New Road: How has it Changed?

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I moved from the Oak to just to the left of the halfway line just above the first row of barriers on NR in the early 70s. By the time we got promoted in 78 a lot of noisy supporters had moved from the Oak to the halfway line of NR although they returned to the Oak for games against the likes of Watford, Sheff Wed, and the game against Palace when it was kicking off all over. The further back you stood on NR the more you found yourself amongst some right moaning gits. Spent most of the 80s in Braemar, then upstairs in Wendy House when my son started coming. When that became aways only we switched to ER. You can never recreate the atmosphere of the old NR where a large number of my grandad's generation filled the place with cigarette smoke and reminiscences of the 30s
 

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When I first started going in 1972 i stood with my brother and dad on Ealing Road, then when I went on my own I would stand in The Royal Oak and change ends depending which way we were kicking.
In the mid 80's when The Oak was ripped down I stood with the singers on the halfway line just to the right of the entrance, and then to Hate Corner, and now back to where it all started on Ealing Road.
It's strange it the terrace seemed so much bigger before the roof went on it.
 

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My late older brother used to take me to reserve team games when we would watch the match from different parts of the ground. If I remember correctly there was a guy called Mickey Ball who seemed to play for the reserves but not ever for the first team- did I imagine this?
 

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My late older brother used to take me to reserve team games when we would watch the match from different parts of the ground. If I remember correctly there was a guy called Mickey Ball who seemed to play for the reserves but not ever for the first team- did I imagine this?
No , you didn’t, there was. He was a little winger, local lad I think who never made it at first team level but played lots of reserve games. I think he came through the juniors but not too sure ?
 

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No , you didn’t, there was. He was a little winger, local lad I think who never made it at first team level but played lots of reserve games. I think he came through the juniors but not too sure ?
He played 159 reserve team matches without ever making the first team. Now that's what you call patience.
 

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He played 159 reserve team matches without ever making the first team. Now that's what you call patience.
I'd have loved to have played one reserve game in the Red & White. 159 would've been unbelievable Jeff.
 

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Mick P. and the twins' lot were to the left, Harold Bishop and the younger lot to the right. Some very strange characters (prone to moaning) at the very back.

Lovely curved barriers either side of the stairs.

Definitely had to climb a few steps to get in. I ended up stewarding that staircase for a couple of seasons - 1990-92. I had a great view and no-one caused any bother.
Memories Billy
So many
Always remember going from back of stand to front in 2 seconds when we ever scored.
Never forget when Denny Mundee scores v Brighton 4-3 if memory serves me right New road went absolute mental!
You forget to mention Frankie Bailey with the twins. Mick P was one of the nicest blokes I ever met at GP Always look out for me at aways games in 80's on Mrs browns Bus.
Remember Del getting chuck out by old bill(Lopside head and pc 831) when we 0-0 with Plymouth he got so much stick when we won 7-0 !
As you say some strange characters but noise was unreal Many a game spent with football headache ( possibly the Beer).
Seems like yesterday though it was 30+ years ago. getting dusty now..................................................
 

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Fans of the above video will be delighted with the selection of old footage to be found in the Vcmazz's Bee List Forum, some superb views of the ground as she was, with 38k fans packed into GP in one of them. :yes:
 

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Yes, I noticed that too. And if the old wooden terrace sat on the existing frame behind the current stand, then if you were at the back, you'd only be able to stand up if you were 4' tall! That's why I wondered whether the back section of the roof was higher, as well as wider?
I stood at the back with some mates in late 60s for a midweek FA Cup replay vs Leyton Orient which l think we won 3-1. You could see the pitch but not the ball if it went high.
 

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I stood at the back with some mates in late 60s for a midweek FA Cup replay vs Leyton Orient which l think we won 3-1. You could see the pitch but not the ball if it went high.
That would've been on the wooden bit then..
 

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Yeah but that is already after it was cut in half and after The Oak was pulled down.
I don't recall saying anything to the contrary. The entrance in the middle looks different and how I remember it from my youth rather than how it is now.
 

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Some great pictures in this Months Groundtastic magazine of GP.
 

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GP's heart was ripped out the day the Oak was destroyed.
Exactly my feelings, i first went To go as an 8 yo kid in 62. That place was my cathedral. Seeing parts of the ground being sealed off and sold off to me was a disgrace, and when the Royal Oak went so did gp It had lost its iconic status. I know loads of you are gutted to leave the old girl, but it was lost to me when that sh*tty stand the Wendy house went up. Gp was old and big, but we all loved it. People talk about its character now, but that is nothing to what gp was in the 60”s and70” so agree with you TW3Bee
 

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Well said west wilts also at that time I lost faith in Martin Lange
 

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I had my last visit to Griffin Park yesterday.
My first since the Sheffield Wednesday game.
All boarded up by the Braemar Road now.
Sad day and one I will not forget just like my first visit.
I did want to walk around, but it was piddling down.
Thanks for a lifetime of memories.
Always in my heart.
 

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