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John is my neighbour. He was my first hero as a Wanderer. His wit is as sharp as ever and we exchange many stories about those glorious mid seventies days at Burnden. "There is a man who plays for the team and he is a goal machine and he goes by the name of John Byrom Byrom Byrom."
What a talent!
At Bolton he scored some magnificent goals,most with power but also skill.So classy he didn't need to break sweat and I too recall his accident as Bolton were pushing for promotion.Jim Armfield knew JB could have had a host of caps and one Xmas, away to Torquay,John never tried an inch and was dropped.He couldn't give a monkeys.Fond memories of a really great player
Brilliant player, the hat trick in the FA cup against Stoke (first sunday match) was something else.
I remember a goal he scored against Southampton in the FA Cup 3rd round in the 70's, Losing 3-2 he got the ball around the half-way line dragged it through the mud and buried his shot into the top corner, unfortunately we lost the replay 2-0
Played with him in a kick about match in the Isle of Wight in 1969. He was there with Ronnie Clayton. Clayton didn't play. The other players didn't know who he was but I did. I got his autograph a few years earlier when he came to play for Blackburn in London. The score was 0-0 just before half time - the ball was bouncing around about 30 yards from goal and he hit a half volley which went just under the bar dead centre of goal.It was more powerful than a Bobby Charlton special. The power was unbelievable. No wonder he scored so many goals..
I remember the goal he scored against Middlesbrough (already crowned as 1st Division champions) around 1973. He was once unable to play for a couple of games after dropping a brick on his foot whilst doing some DIY.