Things that have disappeared from football matches (6 viewing)

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Not going to be popular with everyone but one of the best changes is you can watch a game without fag smoke constantly being blown in your face. Along with the improved standard of football one of the best improvements.
 

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Lost chants.
It’s probably a good thing that many of them are consigned to history as they’d be ejecting or arrestable offences now.

When I was a boy I couldn’t hear the words to “this is all you takeaway” properly, it sounded like something to do with onion takeaway. As curry seemed a very grown up thing then too.
I also never understood the chant about some teams and Ginsters ?
 

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Keith Hackett . Grrr , never forget that penalty at Sealand Road , useless fat dollop*

* him and me
 

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... but Managers watching from high up in the stand (usually Directors Box?) before poppng down to the dugout sometme in the second half, usually to send on the one permitted substtute.

I have a feeling George Graham may have been one of the last to maintain this?
David Webb used to do that. Did he come down and clip Marcus Bent around the ear in one game?
 

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Paying cash at the turnstile to get in.
 

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Lone Wrexham skinheads kicking a bollard for no apparent reason outside Mr Proto's sweet shop before a pre- season match

Weirdo , still we beat them 5-1 , that'll learn him
 
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Circa 1974- the Burger bar to the left of the turnstiles as you entered behind the Royal Oak stand had a foot long dead rat (plus tail) lying along the bottom of the kiosk. It was there for around 10 home matches.
 

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- Paying cash one the gate.
- Going to a game in a whim.
- Unreserved seats (i.e. terracing)
 

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Circa 1974- the Burger bar to the left of the turnstiles as you entered behind the Royal Oak stand had a foot long dead rat (plus tail) lying along the bottom of the kiosk. It was there for around 10 home matches.
I once bought a steak and kidney pie from there, around 1980. I had eaten half of it when I noticed it was a month out of date code so threw it down in disgust. That poor rat probably ate the rest of it
 

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Being able to change ends. I would stand on the Royal Oak and would leg it via The New Road if we were kicking off towards Ealing Road.( I was a fast runner then ) Half time ‘exodus , movement of the people’ . This inspired Bob Marley to write the reggae classic.
 

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In 1971 we drew at Swansea in the FA cup on the Saturday and lost the replay at GP on the Monday. I was on ER and the Swansea keeper, Millington, was hit by a missile. Steve Tom scored one of our goals. I can't remember what I was doing yesterday though. Not sure when arrangements for replays changed.
 

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Monday Night Football - gave us a real home advantage and the gates were always higher than the Saturday home game (even the Fulham attendance was bettered

7:30 kick offs, the results would be read out at the end of the nine o'clock news. Kids used to attend, as did those who worked locally. Now with the later kick off's and the extend half times the matches finish to late for kids to attend and those who work local appear to go jpme rather than hang around until kick off.

tighly laced up shoes or Docs... slip ons would just come off when we scored

Crowd surges for goals and near misses

Football Special with Party 7's (7 pint cans of beer for the journey up)

Booze on fooball coaches... went to Oxford once, the first pee stop was Northolt and two full bin liners of cans were unloaded by the bins.
 

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In 1971 we drew at Swansea in the FA cup on the Saturday and lost the replay at GP on the Monday. I was on ER and the Swansea keeper, Millington, was hit by a missile. Steve Tom scored one of our goals. I can't remember what I was doing yesterday though. Not sure when arrangements for replays changed.
I was talking to my Fulham supporting old school mate about this game a couple of weeks ago. A whole load of us went from school including him. He somehow cracked his head on a crush barrier but must have been bending over or something as we were 15 at the time. Decent crowd iirc.
 

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In 1971 we drew at Swansea in the FA cup on the Saturday and lost the replay at GP on the Monday. I was on ER and the Swansea keeper, Millington, was hit by a missile. Steve Tom scored one of our goals. I can't remember what I was doing yesterday though. Not sure when arrangements for replays changed.
I think the Arsenal v. Stoke saga was the start of the slippery slope for Replays in general.
 

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Large groups of North, leaving Ealing Rd terrace, stomping along the lower edge of the New Rd stand (usually flooded!) and into the Royal Oak to quietly suggest that BYE should vacate that area. Don’t really remember anyone taking that advise!
 

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Getting the supporters coach outside St.Paul's Church on Friday at midnight for away games up north on the Saturday - cold, miserable and arriving in Darlington or Barrow or Workington at 6 in the morning was real fun !! ☹ With Mary Farley and her mum in charge of coach you had to be on your best behaviour....😱😱
 

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If I remember properly their was an evening paper that was quickly produced and distributed informing all the footy results. It was especially quick up north!.
 

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If I remember properly their was an evening paper that was quickly produced and distributed informing all the footy results. It was especially quick up north!.
Ah the old Pink 'Un (often printed on pink paper though sometimes other colours like yellow or green were used to distinguish them from regular evening newspapers.)

Most of the regional dailies with a league club nearby had their own version.

You came out of the ground at 4.45, say, and they'd already be selling editions with match scores from around the country as recent as half-time, inc brief match reports, and even later score updates in the Stop Press column on the back page. Absolutely incredible how quick they were in getting them onto the streets in time. Then if you went into town, they'd have further editions with the final scores printed half an hour later! (Also had horse racing results and other sports coverage, plus the odd big Breaking News story).

Actually more here:

Most Saturday sports papers focus on football, providing match reports of games involving local teams and a full listing of final scores. Many also cover other traditional sports such as rugby or cricket and some have expanded into covering newer sports such as ice hockey. Saturday sports papers are published as soon after full-time as possible. Cardiff's South Wales Sports Echo was available to buy within twenty minutes of the end of the game, featuring half-time reports and full-time scores, with a fuller edition later in the evening. Many sports fans have fond memories of going out to buy a Saturday sports paper as soon as it was printed to find out how their team had done.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturday_sports_paper
 

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Getting the supporters coach outside St.Paul's Church on Friday at midnight for away games up north on the Saturday - cold, miserable and arriving in Darlington or Barrow or Workington at 6 in the morning was real fun !! ☹ With Mary Farley and her mum in charge of coach you had to be on your best behaviour....😱😱
Brings back memories for me too.
Remember catching The Pat Brown Express from there.

The memories all come flooding back when I'm round that way.
 

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Maybe not so much disappeared from matches, but getting home and updating the League Ladders that came with Shoot, Tiger, Score 'n' Roar, Goal and Victor - plus loads of other comics and mags. Completely useless but serious stuff to a 10-year-old boy.
 

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That went to 5 games in 1979 or 80.
I remember listening to these games on Radio 2 Soccer Special when I was a kid .. replays were played at Filbert St?? .. will always remember that Soccer Special theme tune when laying in bed with my small transistor radio
 

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