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Mick Dawber s Collection


Name : Mick Dawber
Forum Nickname : ForestMick
Age : 39 in about 3 weeks!
Started Collecting : I've been collecting for about 6 years.

About Me

What do you do for a living?

I’m a project co-ordinator for a young person’s social inclusion project. It can involve long hours, but I love my job and find it very rewarding. Young people are constantly labelled by older people as ‘thugs’ etc., but most of the young people I work with do what I did when I was their age – get involved in something stupid, feel bad about it, and want to make up for it. When I’m not doing that, now that I’ve had to pack in football due to a knee injury, I’m at auctions, car boots etc., looking for programmes!

Which club do you support and why?

Although I was born in Leyland (Lancs), all my family are from the Derby/Nottingham border. As a result, my family is half Forest, half sheep. My dad was actually a Brian Clough fan, so when he was at Derby, my sister was born, so she’s a sheep, then Sir Brian had the sense to cross the border to Nottingham, I was born, so I was a red.

What do you collect?

I collect anything to do with Forest, but my programme collection currently goes back to the early 50’s. I want to start filling in the considerable gaps, and then look at going back earlier, or just picking up interesting games from before, like finals, unusual friendlies etc.

How did you get into programme collecting?

I’m not really sure!! I’ve followed Forest all my life, and I think I just wanted something to reflect that, so just fell into it.

Your Collection

What was your first football programme?

The first programme I remember getting was Forest v Man City in around 81/82. Peter Shilton was on the cover, he was one of my idols, and I remember meeting him after the game and getting him to sign the cover.

What was the last programme you bought?

I just got Sutty’s (Steve Sutton) testimonial programme, from SMK06 off the forum.

How big is your collection?

Bloody massive!! I’ve never really counted, but I’ve got thousands of Forest programmes, and as I tend to pick up programmes whenever I can, I’ve also got thousands of others too.

How do you store your collection?

As a relative novice to the hobby, never previously thought about storage, so they have always sat in shoe boxes. However, since joining the forum, I have realised that I need to make the more ‘visible.’ One day I hope to convert my loft, and have a ‘Forest shrine,’ wher my programmes would have pride of place.

Whats the oldest programme you own?

An FA Cup tie, away at Chelsea, 1932. Only paid £12 for it!

What is the rarest item in your collection?

As a relative novice, that’s a hard question to answer. I would think that its either the one mentioned above, or the ’59 charity shield. However, a very experienced Forest collector once gave me his wants list, going back to the early 50’s, and there were only about ten programmes on it. When I told him that I had a copy of the away cup game at York city in the 70’s, he was gobsmacked, so it could be that!

Which programme from your club is the rarest and most expensive to obtain?

I would say any of the 60’s away European games, or the Super cup away legs from the 70’s

What is...?

What is your worst buy?

My worst buy was when I first started collecting, and I lived on ebay for a couple of years. I saw this programme, Coventry v Southampton from the early 50’s for 99p. I won it, but when I got it, I didn’t understand why there was a bloke on a motorbike on the front. When I read it, I realised it was a speedway programme!! I never sent it back, thought I’d keep it as a reminder of how people can stitch you up!

What is your best buy?

That would have to be either the 30’s cup game at Chelsea, mentioned above; or two copies each of the 91 FA Cup and 92 League cup finals, picked up at a local car boot for 20p each!

What is the most you have paid for a programme and which one?

The 59 Charity Shield, paid about £40 for it.

What is the most you have received for a programme and which one?

I’ve only been selling programmes for about 2 years, so not very much. I guess it would be the European cup final from United’s treble winning season for £20.

What is your most prized programme?

Although its worth nothing, the Forest v Man City with Shiolton’s autograph on it.

Whats your biggest regret in collecting?

That I didn’t start sooner!

The Hobby

In you opinion, is the programme collectors communtiy shrinking or growing?

As a novice, I don’t know how big it used to be. I think it has changed, as more people who don’t collect, have become ‘involved’ in the hobby by selling on ebay. In a sense, that’s been a good thing, as all those programmes that may have been binned are now finding good homes. The downside is that every f*cker is an expert, but haven’t got a clue what they’re on about!!

What do you enjoy most about the hobby?

2 things: 1. I have an addictive personality, so ticking programmes off on a list is very satisfying. 2. The forum. Without this forum I would definitely have stopped collecting, but the wealth of information, and the friendly helpful attitude of most members (1 exception who’s now f*cked off!) has renewed my enthusiasm.

Where do you buy most of your programmes from?

When I first started, there was a cricket book shop on Trent Bridge, who had boxes and boxes of programmes, for 25p each. I compiled a list of all Forest games, back to the early 60’s, and would spend every spare hour (and penny!) in that shop, checking off programmes from my list. I also spent hours and hours on ebay. I still use ebay now, but more for selling, and I get most of my programmes off the forum, or at Auction.

The Future

If money was no object, which programme would you most like to add to your collection?

World club championship in Tokyo

Would you ever sell your collection?

Right now, I think there’s more chance I would sell my left leg!! Who knows? When I’m older, this country will probably be run by fascists who think that all those over 60 should be shot, so I’ll probs have to fend for myself, which might mean selling off my pride and joy. I hope not, as I talk to my sons about my progs all the time, and I would love to pass them on the them.

How do you wish to develop your collection over the coming years?

I hope to fill as many gaps as possible, going back to the early 50’s, and when I have done that, gradually go back, season by season, and collect as many as possible.