Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Trophy Won on Toss of a Coin

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Trophy Won on Toss of a Coin

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WHEN a teak hard centre-half and Amateur Cup winner, noted for not missing a match in almost 500 appearances, breaks a leg at work in the shipyards of the Tyne, it can be classified as freakish.

Yet it happened, and almost cost Ron Tatum one of the most prestigious moments of his career - a double appearance in the two-legged European Amateur Cup final.

Tatum made it, just, and in Rome struck gold when he called correctly to claim the winners' medals for North Shields.

Explanation required? Of course.

"I worked as a plater at Swan Hunters and used to organise five-a-side matches," he smiled.

"I never ever missed a game for Shields but in one works five-a-side I broke my left leg when I was tackled from the side and my foot went under me. It was a pure accident but I was off work for nine weeks.

"It was just after Wembley, in the close season, but I was desperate to get fit because we were due to play in the Barassi Cup which was known as the European Amateur Cup final. …

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