Frank Blunstone 1972 - Views of Griffin Park

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Seeing it like that will make it even sadder when we finally leave.
 

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And people think our squad is abit thin now lol 14 players. Very interesting
 

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I saw them over Gunnersbury Park a few times also Richmond Park for hill running.
Yes, I know they used to run in Richmond Park, I used to cycle up there when young imagining that I might see them – don't think I ever did. I doubt any of them would survive today's training schedule; no fags and beer, for a start!
 

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New Road looking very different with the entrances half way up. Assume it went all the way back.
 

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Seeing it like that will make it even sadder when we finally leave.
If it had been left alone, we would still be playing there for many years. It was shocking what happened to the famous stadium.
 

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If it had been left alone, we would still be playing there for many years. It was shocking what happened to the famous stadium.
Agree that the alterations which occurred were badly done and for the wrong reasons etc.

But there is no way that the ground could ever have remained essentially unchanged from 1972 beyond another decade or two (at most) - if nothing else, Bradford (1985) and Hillsborough (1989) would have put paid to that.

Or put it this way, how many other teams from the entire 92 made it even as far as the turn of the century with a 1972 Griffin Park-style stadium?

I can't think of any, tbh (though there may have been the odd exception? Southend U?)
 

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Agree that the alterations which occurred were badly done and for the wrong reasons etc.

But there is no way that the ground could ever have remained essentially unchanged from 1972 beyond another decade or two (at most) - if nothing else, Bradford (1985) and Hillsborough (1989) would have put paid to that.

Or put it this way, how many other teams from the entire 92 made it even as far as the turn of the century with a 1972 Griffin Park-style stadium?

I can't think of any, tbh (though there may have been the odd exception? Southend U?)
Chesterfield. Completely unchanged. As was Fulham.
 

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Agree that the alterations which occurred were badly done and for the wrong reasons etc.

But there is no way that the ground could ever have remained essentially unchanged from 1972 beyond another decade or two (at most) - if nothing else, Bradford (1985) and Hillsborough (1989) would have put paid to that.

Or put it this way, how many other teams from the entire 92 made it even as far as the turn of the century with a 1972 Griffin Park-style stadium?

I can't think of any, tbh (though there may have been the odd exception? Southend U?)
Chesterfield. Completely unchanged. As was Fulham.
Blackpool still had that oak style stand knocking the millenium
 

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Griffin Park was a proper, beautiful stadium
 

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Know they used to run up and down the New Road terraces and round Richmond Park pre season.
I'm sure I've seen some pictures of the players training on what was the car park behind the old Royal Oak.
 

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yes .. at the back the floor was wooden
Yep, me and my brother initially sat half way up on two big blocks of foam on the crash barrier, me gripping onto the leaky drain pipe with my left arm wrapped around it and my brother next to me with Dad stood behind.

Half way up now would be the very back now
 

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Yep, me and my brother initially sat half way up on two big blocks of foam on the crash barrier, me gripping onto the leaky drain pipe with my left arm wrapped around it and my brother next to me with Dad stood behind.

Half way up now would be the very back now
Fantastic story.

Going to take 100 years at LR to get similar stories.
 

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Did they always train on GP, or was that just staged for the cameras?
They did when my mum worked at the club in the early 1960's. She worked as a general secretary/office assistant mostly for Dennis Piggott who she hated. My brother and I sometimes used to go to work with her in the school holidays and spent the time running around the stands and my brother who is 4 years older than me used to take pens v Gerry Cakebread on the pitch in front of the Royal Oak before or after training. Unfortunately I was too young to join in being only about 5 or 6. I did play with my toy boats in the players big bath though before they arrived!
 

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Chesterfield. Completely unchanged. As was Fulham.
Thanks for that - I've actually been to Saltergate, too, so should have remembered that. They moved to their present home in 2010, so like Chesterfield generally, they were a decade behind the times!

Anyhow, a few isolated clubs like Chesterfield, Fulham and Luton out of 92 are surely the exception which proves the rule, which is that there was never any real prospect of a 1940's(?) ground surviving essentially unchanged as far as the turn of the century, never mind beyond into the 21st.

P.S. Saltergate was used to represent Derby County's Baseball Ground in the 2009 film "The Damned United", Derby having moved to Pride Park in 1997.
 
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Great clip. They used to let a few of us youngsters in to watch the training as long as you stood quietly in what was then the Braemar Road paddock. Before they started training on the pitch they used to spend quite a while sprinting up and down the perimeter track in front of the Braemar Road stand, with Eddie Lyons yelling at them all the way. Good memories.
 

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Some great stories here.

:idea:

Someone should write a book.
 
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Maybe.....

The players used to run up Porkchop Hill in Richmond Park an almost sheer climb over grass rock and shale.
 

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Only 14 players, the team picks itself, that’s unbelievable. I guess players played with minor problems all the time.
 

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They did when my mum worked at the club in the early 1960's. She worked as a general secretary/office assistant mostly for Dennis Piggott who she hated. My brother and I sometimes used to go to work with her in the school holidays and spent the time running around the stands and my brother who is 4 years older than me used to take pens v Gerry Cakebread on the pitch in front of the Royal Oak before or after training. Unfortunately I was too young to join in being only about 5 or 6. I did play with my toy boats in the players big bath though before they arrived!
:sorted: Great story mate. That must have been so cool
 

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Yep, me and my brother initially sat half way up on two big blocks of foam on the crash barrier, me gripping onto the leaky drain pipe with my left arm wrapped around it and my brother next to me with Dad stood behind.

Half way up now would be the very back now
Foam! Luxury!
In the early 60s I was taken on the cross bar of my older brothers bike from Greenford. My legs really hurt but I loved it. Sat on the crash barrier in New Road three quarters of the way up just to the left of the halfway line. Pipe smoke, Percy Daltons from the peanut seller, Mel Scott tackles and if I was lucky the rosette of some random team bought from a guy with a board outside the ground ( I had one of Bulgaria for ages). All followed by another incredibly painful and dodgy ride home. My brother died many years ago but I remember those days as clear as a bell. Strange, as I cannot recall what I did last weekend.
That’s why GP is effin special. Dusty in here
 

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Foam! Luxury!
In the early 60s I was taken on the cross bar of my older brothers bike from Greenford. My legs really hurt but I loved it. Sat on the crash barrier in New Road three quarters of the way up just to the left of the halfway line. Pipe smoke, Percy Daltons from the peanut seller, Mel Scott tackles and if I was lucky the rosette of some random team bought from a guy with a board outside the ground ( I had one of Bulgaria for ages). All followed by another incredibly painful and dodgy ride home. My brother died many years ago but I remember those days as clear as a bell. Strange, as I cannot recall what I did last weekend.
That’s why GP is effin special. Dusty in here
Great memories mate.
 

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During the Frank Blunstone era ,after a game I think against Doncaster my brother and I were in one of the Pubs , when Ccic Brodie and Brian Turner casme in , conversation went something like this:

Brian Turner " Frank was not too pleased tonight if we had won we would have been top of the league"


Chic Brodie " Really where are we in the league anyway"
 

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