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89-90 11:00 - May 11 with 768 viewsSharkey

Two questions about 89-90.

1. Was Romeo Zondervan the captain? (He seems one of the less likely Town captains to me, but maybe that's perhaps because I once saw on him on the bench at a pre-season game in Sweden in the mid 80s and he spent almost the entire game with his back to the pitch, checking out the girls in the crowd.)

2. At the time, was Sergei Baltacha usually referred to as Russian, (rather than Ukrainian)?
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89-90 on 11:06 - May 11 with 716 viewsBryanPlug

Ukraine was part of Russia (Soviet Union) until 1991

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89-90 on 11:15 - May 11 with 682 viewsSharkey

89-90 on 11:06 - May 11 by BryanPlug

Ukraine was part of Russia (Soviet Union) until 1991


In 89, was it really still so that all people from the USSR were casually called 'Russians'?
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89-90 on 11:21 - May 11 with 674 viewschicoazul

Romeo was captain unless it was Linighan by then.

I have it in commission, to comfort the feeble-minded, and to support the weak. You must needs go along with us; we will wait for you, we will lend you our help, we will deny ourselves of some things, both opinionated and practical, for your sake; we will not enter into doubtful disputations before you, we will be made all things to you, rather than you shall be left behind
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89-90 on 11:26 - May 11 with 653 viewsTrumptonBlue

Yes, Romeo was captain when he played. If he was missing, it was Wark. They were the only two to captain the side that season.
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89-90 on 11:29 - May 11 with 639 viewsEastTownBlue

89-90 on 11:21 - May 11 by chicoazul

Romeo was captain unless it was Linighan by then.


I think that John Lyall made him captain when he took over in 1990.
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89-90 on 11:29 - May 11 with 639 viewschicoazul

89-90 on 11:26 - May 11 by TrumptonBlue

Yes, Romeo was captain when he played. If he was missing, it was Wark. They were the only two to captain the side that season.


Was Warky there that season?

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89-90 on 11:31 - May 11 with 632 viewsChurchman

Romeo was club captain 87-90. He was a really good footballer, making 274 appearances in an 8 year period. The team wasn’t the best much of the time he was here, but it was pleasing he was around for the 92 promotion season.

Subject to a rubbish memory I think Sergei was always referred to as Russian. There were even a few red hammer and sickle flags when he made his debut against Stoke. Scarily, I suspect Ukraine will be Russia (USSR) in the not too distant future, given Putin’s ambitions.
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89-90 on 11:31 - May 11 with 643 viewsTrequartista

1. Yes

www.flickr.com/photos/114058793@N05/50430088732/in/album-72157716287703746.jpg
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89-90 on 11:42 - May 11 with 591 viewsBluearmy71

Sergei Baltacha was the first Russian player to play in English football, so yes defo refereed to as Russian.

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/sergei-baltacha-english-footballs-first-sov
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89-90 on 11:47 - May 11 with 572 viewsBluearmy71

Romeo bless him also got in a little spot of bother with airport customs for trying to bring porn vids from Holland into the UK!!

And us fans being us fans then proceeded to chant Porneo, he took the bantz well.
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89-90 on 11:59 - May 11 with 524 viewsBlueyandCrazy

89-90 on 11:29 - May 11 by chicoazul

Was Warky there that season?


Yes, last season of his second spell

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89-90 on 12:05 - May 11 with 496 viewsBryanPlug

89-90 on 11:06 - May 11 by BryanPlug

Ukraine was part of Russia (Soviet Union) until 1991


Pretty much yeah. Generally people referred to it as ‘Russia’. See also Sting’s song ‘Russians’. In the 80s there was a general fear that Russia could start a nuclear war at any time.

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89-90 on 12:10 - May 11 with 478 viewsketton_itfc

89-90 on 11:31 - May 11 by Churchman

Romeo was club captain 87-90. He was a really good footballer, making 274 appearances in an 8 year period. The team wasn’t the best much of the time he was here, but it was pleasing he was around for the 92 promotion season.

Subject to a rubbish memory I think Sergei was always referred to as Russian. There were even a few red hammer and sickle flags when he made his debut against Stoke. Scarily, I suspect Ukraine will be Russia (USSR) in the not too distant future, given Putin’s ambitions.


Romeo with another old friend.....
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89-90 on 12:23 - May 11 with 443 viewsBluePG

On Zondervan, why didn’t we keep him after we’d got promoted to the Premier League for the first time? Slightly too young at the time to remember why!
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89-90 on 12:26 - May 11 with 431 viewsSWGF

89-90 on 12:23 - May 11 by BluePG

On Zondervan, why didn’t we keep him after we’d got promoted to the Premier League for the first time? Slightly too young at the time to remember why!


"too young"?!

Think he was out of contract, 32/33yrs old and wanted to go home.

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89-90 on 12:34 - May 11 with 411 viewsThe_Last_Baron

Romeo was definitely the captain at the start of the 89-90 season, remember his captain's page in the opening programme of the season, raving about how much the players liked the new Italian style Umbro shirts.

I believe Linighan took over the role when John Lyall was appointed.

Zondervan was more than a decent player for us, always had time on the ball.

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89-90 on 12:36 - May 11 with 402 viewsThe_Last_Baron

89-90 on 12:23 - May 11 by BluePG

On Zondervan, why didn’t we keep him after we’d got promoted to the Premier League for the first time? Slightly too young at the time to remember why!


His contract ended and he wanted to return to the Netherlands.

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89-90 on 12:54 - May 11 with 357 viewsBluespeed225

Had a great drunken chat with Romeo in Chicago’s in 96/6. He was Gus Ulenbeeks agent and Gus had made his debut, I’m thinking against Grimsby. Anyway, he was played up front, had pace in buckets, which had got him into about 4 one on ones with the keeper, all of which he missed. We pointed this out to Romeo after we’d been out all day, he was top drawer and explained Gus wasn’t a striker, give it time! I loved Gus, and I loved a Leo Sayer in the90’s!
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89-90 on 12:58 - May 11 with 339 viewsHighgateBlue

89-90 on 11:42 - May 11 by Bluearmy71

Sergei Baltacha was the first Russian player to play in English football, so yes defo refereed to as Russian.

https://www.fourfourtwo.com/features/sergei-baltacha-english-footballs-first-sov


I don't think that 442 article calls him Russian does it? It refers to him as Soviet, which he was. But yes, most referred to him as Russian at the time, in the same sense that Russia was a metonym for the USSR, even though Sergei was Ukranian.
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89-90 on 13:03 - May 11 with 318 viewsRomeo4

89-90 on 12:34 - May 11 by The_Last_Baron

Romeo was definitely the captain at the start of the 89-90 season, remember his captain's page in the opening programme of the season, raving about how much the players liked the new Italian style Umbro shirts.

I believe Linighan took over the role when John Lyall was appointed.

Zondervan was more than a decent player for us, always had time on the ball.


One of my favourite players from that era, hence my name in tribute. A highly technical but underrated player who kept the team ticking over. Could’ve done with someone like him this season!
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