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Oct 2, 2008, 2:35 PM
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Sorry to be posting this a bit late but thought that a few Charlton fans out there will remember Buck, most notably for scoring the winning goal in Charlton's 7-6 victory over Huddersfield in 1957. I grew up with his sons, a couple of whom were also decent footballers.
This is from the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald:
12:24pm Thursday 28th August 2008
Charlton Athletic Football Club has paid tribute to former player, John Buck' Ryan from Preston Lane, Lyneham, who played for the London team in the 1950s.
The 77-year-old father-of-six died at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon after a heart attack on August 12.
He is remembered for his winning goal in the club's 7-6 victory against Huddersfield Town in 1957.
"That was the game that no one player, or fan, will ever forget," said club historian Colin Cameron.
"It is the only 7-6 score line in the history of organised football in this country and the first time a club has scored six and finished on the losing side."
Playing for Bradenstoke, Buck did remarkably well, and in terms of his goal ratio per match is one of Charlton's most successful post-war marksmen.
"In retrospect, his departure for Newcastle in March 1959 did no one any good, certainly not Ryan who didn't record a single senior appearance for United and in fact only had three more League outings, in the colours of Bristol City," said Colin.
"Perpetual memories of Buck were his fateful sending-off in a vital promotion match at West Ham in April 1958 for allegedly striking Noel Cantwell and his winning goal in the 7-6 epic against Huddersfield Town.
"Johnny Summers got the lion's share of the publicity for his five goals in the Huddersfield match at The Valley when Charlton, playing with ten men, and 5-1 down with only 28 minutes remaining staged the greatest recovery in Football League history.
"But it was with immense pride that Buck reminded people that it was he who scored the last minute winner against Bill Shankly's Huddersfield."
Buck scored two hat-tricks in his career for Charlton four goals against Manchester City in a first division match at The Valley in November 1955 and three against Barnsley in a second division clash in January 1958.
After his football days he became a civilian fireman in Lyneham. He was married to wife Miriam for 53 years and had four grandchildren.
John's funeral and burial was on Friday at St Mary's Church in Bradenstoke.