Ollie Norris, ex-Bournemouth & Middlesbrough player, dies

A gate at Bournemouth's Dean Court ground
In Norris's era, the club were known as Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic

Former Bournemouth and Middlesbrough inside forward Ollie Norris has died at the age of 82 after a long illness.

His most famous exploits came with Bournemouth, for whom he scored seven goals in six FA Cup ties on the way to the 1957 quarter-finals.

Derry-born Norris died in Australia, having moved there with his family in the spring of 1962.

As a player he also represented Northampton and Rochdale, and managed Gloucester City.

Having joined Boro as a 17-year-old, he only made 13 first-team appearances in eight years before moving to Bournemouth, then in the Third Division (South), in 1955.

Two years later, the Cherries, managed by Freddie Cox, embarked on an epic Cup run featuring games against the First Division's three top clubs - with Norris one of the heroes.

They beat Burton Albion 8-0, won 1-0 at Swindon and beat Accrington 2-0 to set up a fourth-round trip to all-conquering Wolves where Bournemouth ran out surprise 1-0 winners.

That result propelled the Cherries in the fifth round for the first time - and it was against another top club, Tottenham, where Norris hit the national headlines.

His habit of jumping up and down in front of opponents while they were preparing to take a throw-in was, at the time, not against the laws of the game - which were subsequently amended to prevent players from doing so.

But Norris's jumping antics clearly riled Spurs captain and long-throw specialist Danny Blanchflower, and his team-mates, and the giant-killing continued as Bournemouth shocked the Londoners 3-1 at Dean Court, with Norris scoring the second goal.

In their first FA Cup quarter-final, the Cherries' cup adventure ended in a controversial 2-1 home defeat by Manchester United.

Norris was injured during an early collision with United's Mark Jones, although with no substitutes in those days, both players limped on for the rest of the game, although Norris's injury prevented him from making a meaningful contribution as Duncan Edwards inspired United to victory.

But the exploits of Norris and his team-mates are fondly remembered in Bournemouth as the club's best Cup run of their history.

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