Andy Polston’s solitary first team appearance for us commanded a bigger place in our history books than such a paucity of playing time would normally warrant.
The home-grown defender stepped off the bench, aged 19, for his top flight debut in a 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace on March 3, 1990.
And with his older brother John already on the pitch, Andy’s introduction meant the Polstons became the first brothers to play for our first team since Bobby and Danny Steel in 1908.
It was to be the only senior appearance Andy ever made for us – but nonetheless it proved a special moment in our history, even if Alex Steel took the record to three brothers in the same Spurs side in January, 1910!
“At 18 I was a sub against West Ham but I didn’t get on so I’d experienced being around the first team,” recalled Andy, who now owns a cleaning business. “I’d been training with the senior lads and I’d been on pre-season tours to Norway and Spain with them, so I knew the players reasonably well.
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