Focus On; John Roberts

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Born in Abercynon, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Roberts played football for local club Abercynon Athletic while working as a railway fireman. He joined Swansea Town as an apprentice in 1963, turning professional in 1964.

Initially a striker who later switched to centre half, he moved to Northampton Town in 1967 and then Arsenal in 1969.

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Focus On; Don Masson

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Masson began his career with Middlesbrough in 1964. He was signed by Notts County manager Billy Gray in 1968 in a joint deal for £7000 along with Bob Worthington. He stayed there for six years before moving to Queens Park Rangers in December 1974 for £100,000.

Masson made his debut in the 1-0 home win versus Sheffield United on 14 December 1974. Although approaching 29 years of age before he played top-level football, his was a signing that underlined the quality of then manager Dave Sexton’s judgement.

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Focus On; John Hurst

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John Hurst is an English former professional footballer. Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, Hurst joined the youth system for Everton, making his first team debut in the 1965–66 season.[1] Originally a striker, Everton manager Harry Catterick made Hurst into a centre-half, a position in which he appeared in the 1968 FA Cup Final.

He formed a defensive partnership with Brian Labone, the club captain of Everton at the time. Following the introduction of substitutes to English football in 1965 (for injury only) Hurst became Everton’s first ever sub replacing Fred Pickering at Stoke City’s Victoria Ground in August 1965.

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