It is 45 years today since Gordon Davies, Fulham’s greatest ever goalscorer, opened his account for the Whites. Nothing is ever straightforward when it comes to Ivor – and the circumstances behind how he grabbed the winner in a 2-1 victory at Blackpool don’t disappoint.

A month after being signed by Bobby Campbell from home town club, Merthyr Tydfill, where he had scored 35 goals and attracted interest from all over England, the striker was so surprised to be starting that he had to borrow boots from a team-mate. Davies gave away a penalty – which led to full back Ray Evans telling him to leave the defending to those who were half decent at it – but Les Strong equalised and Davies popped in the second half to take all three points back to London.

The rest, of course, is history. One of the few successes of Campbell’s chaotic four year reign was seeing Davies develop into a devastating good centre forward, who scored an incredible 178 goals in 450 appearances over two spells in the right half of SW6, having seen the light after an ill-fated switch to Stamford Bridge.