Roy's Walford side began the season well, as the players adapted to play "The Rovers" way. But the match between Melchester and Walford at Mel Park proved the turning point for Roy. His chairman recognised, after Roy missed a penalty, that Roy had some sort of mental block, he just could not beat Melchester. Sam Barlow resigned as chairman of Melchester and Roy returned the next day on an open top bus.
His return kick-started Melchester's season. Blackie Gray had been made permanent manager in the summer but the side were struggling, missing the inspiration of Roy and Paco Diaz. But not for long. A great run of comprehensive victories led Rovers to the F.A. Cup Final where Roy would face his nemesis from Walford, Joe Bellamy.
A massive injury crisis meant Rovers ran out at Wembley with an severely weakened side. Carter, Baxter, McKay and Logan all injured. Young Erol Bridger made his debut (and only documented appearance) at right-back. But of course Rovers won.
League Cup: Second Round (L to Shefton)
F.A. Cup: Winners
G - Carter, Williams
D - Baxter, McKay, Naylor, Guthrie, Gosden, Bridger
M - Slade, Gray, Jones, Wallace, Cassidy
F - Race, Logan, Ritchie, Richards
Rob Richards (Youth), Neville Jones (Youth), Roy Race (Walford Rovers), Erol Bridger (Youth)
Paco Diaz (Varagosa), Cyril Knight (Unknown)
- Roy Race's first match back as player-manager was Carford City (h)
- Nat Gosden retired after the F.A. Cup Final
- We learn more about the Walford team this season but still there's no consistency, lots of player names who appear only once.