Hardman Holton would not be out for second half - or so I thought.THERE used to be a terrace chant: "Six foot two, eyes of blue, big Jim Big Jim was a popular line of action figure toys produced from 1971 through 1986 by Mattel for the North American and European markets. Inspired by G.I. Joe, the Big Jim line was smaller (closer to 10 inches in height compared to Joe's 12) and each figure included a push button in Holton is after you."
Well, actually it was a warning. A health warning. The big fella would kick you into the middle of next week.
Holton's fearsome reputation was best highlighted at Manchester United, but here in a Tyne-Wear derby he was playing centre-half to Paul Cannell's centre-forward. It all started so well too.
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adv. & adj. Sports
To, into, or in the defensive team's end of the field.
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"Holton and I rose to head the ball midway inside Sunderland's half and I 'accidentally' smashed him in the mouth with my elbow.
"He collapsed to the ground, there were teeth and claret all over the grass. If it had happened nowadays with slowmotion action replays I'd have done time!
"Holton was stretchered off and the whistle went for the interval."
Gordon Lee put his arm round his centre-forward. Great goal, great result with Holton, now he's gone go and score another. Only as Cannell walked out 10 feet tall for the resumption so did Holton, third in the Sunderland line.
"I played onetouch football like never before," recalled Cannell. "I played the second half as if my life depended on it - and it probably did.
"The papers the following day commented on our change of tactics 'with Cannell playing on the right wing.' Do you blame me?"
TARGET Jim Holton