It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our 1968 Cup Winning centre half John Talbut. John joined us from Burnley in December 1966 for a fee of £30,000. The Big”T” was born in October 1940 and spent much of his childhood playing his football in the North East,  joining Burnley as an amateur in 1956 becoming a professional 12 months later.

John was brought to the Albion by Jimmy Hagan as a replacement for Stan Jones and went on to make 193 appearances, including 1 as a substitute, his only goal came against Roma in an Anglo Italian cup tie in May 1970.

His debut was against Tottenham on Boxing Day 1966 and he went onto win an FA Cup medal and runners up medal in the 1970 League Cup final. John represented England at both schoolboy and under 23 level.

Big T left the Albion in January 1971 and moved onto Belgium Club Mechelen where he became Player/Manager before retiring in 1974.

John has remained in Belgium but unfortunately he has suffered from dementia these last few years. The last time he was able to meet up with his colleagues from 1968 was on “Astle Day” in April 2015, unfortunately illness prevented him attending the 50th Anniversary FA Cup Final Dinner, though his wife Ena and daughter Nicola were in attendance to receive his cap.

Our sincere condolences go to his wife Ena, daughters Nicola, Debbie son Mark, his 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren

Rest in Peace Big”T”.