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Posted by: hertfordshire mariner, June 19, 2010, 9:55pm
What was everyones first town game?

Mine was Grimsby V Sheff Wed  13/10/1986, kevin moores testimonial. was sat on the barrier at the front of the lower findus and could hardly see a thing as it was so foggy. i think we lost 9-1
Posted by: topuphere666, June 19, 2010, 9:57pm; Reply: 1
V Peterbourgh,
night game we won 2-1 either 1991 or 1992.

really really cold!!
Posted by: kingofthekippers, June 19, 2010, 10:00pm; Reply: 2
v Middlesbrough, circa 1985. We won 3-2 and a certain Brian Laws played for Boro. I still have the programme somewhere. I was 13 and all I recall that day were the wire fences in place at that time.
Posted by: Ipswin, June 19, 2010, 10:03pm; Reply: 3
At BP on Christmas Day 1958 (yes Christmas Day - footballers had to work for a living then) v Sheffield United Town lost 2-1
Posted by: kingofthekippers, June 19, 2010, 10:05pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from Ipswin
At BP on Christmas Day 1958 (yes Christmas Day - footballers had to work for a living then) v Sheffield United Town lost 2-1


I can understand that those were the days when footballers had to work but it must have caused some hassle for the fans with the missus regards the Christmas dinner.
Posted by: Ipswin, June 19, 2010, 10:11pm; Reply: 5
Quoted from kingofthekippers


I can understand that those were the days when footballers had to work but it must have caused some hassle for the fans with the missus regards the Christmas dinner.


If I recall it was a late morning kick off but all the blokes were drunk anyway so few got home in a fit state to eat lunch even if it was timed for 2 or 3 pm, most of them at the back of the Barratt had bottles of whisky or rum in their overcoat pockets.

Quite funny at full time as many 100s if not 1000s had arrived by bike!

We played the return game on 27th December at Bramall Lane and lost that 2-1 as well

Posted by: pseudonym, June 19, 2010, 10:19pm; Reply: 6
December 1958 - Town 2 Liverpool 3
Posted by: kingofthekippers, June 19, 2010, 10:19pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from Ipswin


If I recall it was a late morning kick off but all the blokes were drunk anyway so few got home in a fit state to eat lunch even if it was timed for 2 or 3 pm, most of them at the back of the Barratt had bottles of whisky or rum in their overcoat pockets.

Quite funny at full time as many 100s if not 1000s had arrived by bike!

We played the return game on 27th December at Bramall Lane and lost that 2-1 as well



Could you imagine that today? They'd all be in the back of a black maria after trying to enter the ground.

Posted by: kamakazebear, June 19, 2010, 10:20pm; Reply: 8
I have absolutely no idea. It was in the 90's, I just remember people shouting, "Come on Smithy", not sure which player seeing as there was a few Smiths around that time  :o
Posted by: Richard Cranium, June 19, 2010, 10:26pm; Reply: 9
1986 - town 3 arsenal 4 - i was one of the fans that helped clear snow off the pitch on the day to ensure the match was played
Posted by: SNOOZE, June 19, 2010, 10:31pm; Reply: 10
In 1966 when WE beat Workington 1-0 and MATT TEES scored I think
Posted by: arryarryarry, June 20, 2010, 12:19am; Reply: 11
Town 7 the Scunts 1.

Cr@p game really.
Posted by: Northy69er, June 20, 2010, 12:22am; Reply: 12
Night game on a Cold Tuesday night at BP, I sat on the rail around the Imperial Corner advertising boards.

We beat Port Vale 4-1 I think.

Would of been 1993/94 season?

And I got a touch of the match ball, lol :)
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, June 20, 2010, 4:53am; Reply: 13
Around 23 August 1971. Town beat Donny 4-3 in McMenemy's first season.
Posted by: livosnose, June 20, 2010, 7:53am; Reply: 14
town v chelsea 1984 my cousin played for town albeit briefly so was allowed to go in the bootroom before the match to look at the boots.
chelsea got promoted that day and I met kerry dixon and pat nevin.
Posted by: d_mariner84, June 20, 2010, 8:00am; Reply: 15
8th of may 1994 against millwall,  it was a 10th birthday present, we drew 0-0
Posted by: chrisloz, June 20, 2010, 8:22am; Reply: 16
I cant remember who we were playing but i remember Shaun Cunnington getting knocked out cold and having to be carried off. it would be around 1989 i would think. Can any remember the match ?
Posted by: GrimRob, June 20, 2010, 8:53am; Reply: 17
Grimsby 3-0 Hartlepool, opening game of the 1977-1978 season. Joe Waters got a hat trick! My dad supports Hartlepool and we left before the end (long time before that happened again LOL)

http://www.thefishy.co.uk/story.php?id=7988358
Posted by: 97 (Guest), June 20, 2010, 9:02am; Reply: 18
Easter 82, Town v Barnsley. 2-0 down at half time. I sometimes wish it had ended 2-0 then the bug wouldn't have bitten. Regrettably, Joe Waters had other ideas... ;)
Posted by: The NorthWall gtfc, June 20, 2010, 9:34am; Reply: 19
a think..

west brom at home? recall a player called richard sneekes scoring against us
Posted by: Brookenby Mariner, June 20, 2010, 9:40am; Reply: 20
12th September 1981, a 2-1 win over QPR and as I recall Bobby Cummins scored the winner. QPR got to the FA cup final later that season.
Posted by: Happy_Mariner, June 20, 2010, 9:50am; Reply: 21
23rd April 1984. We drew 0-0 with Cambridge and I was sat in the Upper Findus with my dad. As a five year old it's a shame I can't remember any of the players as we had some team back then.

My first season Tickets were the two promotion seasons under Sir Alan. Used to sit in the Main Stand with my Aunty and Uncle just behind the home dugout and loved to see Buckley lose his rag time and again.

Halcion days indeed.
Posted by: benbowers, June 20, 2010, 11:07am; Reply: 22
it was either
2-0 loss to watford or 3-3 draw to preston-i was mascot that day (when groves was manager and season we got relegated)
Posted by: WELLSY_GTFC, June 20, 2010, 11:12am; Reply: 23
v West Ham Utd 3-0 I think it was 1995/1996 I was  5 year old Good times
Posted by: Green27, June 20, 2010, 11:13am; Reply: 24
v Sunderland 1995

3-1 to Town and Jamie Forresters getting one on his debut and Livvo getting two. Was on telly too I think.
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, June 20, 2010, 11:22am; Reply: 25
I remember a lot of those games really well

Mine is a bit hazy as I was only 6, nearly 7....Huddersfield Feb 64 and we drew 2-2

Just think how lucky we've been to see some great games and teams...some poor sods are gonna look back in years to come and say Forest Green 2010  :(
Posted by: WELLSY_GTFC, June 20, 2010, 11:28am; Reply: 26
Quoted from FishOutOfWater
I remember a lot of those games really well

Mine is a bit hazy as I was only 6, nearly 7....Huddersfield Feb 64 and we drew 2-2

Just think how lucky we've been to see some great games and teams...some poor sods are gonne look back in years to come and say Forest Green 2010  :(


And i would still be proud to be a town rather than looking back and saying wow my first match was liverpoolv everton 2010
Posted by: Welwynmariner, June 20, 2010, 11:31am; Reply: 27
Quoted from pseudonym
December 1958 - Town 2 Liverpool 3


I was at that game too!! Liverpool played in red shirts and white shorts in those days!

First game was in the 1955-56 season against Bradford (City I think) though it might have been Park Avenue
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, June 20, 2010, 11:37am; Reply: 28
Quoted from WELLSY_GTFC


And i would still be proud to be a town rather than looking back and saying wow my first match was liverpoolv everton 2010


That's very true...my son's first game was at Rushden 2003 where we managed to throw away a 1-0 lead and lose 3-1 but he's looking forward to going there again next season.

I don't know if I'm happy or sad for him because he's now 11 and watching Town regularly seems to be getting well into his blood....better get ready for a life of mixed emotions which is something watching as a plastic prem fan you never really experience

Posted by: Mariner_501, June 20, 2010, 11:41am; Reply: 29
Town 3-1 Burnley I think it was, I think the win kept us up, or just about did. Around 2002? It's nice to feel young after all these '58s and '77s.  :P
Posted by: theicenian, June 20, 2010, 11:44am; Reply: 30
Quoted from Welwynmariner


I was at that game too!! Liverpool played in red shirts and white shorts in those days!

First game was in the 1955-56 season against Bradford (City I think) though it might have been Park Avenue



The reason I hate this thread,no matter how hard I try I can't remember my first game,I can remember our players but not who we played.  :o :o :o

But same season as you.

Posted by: Townfantom, June 20, 2010, 12:05pm; Reply: 31
Cant remember the date or score but it was against crewe
Posted by: dazwev, June 20, 2010, 12:48pm; Reply: 32
My first game was as a 5 year old a week after my birthday. It was February the 25th 1984, i can't remember much as i was too young, but we beat palace 1-0. ( how things have changed )

Anyone know who scored? I have the programme still......somewhere, and have just been scrabbling about in
th loft for the last hour trying to find it. ;D ;D
Posted by: Tommy, June 20, 2010, 1:00pm; Reply: 33
Town 3-2 Watford. First home game of 1992/93 season.

I remember going to a friendly game at BP against Gainsborough before that season started too, which i always remember because of the referee making Dave Gilbert take a free-kick 3 times (scoring the first 2 but missing the 3rd).
Posted by: Abdul19, June 20, 2010, 1:41pm; Reply: 34
Quoted from FishOutOfWater


That's very true...my son's first game was at Rushden 2003 where we managed to throw away a 1-0 lead and lose 3-1 but he's looking forward to going there again next season.



Was that when Macca managed to miss from about 4cm out near the end?
Posted by: ska face, June 20, 2010, 2:08pm; Reply: 35
Quoted from The NorthWall gtfc
a think..

west brom at home? recall a player called richard sneekes scoring against us


I was mascot that day  ;D

Mine was against Sunderland, March 1995 I think, we won 3-1 with Livvo getting a couple.
Posted by: immariner, June 20, 2010, 2:22pm; Reply: 36
Quoted from ska face


I was mascot that day  ;D

Mine was against Sunderland, March 1995 I think, we won 3-1 with Livvo getting a couple.


Same as myself and Green27 too. I remember I got a kids free voucher from school and begged my Dad to take me. All I remember from the game is some bald guy for them (Agnew?) and thinking that he must surely be too old to be playing football.

Posted by: LH, June 20, 2010, 2:24pm; Reply: 37
Town Vs Leeds Pre season, 1996. Someone's testimonial I think.
Posted by: ska face, June 20, 2010, 2:30pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from immariner


Same as myself and Green27 too. I remember I got a kids free voucher from school and begged my Dad to take me. All I remember from the game is some bald guy for them (Agnew?) and thinking that he must surely be too old to be playing football.



That must've been the same for me.

I've got a scrapbook from when I was younger and I've got a squad sheet from that match signed by Brian Laws  8)
Posted by: Abdul19, June 20, 2010, 2:34pm; Reply: 39
Quoted from LH
Town Vs Leeds Pre season, 1996. Someone's testimonial I think.


That was Macca's first, I think.
Posted by: 1106 (Guest), June 20, 2010, 2:40pm; Reply: 40
Cold tues night in April 1990. Grimsby 1 Peterboro2.

It was Buckleys first promotion year from div 4 to div 3. Had won 6/7 in a row prior to that match so my dad took me to see my first match and we ended up losing. Set me up well :)
Posted by: Biccys, June 20, 2010, 4:03pm; Reply: 41
I have no idea, but I was stood in the old Barrats I think. I remember Tony Ford was playing though. He was the only one I knew for some reason...!

My first EVER game was at Sincil Bank watching Lincoln v Colchester. We live in a pub in Lincoln and some locals took me along to a game when I was about 4-5. I remember it vividly as these 2 clown thought it's be great to start chanting "COLCHESTER!" To which the half a dozen Gimps to our left all chanted back "excrement!" And so it went on! Hated Lincoln ever since!
Posted by: carrot top, June 20, 2010, 4:11pm; Reply: 42
Around 23 August 1971. Town beat Donny 4-3 in McMenemy's first season.


It wasn't 4-3. Tuesday night game.

It was 3-1 to Town Woodward 2 anad Lewis 1 for Town. 10,000 plus gate aswell
Posted by: codcheeky, June 20, 2010, 5:40pm; Reply: 43
my dad took me to the last game against exeter in 1972, still remember the tobacco smell and going on the pitch on my dads shoulders at the end
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, June 20, 2010, 6:00pm; Reply: 44
Quoted from Abdul19


Was that when Macca managed to miss from about 4cm out near the end?


That's the one...Macca somehow missed his chance which would have been an equaliser for us and then about 30 seconds later they went down and scored to make it 3-1



Posted by: ginnywings, June 20, 2010, 6:58pm; Reply: 45
Can't remember my first game as i initially started going to sell the Sports Telegraph in 1970/71 season.

Would get knocked from pillar to post standing outside the Imperial Avenue gates trying to sell them once the game kicked out.Soon got fed up and spent most of my time watching the game instead of selling papers.

I was quickly relieved of my duties but have been going ever since.
Posted by: Vigo_Mariner, June 20, 2010, 7:11pm; Reply: 46
Feb 1980 v Swindon Town we won 2-0 remember Joe Waters scoring both and Tony Ford coming off the bench and hiting the bar
Posted by: ponnyfan, June 20, 2010, 9:46pm; Reply: 47
Colchester United at home
Posted by: The_Laughing_Mariner, June 21, 2010, 7:33am; Reply: 48
Quoted from TWAreaTownSupporter
Around 23 August 1971. Town beat Donny 4-3 in McMenemy's first season.


It wasn't 4-3. Tuesday night game.

It was 3-1 to Town Woodward 2 anad Lewis 1 for Town. 10,000 plus gate aswell


I think that was a a league cup game
Posted by: Roast Em Bobby, June 21, 2010, 7:41am; Reply: 49
v notts county, 1979, we won 3-0 or 3-1 it was 3rd round of League Cup, minutes silence for dead chairman, gary liddell and boby cummings scored, stood at the front of the main stand near the tunnel
Posted by: dapperz fun pub, June 21, 2010, 8:37am; Reply: 50
cardiff won 2 nil with a jack lewis brace 73-74
Posted by: barralad, June 21, 2010, 9:08am; Reply: 51
Quoted from carrot top


It wasn't 4-3. Tuesday night game.

It was 3-1 to Town Woodward 2 anad Lewis 1 for Town. 10,000 plus gate aswell


We played Donny twice in the month of August that season. We beat them 4-3 at night in the League Cup and then 3-1 in the league. Both were night games. 8)
Posted by: barralad, June 21, 2010, 9:10am; Reply: 52
Town 3 Newport 0. First match of the re-election season of 1968-69. Talk about false dawns....
Posted by: tails303, June 21, 2010, 10:53am; Reply: 53
Notts County F.A. Cup on a tuesday night in Feb 1984...think it was 4th round Second Replay...Town won 4-2. Sat in the Upper Findus. Went again the following saturday when we played Blackburn Rovers and Drew 1-1. My Brother was a Ball boy for that game!
Posted by: Peeler_Crab, June 21, 2010, 12:22pm; Reply: 54
My first away game was 05-05-90

Lost 2-0 to Chesterfield - last game of the season in Div 4, Town where already promoted though

Very hot, loads of trouble, Town fans climbing up the floodlights! Great first game!  ;)




Posted by: philnicgtfc, June 21, 2010, 2:24pm; Reply: 55
1996-97 season against QPR we won 2-0
Posted by: Mingmariner, June 21, 2010, 2:27pm; Reply: 56
Quoted from Peeler_Crab
My first away game was 05-05-90

Lost 2-0 to Chesterfield - last game of the season in Div 4, Town where already promoted though

Very hot, loads of trouble, Town fans climbing up the floodlights! Great first game!  ;)






Was mine to crazy day that was

Posted by: forza ivano, June 21, 2010, 2:38pm; Reply: 57
darlington home late in 71-72 season.stood on a fruit box at the front of the main stand and watched it kick off in the osmond
Posted by: carrot top, June 21, 2010, 3:06pm; Reply: 58
Quoted from barralad


We played Donny twice in the month of August that season. We beat them 4-3 at night in the League Cup and then 3-1 in the league. Both were night games. 8)


You are correct. Sorry about that
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, June 21, 2010, 7:03pm; Reply: 59
Quoted from carrot top


You are correct. Sorry about that


I wouldn't forget something like that now would I?! Bit like losing your virgininty that one, but I won't go into any details about that.  ;)
Posted by: mariner paul, June 21, 2010, 8:43pm; Reply: 60
my dad took me to see town play crystal palace in the early sixties iwas stood inbetween the pontoon and main stand and it finished 0-0 trouble is i cant remember any of the players thou.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             i think i must be getting old
Posted by: gary_elton, June 21, 2010, 8:52pm; Reply: 61
1960-61 season... we won 2 - 0... not sure of opposition cudda been Luton (?).. stood in
top corner of Osmond/Main stand. I blame my Dad for takin me but hooked ever since UTM
Posted by: jungleland, June 21, 2010, 9:17pm; Reply: 62

no memories of the date but around  1970 i think   stood in the osmond  against  bradford park av   think it was a draw
Posted by: grandmaster, June 25, 2010, 3:47pm; Reply: 63
Quoted from forza ivano
darlington home late in 71-72 season.stood on a fruit box at the front of the main stand and watched it kick off in the osmond


Your not that old...Are you LOL
Posted by: grimsby pete, July 30, 2010, 9:28pm; Reply: 64
I can not remember the game but it was 1955,

I was very young at the time. :)
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