The “BIG T” was born this day (20th October) 1940 in the Oxfordshire town of Headington. A strong header of the ball John played over 190 appearances but only 1 goal, how many did he stop alongside his mate John Kaye though. John Talbot came to The Hathorns in December 1966 from Burnley for £30,000, where he played almost 150 games and featured for England at under 23 & schoolboy levels. Jimmy Hagan signed John to replace another stalwart in Stan Jones. John was a regular member of the side until his departure in January 1971, in that time he had won an FA Cup winners medal in 1968 and a runners up prize in the 1970 League Cup final. A dominant centre half whose partnership with Yorkie and flanked by Scottish & Welsh full backs meant we were extremely difficult side to beat. John departed to Belgium in 1971 to play with KV Mechelen where he still lives today with his wife Ena. John unfortunately suffers from alzheimers but to the delight of his fellow cup winning team mates came back from Belgium for the Jeff Astle Day eighteen months ago.
The West Bromwich Albion Former Players Association was founded in 2003. The Association started following a conversation between two former players Brendon Batson MBE, then Managing Director of West Bromwich Albion and Graham Williams, captain of the 1968 Cup Winning Team.
If you are an Old Baggie or would like further information about the WBAPFA please contact our secretary Geoff Snape: