Trevor Tainton

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08 June 1948

Born: Bristol
Signed from: Apprentice, 1965
Position: Midfield

Seasons played: 1967-82
Appearances: 593
Goals: 28

Trevor signed for City on leaving school at the age of 15 in 1962, having been a supporter throughout his boyhood. Arsenal also showed interest in the talented Bristol Boys player, but he had no wish to leave his family or hometown.

His first contract, offered by manager Fred Ford, was for £8 a week and eagerly accepted. It was while Ford was still in charge that Trevor made his debut against Carlisle united in 1967 and he went on to make more than 580 appearances for the club, a tally bettered only by Louis Carey and John Atyeo.

Best known for his tackling and prodigious work-rate in central midfield alongside Gerry Gow, Trevor could also perform capably at right-back when required and on the right wing, the position in which he first established himself as a first team regular following the departure of Alan Skirton in 1971.

He was a key member of the City team who reached the top flight of English football in 1976, playing in every game of the promotion campaign under Alan Dicks, and soon demonstrated he could more than hold his own at First Di- vision level.

Bill Shankly was reportedly ready to pay £50,000 to sign him for Liverpool, but nothing came of the legendary manager’s interest and Trevor, the quiet man of the side, happily settled for establishing himself as one of the most consistent performers ever to have worn a City shirt. Never flashy, he invariably did a professional job, earning the admiration of team-mates and opponents alike.

After departing his beloved club as one of the Ashton Gate Eight, he played for Torquay united, Trowbridge Town and in the Western League for Odd Down.

“When football is in your blood, it is so hard to contem- plate anything else and I kept playing for as long as I possibly could,” he said.