hill so that was never going to be easy for him. [/quote] Ricardo, you''re right about the talent of Jimmy Hill (who scored a brace in my first Canary game) but he didn''t leave until the end of the 62-63 season, to waste that talent in the Everton reserve team. If anyone was brought in to replace him for the start of the next season it was another (absurdly over-used word but true in both these cases) legend. Ron Davies. Not, of course, anything like the same kind of player. If there was a replacement for Hill in terms of style it was probably Bryceland, who was already at the club. More of a midfielder than Hill and less of a goalscorer, but the same quicksilver footballing brain. [/quote] Purple.. I think Rickyyyyyy was referring to Johnny Gavin as the legendary player that Moran was brought in to replace. It''s amazing how we lost so many legends yet replaced them with others back then. Not Moran for Gavin obviously. But Ralph Hunt and Johnny Gavin both left the club about a season before the famous cup run. [/quote] Don''t get me started on Johnny Gavin, Nigel. He was my first Canary Hero. He could and did play anywhere on the front line. Either wing or Centre Forward it was all the same to him. He was not a big guy but had a prodigious leap and was very very good with his head. In a way he was a bit like Speedy who used to play for Coventry a few seasons back but much bulkier in frame. I may have mentioned before that I once saw him score 4 goals in a game (Southend "55,"56 or "57 ??). Anyway it was all a long time ago but I can still remember every goal and the snow all piled up round the pitch. Also Ralph Hunt. Imagine Grant Holt a couple of stone heavier and a couple of inches taller and you''ve got Ralph Hunt. I should also say a couple of yards slower because Ralph wasn''t quick and the game was a lot slower in those days. However I witnessed the season he broke Percy Varco''s scoring record and although a lot of those were laid on a plate for him by Bobby Brennan he was sill a decent old fashioned Centre Forward. I think Ralph went on to play for quite a number of teams in the 3rd and 4th divisions but was sadly killed in a car accident when still quite young. You won''t get any of that from googling, mate. [/quote] It was 1957 against southend. I was there too. Me and Doris were friends with his his wife Bridie although we havent spoken for many years.