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#21 Matt J

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 01:36 AM

On twixtairecalder they have a few photos of Rovers ground.

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#22 l'angelo mysterioso

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:10 AM

If memory serves, wasn't the Bullock stand named after the owner of a local bus company, who chipped in to pay for the build? If so, is this possibly another Rovers first, Naming rights in the 50s.


Abraham Bullock was the owner of Bullock and Son, who's depot was on Wilson Street. The company was bought out by the West Riding auto company, which later became part of national buses. The depot was demolished to make way for the old Kwik Save. He was a major figure in the history of Rovers. The Bullock stand blew down in bad weather during the fifties and was rebuilt in the form we remember it.

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#23 gazza77

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 08:29 AM

Ian Dransfield who co produces the Featherstone memories Calander with Tony Lumb as been in touch with me after reading your posts and is happy to show you some old photo,s of the ground, I will get his number and he says you can then ring him to arrange to come and see them.


That would be really good. :smile:

If you get his number & pm me, I'll give him a call.

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#24 Steve Slater

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:59 PM

If memory serves, wasn't the Bullock stand named after the owner of a local bus company, who chipped in to pay for the build? If so, is this possibly another Rovers first, Naming rights in the 50s.

Abe Bullock was the chief architect in turning the club into one of the greatest in post-war history by doing the sort of job that Mark Campbell is doing today. He reversed the "Cash and Carry" trend of earlier years and stopped the best players from being transferred to the wealthy clubs for peanuts. He put up the money to build a team capable of reaching Wembley in 1952, and went on to ensure that promising youngsters like Don Fox and Joe Mullaney developed their careers with Rovers to turn them into one of the 10 best clubs in the game for the next 5 decades. My Grandad used to tell me of how Abe put the block on his dream transfer to St. Helens in the 40's with the bold statement that he wanted to build a team capable of winning things. What a legacy he left behind!




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