On Monday 23rd March Winchester City Life President Terry Paine celebrates his 81st birthday,, but he is without doubt one of the most esteemed players to ever the Winchester shirt. He went on to win 19 full caps for England scoring 7 goals in these games and was a member of England's World Cup squad of 1966 although he only featured in one game in the final stages of the competition.
He was born and grew up on the Highcliffe estate of Winchester and was at Winchester from the start of the 1955/56 season to February 1957. In the season prior to Terry joining Winchester had reached the 4th qualifying round of the F A Cup, an achievement they would not repeat until the 2018/19 season. In Terry's second season with the club they did reach the 3rd qualifying round of the F A Cup, an achievement that took the club 58 years to replicate. However the 1956/57 season saw Winchester have a great F A Amateur Cup run in which they won through five rounds before losing 2-1 to Hayes at Airlie Road in front of a crowd of 3430.
Winchester's manager at the time was Harry Osman and he recommended Terry to Southampton manager Ted Bates and five weeks after joining the Saints Terry scored his first goal for the first team on his 18th birthday. He went on to make a record 713 football league appearances for the club and scored 160 goals and played an important part in their promotion seasons of 1959/60 and 1965/66.
For the earlier part of his Southampton career Terry played as a winger with the accuracy of his crosses creating chances for the likes of Derek Reeves, George Kirby, George O'Brien, Martin Chivers and Ron Davies, but when Alf Ramsey's 1966 World Cup success playing a significant part in phasing out wingers from British football Terry and fellow right winger in the 1966 World Cup squad Ian Callaghan reverted to midfield with great success and in Paine's case his distribution played a valuable part in developing Mike Channon's football career. Paine was also part of the first Southampton team that qualified for European competition for the first time.
Terry won all of his 19 England caps while playing in what is now the Championship, and he made his debut for his country in 1963 and later that year he scored a hat-trick for his country against Northern Ireland which was the first time a forward wearing the no 7 shirt had scored a hat-trick at Wembley,
One of Paine's greatest achievements in an England shirt was scoring England's opening goal in October 1963 in a 2-1 team win against Rest of the World in a match to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the football association, with Jimmy Greaves and Denis Law both of whom celebrated their 80th birthdays last month. Of the Rest of the World team that started the match all won more than 40 caps for their country during the course of their career and Law's ten team mates all played in a World cup final or semi final or else played a key part in Real Madrid's early domination of European football.
Terry was also a keen cricketer and represented the Hyde Ramblers. In the days when Southampton played at the Dell and Hampshire played at nearby Northlands Road many of the footballers would drop in to see how the cricket was progressing.
Terry now lives in South Africa and played an important part in their successful bid for the 2010 World Cup and is currently a football presenter.
Whenever he is next in the country I am sure if he wished to attend any of Winchester's games I am sure he will be made very welcome, I hope that he will have fond memories of his time at Winchester and some of our long standing members might even be able to recall his time at the club from first hand experience. Let us hope that the club can discover their next Terry Paine.