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I let slip, as we head through Bootle, that there’s a ball in the back, so we stop at a park, and relive great World cup moments such as Cubillas scoring against Scotland, Zico scoring against Scotland and Iraj Danaeifard scoring against errrr……Scotland.


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sharrowblade wrote:
I let slip, as we head through Bootle, that there’s a ball in the back, so we stop at a park, and relive great World cup moments such as Cubillas scoring against Scotland, Zico scoring against Scotland and Iraj Danaeifard scoring against errrr……Scotland.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2018 3:09 pm 
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Tynie, l did think that Gammon were immune to being offended. You live and learn! Clap
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Tynie, l did think that Gammon were immune to being offended. You live and learn! Clap


Gammon? is that a mis-steak?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:28 pm 
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No 79 St James Park, Exeter

It started a couple of weeks ago when Sarah (my missus) handed me an envelope with the words “They’re for your Birthday, but you had better have them now so you don’t double book the date.”
I felt the envelope. It was definitely tickets, but what for?

The historic Spurs “home” game at MK Dons was coming up, or maybe it was for a “home” match at Wembley.
Just maybe they were for the opening of the new White Hart Lane, currently scheduled for sometime in the year 2525. There’s a song title there I’m sure!

The more likely option was a trip to one of the local theatres. Living on the coast in Devon there are plenty around to choose from.
I knew Gazza was here soon.....it must be that surely?
As I opened the envelope a cold chill went through me........I’d made a smart arsed comment a few weeks ago that the Little Mix Tribute act was something that couldn’t be missed. Surely she hadn’t taken me seriously?

I spotted Exeter City on the top.......Phew....It’s not Little Mix......Exeter City v West Ham U21’s in the Checkatrade Trophy.
I pulled out my best “it’s just what I wanted” face and thanked her, but probably looked quite confused at the same time.
Let’s face it, nobody wants to go to Checkatrade Trophy matches anymore, but hey ho.
Sarah obviously felt the need to explain. “You’ve not been to a match at Exeter so it’s another one off of your 92 list.”

It’s true. I’ve lived twelve miles from the ground for over ten years and not seen a match there, although I had been there a couple of times with poor results. Firstly, I’d gone there to meet Steve Perryman when he had agreed to write the foreword for my book, only to find that I should have gone to the training ground five miles away instead. My last visit was even worse. I’d gone along to support a friend who was running around the 92 grounds in 12 days this summer. I ran around with him and pulled my knee ligaments! To make it worse, I then managed to get the convertable roof stuck on my car and the RAC man smashed a window sorting it out. Somewhere in that four hour tragedy, I got heatstroke and threw up.
At least a match there couldn’t be any worse.

It’s been a few years since I have ticked off a new ground from my 92 and I seem to have stalled at 78 for way too long and in the eyes of some, I have gone backwards as new stadiums have replaced the old ones I visited originally and a few have dropped out of the League. I really need to recount at some point.

We got to the ground. There was no need for food as the Chinese Buffet had taken care of that, although I had regretted that seventh plateful as I walked to the ground. Should have stopped at plate six, but who can say no to profiteroles?

First plus point was that the programmes were free. Nice touch by Exeter.
We entered the ground and made our way through the crowd to a position behind the goal. When I say crowd, I mean we avoided bumping into either of the other fans that stood in that end. Twenty minutes to kick off and there was emptiness all around, although just over eleven hundred made the late dash before kick off.
It was nice to stand on a terrace once again. It had been too long since I had done so. This is proper football and none of your Premiership nonsense.

Exeter are in the process of doing their ground up and have added two new stands. One has the seats in and looks ready to go and one is lacking seats.
When I was there in the summer running (or rather limping) around the pitch, it was a building site. They’ve done well to get so far, so quickly. Mr Levy take note and get them to the Lane!

I watched the warm ups with interest. Exeter focussed on moving the ball around sharply, while West Ham made some beautifully choreographed movement without a ball. Maybe they wanted to go to the Little Mix Tribute instead?

The tannoy announcer named the teams, but only after pointing out the “beautiful sunset.” West Ham were starting with who? who? who? who? and Reece Oxford, the wonder kid from a few years ago.

The game started. Exeter were by far the better side and West Ham were struggling to keep up with them until the 17th minute when they had a breakthrough. The lights went out!
The travelling West Ham support of around a hundred or so enjoyed this moment. “Have you paid the electric bill?” chorused from somewhere in the dark. I found this quite rich coming from a club that has all their bills paid by the taxpayers at their own ground, but that’s another story.

After about thirty minutes the lights were back and the game restarted. Exeter scored twice before half time and West Ham were just hoping for the lights to fail again.
Two clearances flew over the stands and into the streets outside. “Keep it on the floor” somebody shouted. Probably the club’s Treasurer as he scribbled down the cost of the lost balls.

In truth the second half was much ado about nothing. Exeter could have added to their lead and played some nice football at times. West Ham looked like they have a way to go before they are ready, but had a couple of players up front who will be a handful for any defender if the midfield can find them with the ball.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Another ground ticked off the list, but the best bit was the chance to stand on a terrace again.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:52 pm 
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Its getting complicated, between them, this is current League ground No 69.

But Macca has done 68 (includes the Sty and Griffin Park).
Dan has done 67 (includes Goodison)

So we'll go with the following:

Ground No 68 Blackburn Rovers (Ewood Park)

The pre-match quiz was going well, if Sunderland did it in 79' and Villa in 81' who did it in 80'. Yes got that one. Name the four race courses without the letters R.A.C.E, yes managed that despite Macca insisting that one of them was York (lol). Name the two Australians to play in the cup finals during the 80s, yes easy peasy. It was all going off and we hadn't even made the motorway at Tinsley when I'd got victory in my sight. We'd got company, my mate had brought his lad with us and I delivered the question to end all questions. 'Who's the only player to save a penalty and score two goals in a major English cup final'. The atmosphere was cold and eerily silent, like a Tuesday night at the Majedski, and after an hour, we crested the M62 at Saddleworth the rest of the Robin Reliant were none the wiser to the answer.

We made good time considering the traffic topside of Manchester, skipped through the outskirts of Accrington and onto Blackburn. Fortunately, the ground is readily accessible from the south. Recon had suggested Branch Road might have suitable parking and on arrival was greeted by Lancashire's version of Alan Sugar.
'How much is it my good man'. I politely enquired
'£4' came the stern reply. The warmth of the welcome was overpowering.
'Fine' says I
'Not got room for you,' I was sensing some negativity here.
'What about that corner',
Aye alright, that'll be a fiver'.
'Done'. I had been but by now it was 7:15pm and the window of opportunity to reach the main reception and get a couple of team sheets was receding.

A 10 minute walk and for once we're right outside the away end. The queue looks about as appetising as our local post office collection point, so I leave our merry band and head off over to the Main stand. Team-sheets acquired, I return to find the boys near the turnstiles, and so I make myself very popular with our very fair minded supporters by going all Fred Astaire and lightly tip toing through the horse manure and going straight to the front.



Were in the lower tier of the Darwen Stand, leg room is at a premium, not that we had choice to sit. The views a good one.

But then they came, a scourge on humanity, like a plague of locusts, they congregate in packs, they jostle innocents, and break wind every 30 seconds, reek of alcohol and weed, they congregate on the steps at the back of the stand and then try to infiltrate areas where's there's no freedom to be had, edging further inwards until there's three to a seat. GAWS (Gang Aisle Wankers), who turn up 10 minutes after kick off because they've been down in the bar. They can't be arsed to find their seats, because they don't want to be down near the front, they want to be 'with the lads', they know the stewards won't bother them. Furthermore , I'm getting grief from our Dan, whose private space has been compromised 'Don't get tickets next to the aisle in future' he chunters. As if I had a choice,'. Its always a front, middle or back scenario. My mate's lad swaps seats, because secretly, he actually wants to be a GAW, and things soon settle down.

Blackburn have their own little contingent within shouting distance of the away end, but the United faithful remind them 'School in the morning, you've got to go to School in the morning'.

The ground on three sides is neat enough, and then comes the elephant in the room so to speak, the Riverside stand, akin to a night out with your mates down town in the halcyon days of youth, one of them nights when you've met up with a set of wanton floosie's, but there's an ugly one, the classic 'don't fancy yours much' syndrome.

Blackburn's haven't lost at home for over a year, the two up front Graham and Dack look like they haven't had a wash and shave since the run began. They need a bar of soap but its United who clean up with a well deserved 2-0 win.


Dan 'I want to be alone' moment

We head home, its a quick getaway and we stop for refreshments at Maccy D's in the shadows of some dark satanic mill, and as we review the match over nuggets, the question that was everyone's minds reared its head 'So who did score two goals and save a penalty in a major English Cup Final'. You could feel the anticipation as I delivered the knockout blow. 'Roy of the Rovers'......They're not impressed.
Back over the Pennines, home for 12:30am

Tickets: £38 (1 x £24, 2 x £7)
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 18, 2018 11:03 pm 
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Sharrowblade, you have done it again, taking us there with you and the insight into what deep Lancashire is really like on match day! Very Happy

Got a question now, similar to yours: Which goalkeeper saved a penalty after opening the scoring for his team?: the clue is 1990/1991 season in Division 1.
Also, did you know this---in the very early 1960s Bobby Charlton wrote the Roy of the Rovers stories in the Tiger. According to the Tiger comic this was a fact.
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If no one gets the above question correct I will give the answer on Sunday next.

Again, your reports are brilliant! Clap
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 21, 2018 10:52 pm 
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Here is the answer to the question raised.

Season 1990/1991 Manchester City played Derby County at the end of the season at Maine Road. City went into the lead when Niall Quinn scored early in the 1st half and after dominating play (City) Derby came back into the game and broke through with the Derby player (Saunders I think) bearing down on Tony Coton the City keeper. The ball was knocked sideways past the diving Coton (the ball running away from the goal) but contact was made between the two players. The referee took his time and then issued a red card---Coton sent off, a penalty! Who took the green jersey--you've guessed it Niall Quinn---who proceeded to save the penalty.Then Half time.
In the second half City scored again with David White, Derby came back and scored late on leaving the final minutes 'squeaky bum' time for the City fans, but relief when the final whistle was blown.

My sons were not even teenagers when they watched this match but they both remember this game (for the reasons above) and Niall Quinn keeping the Roy of the Rovers reputation a possible reality for the youngsters.
Sorry for mentioning this (and I apologise now for any offence) we have a Roy of the Rovers collection in our next football auction where his exploits are covered in great detail---but that will be detailed later under the appropriate posting.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:44 pm 
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Many thanks to everyone who I have met who have commented how much they have enjoyed this thread. Much appreciated and also to the likes of Five and In, and FoxesI with their input recently.


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Ground No 69, Pride Park, Derby County

It was etched onto my face, a downbeat expression, I felt as if the gods had deserted us, as we headed through Alfreton.

For starters, …..A 5:30 kick off, ….televised on Sky,.... first game back after the international break,... currently on a good run,..... demonic audi drivers cutting me up and I couldn't even find any Simon and Garfunkal on my iphone.

'What does it all mean Dad' chorused the boys.
'Well, basically, doing my best Private Fraser impression 'We're doomed'.

To be fair we made Derby in about 45 minutes, I had been offered a mate's parking space at a company opposite the ground so that was a bonus. We were a little earlier than I'd anticipated, so I bought the lads a tray of chips, and sat in front of the Clough and Taylor statue.
I nicked a few, but I was in competition with a local seagull, neither the gull or myself rated the chips, they were dreadful. The Seagull clearly took it personally as it headed to the top of the statue and deposited all over Peter Taylors head, but not Cloughie, it wouldn't have dared.




Pride Park, Its not much to look at from the outside, but its better looking than the velodrome next door, which although very impressive on the inside, externally its a modern monstrosity.

Programmes and team sheets acquired, followed by the mandatory body search and we were in with 20 minutes to kick off. Its bedlam down in the claustrophobic concourse, and its raining beer but we squeeze through and we're second row from the back. The inside is far more pleasing on the eye, although leg room is at a premium.

'This is it boys, Lets hope we come out like roaring like tigers, give no quarter' I tell the lads.

19 seconds later we're 1-0 down, we didn't even touch the ball. Sad

The omens don't look good, and the situation is compounded 10 minutes later when Donna arrives and wants to come past, she's a big girl, she's about 18 or 19 years old, plump would be a fair description, with forearms that she's built by drinking vodka and Iru bru. Her seat is situated about 100 places to the right so why she chose this journey I hesitate to guess given there were three stairways closer. I don't argue, looking at her, it would have been positively foolish, and possibly life threatening.

United settle down, and play Derby off the pitch, and shortly before half time, deservedly equalize.

Then, Donna's back with a couple of others in tow, a young lad about her age and an older gentleman.
'Come on Grandad' she bellows. Now its important to understand that whether this was her paternal grandfather, remains open to debate, I got the impression it wasn't, but whatever he fell over twice crushing our Dan in the process.

Needless to say Dan's none too impressed by this act of factuouness and puerile behaviour.
Macca is shocked 'What do you make of that'.
Not sure but I'd say Grandad is 'bollocksed'. say I
Dan's not having any of it, 'no there's something not right with him'.

Half time came and went, and the lads in front return from the bar with half the stock, 'its Kevin De Bruyne' Dan says. He's right the lad in front has the same haircut and facial features. 'Well if it is, he's let himself go a bit after his injury' His neck is wider than my body. Unfortunately, Derby outplay us in the second half and eventually score.

I was right 'we're doomed'.



Just as the final whistle goes, I'm blindsided by a wailing banshee, it wasn't the ball that ended up in Row Z, but me. It's Donna, she's hysterical, borderline manic, weeping and dribbling, speech uncomprehensible. She'd developed mutism.
Macca 'Whoaah,'
'I know its a disappointing result but I didn't think anyone would take it that badly'. as I retrieved myself from the row behind.
'No Dad, says Dan the Sage of Sheffield, 'that's the actions of somebody who's been sexually assaulted'. Not sure how he would know that...but still.

Macca quips 'I would't like to meet that nutter'.
'Nor would I son, its a scary world out there.' I nod in agreement.

It takes a good 15 minutes to clear the stand, and as we head down the steps, the stewards and Police are having to restrain Donna, she's unintelligable and to be honest probably unintelligent. She's pointing the finger at somebody but who could it be and more importantly why?.

'Its Grandad, its Grandad' the lads couldn't contain themselves.

Stuck in Derby,...been there before,..... had awful chips,.... not the first time, lost 2-1...who cares, this was where the action was at.

We left them to it, Grandad looked innocent, or it maybe it was because he'd fallen asleep, who knows.

Venturing Out into the evening air, the realization soon dawned on me that the nearer you pitch up to a ground the longer it takes you to get away. Thankfully, I have a ball in the back of the Reliant and we have a game of football in the car park as we wait for the nearby roads to re-open. The surface is a bit hard and uneven but its better than the Baseball Ground used to be.

Good job we got free parking because the tickets were £57. And Robin Hood came from Nottingham they say.

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love the match reports Thumbs Up


ive done all the 92 now and have done 14 out of the 24 in the National League now.
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£2 for a bottle of water from the (licensed) rip-off merchants outside Pride Park.
I used to get 3 pints for £2 at the Baseball Hotel in Shaftesbury Crescent back in the day.

But, hey, that's progress!

And it's very sophisticated. One even gets referred to as "sir" when one hands over one's £31 for a match ticket.

You omitted to mention that our programme this season is an absolute rip-off at £3.
The content seems to have dropped by 30%

Bottom of the league in the Programme Monthly awards (if PM still does those).
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