Griffin Park - The End of an Era.

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Your best memories of the old girl in full flight nite games or daytime matches Newport , Rangers 6 / 1 or Fulham Boxing Day Man City , bananas or man united youth your choice xxxxxxxxx
 

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Bees 1 Swansea 1 when they were second in the top division with a team full of internationals and ex Liverpool players. Kamara should have won it for us with a great chance but Roberts goal in front of 20 odd thousand people was a bit special.
 

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Beat Plymouth 7-0 on my birthday. Don't remember which one there have been so many!!!
 

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So many. The Man City cup game. Big Match cameras there for Grimsby in 72 ( two in a minute!!), the Swansea and Liverpool League cup games. Newport FRT semi final. THE Shef Utd evening game. All the promotion party games. Even the 4-0 thumping of Derby a couple of seasons ago is up there!!
 

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The great escape. Cup runs. Promotion invasion. Last minute winnes.But also pain a disappointment.
 

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Last 20 minutes or so of the Sheffield Wednesday play off game. As mentioned in many other threads it summed up the best of Brenntford, defiance in adversity and Griffin Park packed to the rafters. I am sure I could come up with many more but that is the first one that always comes to mind.
 

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Brentford 1 - 1 Southamton, under the lights. Wasn't brought up to support Brentford, changed teams plenty of times as a kid (mostly for a day lol), fell out of love with football. Saw my local team Brentford a few times throughout childhood and always had a soft spot, came to this game at a half filled Griffin Park where we went 1-0 down and Leon Legge equalised with a towering header and felt right at home and fell in love with the club and the game again. Wouldn't have it any other way.
 

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Memories:

Getting in for free at half time as a kid.
Being in what seemed like a massive crowd against Burnley where my feet couldn't touch the ground.
Being there for the record 9 - 0 defeat of Wrexham.
Being there at the Southend home game in 1967, first game after the "Goodbye Brentford" headline in the Daily Mirror.
Remembering the Royal Oak stand.
A lifetime of loving Brentford FC and the home of Football (for me at least) Griffin Park.
 

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There are so many memories of GP, the good times and the bad but overall it is the “family” of Brentford fans, those that still attend and the ghosts of those who have gone before, both friends and family that make it such a special place.

GP is a special old girl, warn out and, a bit like an old stripper, has seen better days but she is our home and has looked after us for many years. At times the football has been dire but despite everything the “ family” have continued to attend and when it has been converted to houses the spirit of all its past fans will still be there and our spiritual home will remain in our hearts for ever
 

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There are so many memories of GP, the good times and the bad but overall it is the “family” of Brentford fans, those that still attend and the ghosts of those who have gone before, both friends and family that make it such a special place.

GP is a special old girl, warn out and, a bit like an old stripper, has seen better days but she is our home and has looked after us for many years. At times the football has been dire but despite everything the “ family” have continued to attend and when it has been converted to houses the spirit of all its past fans will still be there and our spiritual home will remain in our hearts for ever
Spot on Mr Pipe
 

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Bees 1 Swansea 1 when they were second in the top division with a team full of internationals and ex Liverpool players. Kamara should have won it for us with a great chance but Roberts goal in front of 20 odd thousand people was a bit special.
Not quite that many. It was 15,262. And the sad thing is that I didn't even need to look that up.....
 

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The ground singing Martin Allen’s barmy army playoff semi final when we knew we were defeated
 

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Memories:

Getting in for free at half time as a kid.
Being in what seemed like a massive crowd against Burnley where my feet couldn't touch the ground.
Being there for the record 9 - 0 defeat of Wrexham.
Being there at the Southend home game in 1967, first game after the "Goodbye Brentford" headline in the Daily Mirror.
Remembering the Royal Oak stand.
A lifetime of loving Brentford FC and the home of Football (for me at least) Griffin Park.
All of the above ! One addition being the 6-1 win over that mob from the Bush on the opening day of the season.I turned to my late Father and said “I think this might be our year Dad” ? His look said it all....boy was he right !
 

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Excuse my indulgence here, and many of the below might not mean a lot to most (if anybody else), but here's my offering:

First game, early 1970s (can't remember against who) but do remember walking up steps to Braemar Road seating and looking out over what seemed like a huge expanse of bright green turf and being awestruck!!!
Smell of Deep Heat at evening games.
My Mum wearing a Purple coat for game v Doncaster in 1973 - Doncaster played in Purple that day!!
Wimbledon 2-3 (Francis Joseph played for them) Huge Bees/Dons rivalry at my school at the time.
Dad shouting at ref/players (first time I'd seen him express emotion).
Feeling of "belonging" somwehere as a teenager.
Fag end fireworks.
Standing on the dug outs to celebrate goals (and abusing BrumScum directors!!!)
"Peeeeeeanuts!!!!!" In The Oak.
Hugging my son after Bees goals.
Mboro 1-2 (noise when Gray equalised!!!) Most I've celebrated a goal since Bliss' 2nd at Balckburn.
Walking up to GP on a night match - floodlights/cigarette smoke hanging in the air.
Terrace 'rumbles' across The Oak v Portsmouth.
Notts County 2-2 (Biggar).
Walking past Mafeking Avenue - "Gets you there!!!" (Thumps chest!!).
Extra strong chewing gum.
Bovril.
'Surges' in the Royal Oak and "10, 9, 8, 7, 6.....steeeeeam!!!"
Puddles in the NR.
"Heigh Ho!!"
Liverpool 1-4 Milk Cup.
"Portsmouth" - Mike Oldfield.
"In Dulce Jubilo" at Christmas games.
Wigan 3-0 (To get into play offs).
Fullers sign in Ealing Road.
Red Spot on hoarding behind the goals.
1-0 v RaRas - Djuricin.
Ealing Road "salute" - facing the setting sun.
Watford 3-3 (Big Match game) on the 65 bus afterwards, conductor fending off attacking Watford mob!!
Sheff Utd 1-2 - 'That' game.
Newport 6-0 FRT.
Plymouth 7-0 ( my wife's last game - "boring" apparently!!!)
PNE 1-0 - promotion to Championship.
Huddersfield 1-1 (pens 😣).
Barnsley 0-2 (me, Dad and Sister all sat together in Braemar for first time in about 40 years).
Wolves 4-0.
Doncaster 0-1(😣).
Chester 1-1 1989 (my stag do).
"Miiiiiiiiiillwallllllll!!!" (in The Oak). Lots in their 'surgeons' coats!!!
Fulham 4-0.
Swansea 3-2 (comeback from 0-2).
Man City 3-1
Promotion Party back at GP after winning the title at Peterborough.

And, as others have said, can we correct the grammar in the thread title please?
 

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Excuse my indulgence here, and many of the below might not mean a lot to most (if anybody else), but here's my offering:

First game, early 1970s (can't remember against who) but do remember walking up steps to Braemar Road seating and looking out over what seemed like a huge expanse of bright green turf and being awestruck!!!
Smell of Deep Heat at evening games.
My Mum wearing a Purple coat for game v Doncaster in 1973 - Doncaster played in Purple that day!!
Wimbledon 2-3 (Francis Joseph played for them) Huge Bees/Dons rivalry at my school at the time.
Dad shouting at ref/players (first time I'd seen him express emotion).
Feeling of "belonging" somwehere as a teenager.
Fag end fireworks.
Standing on the dug outs to celebrate goals (and abusing BrumScum directors!!!)
"Peeeeeeanuts!!!!!" In The Oak.
Hugging my son after Bees goals.
Mboro 1-2 (noise when Gray equalised!!!) Most I've celebrated a goal since Bliss' 2nd at Balckburn.
Walking up to GP on a night match - floodlights/cigarette smoke hanging in the air.
Terrace 'rumbles' across The Oak v Portsmouth.
Notts County 2-2 (Biggar).
Walking past Mafeking Avenue - "Gets you there!!!" (Thumps chest!!).
Extra strong chewing gum.
Bovril.
'Surges' in the Royal Oak and "10, 9, 8, 7, 6.....steeeeeam!!!"
Puddles in the NR.
"Heigh Ho!!"
Liverpool 1-4 Milk Cup.
"Portsmouth" - Mike Oldfield.
"In Dulce Jubilo" at Christmas games.
Wigan 3-0 (To get into play offs).
Fullers sign in Ealing Road.
Red Spot on hoarding behind the goals.
1-0 v RaRas - Djuricin.
Ealing Road "salute" - facing the setting sun.
Watford 3-3 (Big Match game) on the 65 bus afterwards, conductor fending off attacking Watford mob!!
Sheff Utd 1-2 - 'That' game.
Newport 6-0 FRT.
Plymouth 7-0 ( my wife's last game - "boring" apparently!!!)
PNE 1-0 - promotion to Championship.
Huddersfield 1-1 (pens ��).
Barnsley 0-2 (me, Dad and Sister all sat together in Braemar for first time in about 40 years).
Wolves 4-0.
Doncaster 0-1(��).
Chester 1-1 1989 (my stag do).
"Miiiiiiiiiillwallllllll!!!" (in The Oak). Lots in their 'surgeons' coats!!!
Fulham 4-0.
Swansea 3-2 (comeback from 0-2).
Man City 3-1
Promotion Party back at GP after winning the title at Peterborough.

And, as others have said, can we correct the grammar in the thread title please?
Great post
 

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All of the above ! One addition being the 6-1 win over that mob from the Bush on the opening day of the season.I turned to my late Father and said “I think this might be our year Dad” ? His look said it all....boy was he right !
I've blocked that one from my memory because of what happened to both our teams after that season!!
 

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Excuse my indulgence here, and many of the below might not mean a lot to most (if anybody else), but here's my offering:

First game, early 1970s (can't remember against who) but do remember walking up steps to Braemar Road seating and looking out over what seemed like a huge expanse of bright green turf and being awestruck!!!
Smell of Deep Heat at evening games.
My Mum wearing a Purple coat for game v Doncaster in 1973 - Doncaster played in Purple that day!!
Wimbledon 2-3 (Francis Joseph played for them) Huge Bees/Dons rivalry at my school at the time.
Dad shouting at ref/players (first time I'd seen him express emotion).
Feeling of "belonging" somwehere as a teenager.
Fag end fireworks.
Standing on the dug outs to celebrate goals (and abusing BrumScum directors!!!)
"Peeeeeeanuts!!!!!" In The Oak.
Hugging my son after Bees goals.
Mboro 1-2 (noise when Gray equalised!!!) Most I've celebrated a goal since Bliss' 2nd at Balckburn.
Walking up to GP on a night match - floodlights/cigarette smoke hanging in the air.
Terrace 'rumbles' across The Oak v Portsmouth.
Notts County 2-2 (Biggar).
Walking past Mafeking Avenue - "Gets you there!!!" (Thumps chest!!).
Extra strong chewing gum.
Bovril.
'Surges' in the Royal Oak and "10, 9, 8, 7, 6.....steeeeeam!!!"
Puddles in the NR.
"Heigh Ho!!"
Liverpool 1-4 Milk Cup.
"Portsmouth" - Mike Oldfield.
"In Dulce Jubilo" at Christmas games.
Wigan 3-0 (To get into play offs).
Fullers sign in Ealing Road.
Red Spot on hoarding behind the goals.
1-0 v RaRas - Djuricin.
Ealing Road "salute" - facing the setting sun.
Watford 3-3 (Big Match game) on the 65 bus afterwards, conductor fending off attacking Watford mob!!
Sheff Utd 1-2 - 'That' game.
Newport 6-0 FRT.
Plymouth 7-0 ( my wife's last game - "boring" apparently!!!)
PNE 1-0 - promotion to Championship.
Huddersfield 1-1 (pens 😣).
Barnsley 0-2 (me, Dad and Sister all sat together in Braemar for first time in about 40 years).
Wolves 4-0.
Doncaster 0-1(😣).
Chester 1-1 1989 (my stag do).
"Miiiiiiiiiillwallllllll!!!" (in The Oak). Lots in their 'surgeons' coats!!!
Fulham 4-0.
Swansea 3-2 (comeback from 0-2).
Man City 3-1
Promotion Party back at GP after winning the title at Peterborough.

And, as others have said, can we correct the grammar in the thread title please?
Top post that.... Remember loads of what you've said there. It really will be a sad day when we say goodbye to Fortress GP.
 

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There are so many memories of GP, the good times and the bad but overall it is the “family” of Brentford fans, those that still attend and the ghosts of those who have gone before, both friends and family that make it such a special place.

GP is a special old girl, warn out and, a bit like an old stripper, has seen better days but she is our home and has looked after us for many years. At times the football has been dire but despite everything the “ family” have continued to attend and when it has been converted to houses the spirit of all its past fans will still be there and our spiritual home will remain in our hearts for ever
Lovely words.
 

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Excuse my indulgence here, and many of the below might not mean a lot to most (if anybody else), but here's my offering:

First game, early 1970s (can't remember against who) but do remember walking up steps to Braemar Road seating and looking out over what seemed like a huge expanse of bright green turf and being awestruck!!!
Smell of Deep Heat at evening games.
My Mum wearing a Purple coat for game v Doncaster in 1973 - Doncaster played in Purple that day!!
Wimbledon 2-3 (Francis Joseph played for them) Huge Bees/Dons rivalry at my school at the time.
Dad shouting at ref/players (first time I'd seen him express emotion).
Feeling of "belonging" somwehere as a teenager.
Fag end fireworks.
Standing on the dug outs to celebrate goals (and abusing BrumScum directors!!!)
"Peeeeeeanuts!!!!!" In The Oak.
Hugging my son after Bees goals.
Mboro 1-2 (noise when Gray equalised!!!) Most I've celebrated a goal since Bliss' 2nd at Balckburn.
Walking up to GP on a night match - floodlights/cigarette smoke hanging in the air.
Terrace 'rumbles' across The Oak v Portsmouth.
Notts County 2-2 (Biggar).
Walking past Mafeking Avenue - "Gets you there!!!" (Thumps chest!!).
Extra strong chewing gum.
Bovril.
'Surges' in the Royal Oak and "10, 9, 8, 7, 6.....steeeeeam!!!"
Puddles in the NR.
"Heigh Ho!!"
Liverpool 1-4 Milk Cup.
"Portsmouth" - Mike Oldfield.
"In Dulce Jubilo" at Christmas games.
Wigan 3-0 (To get into play offs).
Fullers sign in Ealing Road.
Red Spot on hoarding behind the goals.
1-0 v RaRas - Djuricin.
Ealing Road "salute" - facing the setting sun.
Watford 3-3 (Big Match game) on the 65 bus afterwards, conductor fending off attacking Watford mob!!
Sheff Utd 1-2 - 'That' game.
Newport 6-0 FRT.
Plymouth 7-0 ( my wife's last game - "boring" apparently!!!)
PNE 1-0 - promotion to Championship.
Huddersfield 1-1 (pens 😣).
Barnsley 0-2 (me, Dad and Sister all sat together in Braemar for first time in about 40 years).
Wolves 4-0.
Doncaster 0-1(😣).
Chester 1-1 1989 (my stag do).
"Miiiiiiiiiillwallllllll!!!" (in The Oak). Lots in their 'surgeons' coats!!!
Fulham 4-0.
Swansea 3-2 (comeback from 0-2).
Man City 3-1
Promotion Party back at GP after winning the title at Peterborough.

And, as others have said, can we correct the grammar in the thread title please?
Blimey. I remember every one of those although missed the Sheff Utd game as was working abroad and the Man City cup game as was on hols in South America. My dad wrote me a letter describing the first (the one and only letter he ever sent me. Wish I still had it) and I read the report for the second in a paper on the plane back to Heathrow. My wife wondered why I kept swearing when looking at the results. So although not actually there in person for those two emotionally I feel I was.
 

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The season we went up from D4.
We played oldham at Christmas who also going for promotion and it poured. The pitch was like a bog and and we beat them 2-1
 

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Of course there are far too many to mention them all. But as they pop into my head .... starting with my first visit to GP on 1 October 1977. A brace for Steve Phillips (one penalty) as the Bees beat Halifax Town 4-1. Swapping ends at half-time and enjoying both standing in and seeing in all its glory the Royal Oak Stand. Not many things from 42 years ago are still as vivid in my ageing memory bank!
 

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Just going to miss walking down the terraced roads towards the ground.
 
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Crossing the railway bridge on the way to the Brook Road end and coming out of the tunnel and seeing the ground opening up in front of be. Of course this predates the Wendy House.
 
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Has to be , Bees 3 - Man City 1 , FA Cup 1989 , travelled up to Gunnersbury from Dorset where my cousin and I walked to the game and stood in the Wendy House , what an atmosphere ...
 

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Has to be , Bees 3 - Man City 1 , FA Cup 1989 , travelled up to Gunnersbury from Dorset where my cousin and I walked to the game and stood in the Wendy House , what an atmosphere ...
The first really big FA Cup game I can remember since Bolton in 1975, I think it was, which was massive at the time.
 

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Middlesbrough in the cup in the 60s , Misty, great atmosphere, left New Road walking on air looking around at all happy faces. So so many with family members who have gone to the Away special in the Sky. Gonna miss it
 

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I'm going to have to go back to my memory bank and try and pick one for every season I have been following The Bees.

I maybe gone some time.
 

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There have been too many to pick out any specific games or moments. Like others have said maybe the first game(s) are the most special memories as the magic of the place was like nothing else I had experiences as a young boy especially as it was pre the mid 80's downsizing with the Oak and full sized New Road in all their glory.

If I had to pick one "genre" of memories it would be evening games above all, where GP really comes into its own.
 

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My very first memory of GP, 10 years old walking down Clifden Road floodlights shining onto the theatre of Dreams. Climbing the steps and coming out onto the corner of The Royal Oak, it looked enormous. I honestly don't remember who we played but I've never forgotten that moment of walking into the ground.

Returning after many years. The same friendly atmosphere, the humour, it felt so like returning home that it brought a tear to my eye.

..I'm rather dreading that last game. It's all going to be a bit too emotional.
 
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Excuse my indulgence here, and many of the below might not mean a lot to most (if anybody else), but here's my offering:

First game, early 1970s (can't remember against who) but do remember walking up steps to Braemar Road seating and looking out over what seemed like a huge expanse of bright green turf and being awestruck!!!
Smell of Deep Heat at evening games.
My Mum wearing a Purple coat for game v Doncaster in 1973 - Doncaster played in Purple that day!!
Wimbledon 2-3 (Francis Joseph played for them) Huge Bees/Dons rivalry at my school at the time.
Dad shouting at ref/players (first time I'd seen him express emotion).
Feeling of "belonging" somwehere as a teenager.
Fag end fireworks.
Standing on the dug outs to celebrate goals (and abusing BrumScum directors!!!)
"Peeeeeeanuts!!!!!" In The Oak.
Hugging my son after Bees goals.
Mboro 1-2 (noise when Gray equalised!!!) Most I've celebrated a goal since Bliss' 2nd at Balckburn.
Walking up to GP on a night match - floodlights/cigarette smoke hanging in the air.
Terrace 'rumbles' across The Oak v Portsmouth.
Notts County 2-2 (Biggar).
Walking past Mafeking Avenue - "Gets you there!!!" (Thumps chest!!).
Extra strong chewing gum.
Bovril.
'Surges' in the Royal Oak and "10, 9, 8, 7, 6.....steeeeeam!!!"
Puddles in the NR.
"Heigh Ho!!"
Liverpool 1-4 Milk Cup.
"Portsmouth" - Mike Oldfield.
"In Dulce Jubilo" at Christmas games.
Wigan 3-0 (To get into play offs).
Fullers sign in Ealing Road.
Red Spot on hoarding behind the goals.
1-0 v RaRas - Djuricin.
Ealing Road "salute" - facing the setting sun.
Watford 3-3 (Big Match game) on the 65 bus afterwards, conductor fending off attacking Watford mob!!
Sheff Utd 1-2 - 'That' game.
Newport 6-0 FRT.
Plymouth 7-0 ( my wife's last game - "boring" apparently!!!)
PNE 1-0 - promotion to Championship.
Huddersfield 1-1 (pens ��).
Barnsley 0-2 (me, Dad and Sister all sat together in Braemar for first time in about 40 years).
Wolves 4-0.
Doncaster 0-1(��).
Chester 1-1 1989 (my stag do).
"Miiiiiiiiiillwallllllll!!!" (in The Oak). Lots in their 'surgeons' coats!!!
Fulham 4-0.
Swansea 3-2 (comeback from 0-2).
Man City 3-1
Promotion Party back at GP after winning the title at Peterborough.

And, as others have said, can we correct the grammar in the thread title please?
tremendous stuff :)

remember the millwall game in 78/79 (last home game, 1-0 us funnel I think to win to defo stay up)...went in the braemar seats at 2.30 to see a massive bees mob in the RO at the top, properly impressed this 11 year old that !!!!.....then when the teams came out the massive mob were all cheering millwall :( lol lol
 

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tremendous stuff :)

remember the millwall game in 78/79 (last home game, 1-0 us funnel I think to win to defo stay up)...went in the braemar seats at 2.30 to see a massive bees mob in the RO at the top, properly impressed this 11 year old that !!!!.....then when the teams came out the massive mob were all cheering millwall :( lol lol
I was away for that one.
 

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tremendous stuff :)

remember the millwall game in 78/79 (last home game, 1-0 us funnel I think to win to defo stay up)...went in the braemar seats at 2.30 to see a massive bees mob in the RO at the top, properly impressed this 11 year old that !!!!.....then when the teams came out the massive mob were all cheering millwall :( lol lol
Exactly the same except I was 12!!!! I was a 'Royal Oaker' normally, but opted for Braemar seats that day!!! lol You're correct about Tony Funnell too!!!
 

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Bees v Liverpool, Milk Cup, think it was 2nd round 1st leg.
Huge crowd and the Royal Oak was rammed.
They gave up on the turnstiles and the gates were opened just before kick off.
Must have been over 20,000 in the ground that night.
 

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First game – v Workington, 74 (I think)
Last game – v Gillingham 2010
Biggest game v Liverpool October 83
Strangest game v Sheffield United (the Alf Grey match)
Other memorable Games (Various Reasons):
V Darlington 78 Promotion and Middlesex Chronicle “Hats”
V Blackburn 82, League cup game.
V Man City 89, Gary Blissett
V Watford 79, The Big Match.
V Newport County 85, Freight Rover Trophy
V Bristol Rovers 82, Opening day 5-1 victory
V Sunderland 2006 under Martin Allen
Random Memories
Ian Hutchinson(?) running Stripes, Mid 80’s
The fire and the lucky escape the groundsman had.
The fence at the back of the old New Road
Peanuts on the old Royal Oak and the long queue to transfer to Braemar Road
 
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