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Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 12:32pm
With the new season almost upon us lets just wallow in a bit of nostalgia.

Everyone who was there at the time will always remember Wilkie's goal at Everton, Burnett's at Wembley, Jevvo's at Liverpool etc, but what your ONE clearest random memory at a Town game.

Mine is Shaun Cunnington climbing up on the fence in front of the 1000 Town fans after he had scored the winner at Reading in the 4th Round FA Cup replay at Elm Park in 88/89.
Posted by: Mariner_501, July 27, 2010, 12:34pm; Reply: 1
Oh no, reading these stories make me want to kill my mum and dad for not having me alot sooner.  :(
Posted by: Townfantom, July 27, 2010, 12:40pm; Reply: 2
Isiah Rankins goal in the 03/04 season when it could have kept us up and everyone was going mad!
Posted by: Rodley Mariner, July 27, 2010, 12:42pm; Reply: 3
Donovan screaming that volley in at Turf Moor in the AWS Northern Final.Realising that I was going to see Town at Wembley was amazing.
Posted by: headingly_mariner, July 27, 2010, 12:43pm; Reply: 4
david soames breakaway goal at pride park on boxing day to make it 3-1 to town at no point in that passage of play did he look like scoring and it still found its way into the net.
Posted by: shebaswhiskers, July 27, 2010, 12:46pm; Reply: 5
1982 ish vs Barnsley. 2-0 down at half time, Nigel Batch getting no end of stick and pelted with coins from 1500 of their fans. Three second half goals to win the game and Batch ran the length of the pitch to the osmond to "enquire" about the score
Posted by: Doctor Sanchez, July 27, 2010, 12:47pm; Reply: 6
Paul Groves' goal at Chesterfield in 'that season'.  I remember Donovan running practially the length of the pitch with the ball and crossing it for Grovesey to volley it in from the edge of the box.  The best Town goal I've ever seen.  :)

Or Paul Futcher's goal. I was there!
Posted by: aldi_01, July 27, 2010, 12:52pm; Reply: 7
I have a couple, one isn't even by a town player...muzzy izzets goal from outside the box, i just remember standing up and clapping and thinking 'what a flipping goal'.
I remember Mendonca scoring past us when charlton got relegated and all the town fans cheered when he scored lol.

Donovans goal at BP to get us to the play offs, thinking about it now makes me feel weird, it was strange, we were the best side that season and although we had already been to wembley, actually scoring a goal at BP to get us to wembley was mega.
Posted by: pontoonlew, July 27, 2010, 12:55pm; Reply: 8
Alan Pouton scoring an own goal from the halfway line against Reading. Still aint seen that since.
Posted by: jock dock tower, July 27, 2010, 12:55pm; Reply: 9
The first mass exodus of Town fans - to Coventry in the 72-3 FA Cup. 20,000 plus fans descended on Highfield Road to give Coventry their biggest home attendance for nearly 5 years! I remember the huge queues of traffic en route, and I think it was at Newark in those days, that the coaches were nose to tail and not miving that dozens of folk jumped off the coaches into a nearby pub, grabbed a pint and walked about another 10 yards to pick the bus up again.
The heartbreak of being put out of the Cup by a Micky Coop penalty, 5 minutes from time, was all the more saddening because Mick was a Grimsby lad.
Liverpool in the79-80 season as well when we took 20,000 plus to Anfield - whole of the Anfield Road end, half the Kemlyn Road stand, and also a big overflow in the Kop, which only lasted a short while as the Scousers weren't keen on being "invaded". Evening Telegraph had the headline on day of the game "Will the last person out of Grimsby please turn off the lights?"
Posted by: STB, July 27, 2010, 12:55pm; Reply: 10
4-0 victory over Sheff U to win the league in May 1980, apart from a few false dawns, its been downhill since then!
Posted by: BIGChris, July 27, 2010, 1:08pm; Reply: 11
Some of those mentioned above relate to huge triumphs but in keeping with the random thread i'd go for

Town beating Peterborough 3-2 near the end of the 71-72 season. It was the featured game on Anglia TV. I think we were 2-0 down. Neil freeman in goal (?) and if my memory serves me right Dave Worthington scored that dayfrom the edge of the box at the Pontoon end?

Oldfootbaler may be able to confirm?
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 1:14pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from BIGChris
Some of those mentioned above relate to huge triumphs but in keeping with the random thread i'd go for

Town beating Peterborough 3-2 near the end of the 71-72 season. It was the featured game on Anglia TV. I think we were 2-0 down. Neil freeman in goal (?) and if my memory serves me right Dave Worthington scored that dayfrom the edge of the box at the Pontoon end?

Oldfootbaler may be able to confirm?


That's what I'm really after Chris. Not any memories of games that clinched us promotion or got us to Wembley just one particular game that wasn't really that huge.


Another memory of mine is when we won 2-1 at Plymouth when Super Clive scored his first ever goal for us and 100 or so Town fans doing the conga in the pouring rain around the away end.

Posted by: Marinerz93, July 27, 2010, 1:14pm; Reply: 13
There are so many great and picture perfect memories of Town players scoring against great teams or putting away important goals.  I have a few that I hold dear

1.  John Cockerill handing out leaflets on a cold and wet winters night trying to raise support for the Mariners who were 4th from bottom in what is now League 2.

2.  Mendonca in tears as he played his final game for us at BP.

3.  Loads of Town fans hugging Woods when we got relegated at Burton.

2 & 3 almost had me in tears and 1 gives me the heart to carry on following this great club.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, July 27, 2010, 1:29pm; Reply: 14
April 26 1960, a Tuesday evening, Town at home to Southampton who had just achieved promotion to Div 2 while Town had flattered to deceive and would finish 4th.

Southampton had Terry Paine, England winger and record appearance maker to be. They also had a centre forward called Derek Reeves who scored 40 odd goals that season including all 5 in the League Cup when they beat Leeds 5-4. Also playing for Southampton that night was a lad called Brian Clifton who quite a few may know. I was in the open corner between the Osmond and the Barrett, next to the old Boys' Paddock.

I can't remember the sequence of scoring but I do remember Alan Barnett saved a penalty. Then there was a goal which will always be the best I've seen at Blundell Park. Don Donovan at right back picked the ball up on halfway and chipped a ball perfectly over a defender to Johnny Scott on the touchline. Scott being Scott he waited for the defender to turn round and run back in front of him before leaving him on his backside and looked up. He put the most accurate cross I've ever seen, between the penalty spot and the 6 yard box, and Ralph Hunt steamed in from the edge of the area and headed it like a bullet just under the bar. There were 11,000+ in the ground for this meaningless league game that night and they simply erupted.

Hunt scored 33 goals in 39 games that season. Rafferty got 24 in 46 games and Scott 14 in 45 matches.
Posted by: Rodley Mariner, July 27, 2010, 1:35pm; Reply: 15
When we were going well in what's now The Championship, on a winning run, maybe with Dave Beasant still on loan. Think we went one down, equalised fairly late and Mendonca scored the winner from miles out in the last minute, with the help of a massive deflection in front of the Ponny, which went mental.
Posted by: Roast Em Bobby, July 27, 2010, 1:40pm; Reply: 16
winning away at leicester (at filbert street) to stay up, two whymark goals if my memory serves me correctly, all the players coming over to the town fans in the corner at the end, seeing my normally restrained dad going as crazy as me.
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, July 27, 2010, 1:47pm; Reply: 17
Anyone recall when we played Swindon at home in the 79-80 season?

It was a top of the table challenge, a really tight game at 0-0 in the second half, when one of their players dived across the goal to "save" a certain goal...instead of us getting a penalty though, the ref gave a corner, assuming the save must have been made by their keeper?

The outrage at the decision was over-turned about 30 seconds later though when we scored from the corner (can't remember who it was - we had a good routine on corners back then)

Justice was done and then to finally see their challenge off, in the last minute or so Tony Ford got the second

I look back on that game and think maybe because we stuck to our task in the face of an appalling decision against one of our promotion rivals, that spurred us on to take us up as the champions a couple of months later

Nostalgia eh...it ain't what it used to be!  ;)
Posted by: excusebeef, July 27, 2010, 1:50pm; Reply: 18
Alan Buckley's reaction to the "perfect" team goal when we played Palace at home 98/99. Culminating in a Coldicott chest down for Widdrington to volley from edge of the box.

The famous "hop hop diop" chant to the injured Wrexham man Diop a few seasons back

The skanky old guy with the black and white striped hair in the pontoon who always rants nicking my hot chocolate flask and drinking it all....male private!

Martin pringles leg break right in fron of me in the Lower Smiths and the ref bottles it and gives Challinor a yellow but later realises his mistake and send Palmer off instead.

Turning up at Millmoor when the match was at Don Valley.Such a mammary!!!
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, July 27, 2010, 1:50pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Roast Em Bobby
winning away at leicester (at filbert street) to stay up, two whymark goals if my memory serves me correctly, all the players coming over to the town fans in the corner at the end, seeing my normally restrained dad going as crazy as me.


Remember that really well...think there was a heart stopping moment in the second half where everyone stopped for an offside that wasn't given and their guy just had to beat Batchy with no-one around but messed it up and we clung on to our 2-1 lead till the end

I actually had a friend come along with me at that game who some years later went on to join Scunny's board of directors and even he was jumping up and down cheering our success in avoiding the drop  :)
Posted by: theicenian, July 27, 2010, 1:58pm; Reply: 20
April 26 1960, a Tuesday evening, Town at home to Southampton who had just achieved promotion to Div 2 while Town had flattered to deceive and would finish 4th.

Southampton had Terry Paine, England winger and record appearance maker to be. They also had a centre forward called Derek Reeves who scored 40 odd goals that season including all 5 in the League Cup when they beat Leeds 5-4. Also playing for Southampton that night was a lad called Brian Clifton who quite a few may know. I was in the open corner between the Osmond and the Barrett, next to the old Boys' Paddock.

I can't remember the sequence of scoring but I do remember Alan Barnett saved a penalty. Then there was a goal which will always be the best I've seen at Blundell Park. Don Donovan at right back picked the ball up on halfway and chipped a ball perfectly over a defender to Johnny Scott on the touchline. Scott being Scott he waited for the defender to turn round and run back in front of him before leaving him on his backside and looked up. He put the most accurate cross I've ever seen, between the penalty spot and the 6 yard box, and Ralph Hunt steamed in from the edge of the area and headed it like a bullet just under the bar. There were 11,000+ in the ground for this meaningless league game that night and they simply erupted.

Hunt scored 33 goals in 39 games that season. Rafferty got 24 in 46 games and Scott 14 in 45 matches.





Oh my heavens,that is a memory.     20 goals a season eh,mmmm.


Whenever these threads come up always the image of Ron hitting that one from the halfway line which if it hadn't gone in would have killed hundreds behind the goal springs to mind.  I cannot even remember who it was against but he then became Rocket Ron and was greeted by shouts of shoot every time he got the ball.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 2:01pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from Rodley Mariner
When we were going well in what's now The Championship, on a winning run, maybe with Dave Beasant still on loan. Think we went one down, equalised fairly late and Mendonca scored the winner from miles out in the last minute, with the help of a massive deflection in front of the Ponny, which went mental.


West Ham IIRC.
Posted by: Rodley Mariner, July 27, 2010, 2:04pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from Les Brechin


West Ham IIRC.


I'm thinking Bristol City?
Posted by: grimsby pete, July 27, 2010, 2:08pm; Reply: 23
The one thing that sticks out in my memory is when we played Norwich in the early 60's,

Some idiot threw a bottle on the pitch and their winger threw it back into the crowd, hitting a young lad standing in the barrett stand,

The crowd went mad as you can imagine plus the poor lad was a Norwich supporter.
Posted by: alvinghammariner, July 27, 2010, 2:11pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from excusebeef
Alan Buckley's reaction to the "perfect" team goal when we played Palace at home 98/99. Culminating in a Coldicott chest down for Widdrington to volley from edge of the box.

The famous "hop hop diop" chant to the injured Wrexham man Diop a few seasons back

The skanky old guy with the black and white striped hair in the pontoon who always rants nicking my hot chocolate flask and drinking it all....male private!

Martin pringles leg break right in fron of me in the Lower Smiths and the ref bottles it and gives Challinor a yellow but later realises his mistake and send Palmer off instead.

Turning up at Millmoor when the match was at Don Valley.Such a mammary!!!


Unfortunately I remember the Pringle leg break well, sat in the Lower smiths, not pleasant.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 2:12pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from Rodley Mariner


I'm thinking Bristol City?


It was yeah. I think Mendonca scored a similar long range effort a couple of games earlier when we drew with West Ham.
Posted by: Little Mariner, July 27, 2010, 2:13pm; Reply: 26
West Ham I'm sure

And Hop Hop Diop was Kidderminster
Posted by: voice of reason, July 27, 2010, 2:22pm; Reply: 27
Couple of randoms for me... The first we where playing Norwich at home and went 2-0 up they pulled 1 back and then got the equaliser in the 5th min of stoppage time out of the three tops that should have been allowed... I remember it because as the Norwich player was getting closer town was backing off and I was screaming at Handyside (I think) to close him down, well whoever it was didn't close him down and the Norwich player got to about 20 yards out and curld it into the top corner... I was fuming, I had just got to BP in time for kick off after getting my foot plastered, I had broken it in a drunken stuper the night before... Come to think of it, it might have made it 3-2 to them, either way I remember the goal if nothing else..

The second was a burst of pace from our manager, Mr Woods. I think it sticks out because it was the only time I had seen any pace from him... He got the ball layed off to him in the centre circle burst onto the pass, jinked round 2 players and was through on goal with just the GK to beat, he pulled the trigger near the edge of the box and I can't remember but think it went way over the bar or hit the bar... Anyway good bit of skill and pace from the carthorse...

God my memory is shocking... what am I going to be like when I reach the ripe old age of the Icey man... ??) ??) ??)
Posted by: Rodley Mariner, July 27, 2010, 2:24pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from Little Mariner
West Ham I'm sure



The game I'm thinking of was Bristol City - think Andy Cole might've scored their goal?
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 2:29pm; Reply: 29
Quoted from FishOutOfWater
Anyone recall when we played Swindon at home in the 79-80 season?

It was a top of the table challenge, a really tight game at 0-0 in the second half, when one of their players dived across the goal to "save" a certain goal...instead of us getting a penalty though, the ref gave a corner, assuming the save must have been made by their keeper?

The outrage at the decision was over-turned about 30 seconds later though when we scored from the corner (can't remember who it was - we had a good routine on corners back then)

Justice was done and then to finally see their challenge off, in the last minute or so Tony Ford got the second

I look back on that game and think maybe because we stuck to our task in the face of an appalling decision against one of our promotion rivals, that spurred us on to take us up as the champions a couple of months later

Nostalgia eh...it ain't what it used to be!  ;)


That was the same season that both us and Swindon had great League Cup runs. We lost in the quarter-finals to Wolves and I think Swindon actually got to the semi-finals that same season.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, July 27, 2010, 2:33pm; Reply: 30
Quoted from theicenian





Oh my heavens,that is a memory.     20 goals a season eh,mmmm.


Whenever these threads come up always the image of Ron hitting that one from the halfway line which if it hadn't gone in would have killed hundreds behind the goal springs to mind.  I cannot even remember who it was against but he then became Rocket Ron and was greeted by shouts of shoot every time he got the ball.


Far be it from me to question the memory of so distinguished a poster but are you thinking of Cannonball Cockerill, signed from Huddersfield in 1958, father of John and Glenn, by any chance?

Posted by: theicenian, July 27, 2010, 2:39pm; Reply: 31


Far be it from me to question the memory of so distinguished a poster but are you thinking of Cannonball Cockerill, signed from Huddersfield in 1958, father of John and Glenn, by any chance?




Cannon Ball, Rocket but above all a gentle  man with a superior footie brain and yes a father of a dynasty.

Posted by: grimsby pete, July 27, 2010, 2:41pm; Reply: 32
Quoted from theicenian



Cannon Ball, Rocket but above all a gentle  man with a superior footie brain and yes a father of a dynasty.



He was also uncle to Clive Wigginton if my memory serves me well.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 2:43pm; Reply: 33
Gallimore missing a penalty for Barnsley in the last minute to win the game in front of the Town fans is another one I'll never forget.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, July 27, 2010, 2:45pm; Reply: 34
Quoted from grimsby pete


He was also uncle to Clive Wigginton if my memory serves me well.


He was indeed, he was also our "man from the Pru" for many years. :)

Ron was the hardest striker of a (proper) football I ever saw. The only one who came close was John Stone.

Posted by: maxfox44, July 27, 2010, 2:47pm; Reply: 35
What about the when we all shouted, Boulding, Boulding, what's the score.  When we thrashed Barnsley 6-1?  He was sat on the bench as an unused sub I seem to remember.
Posted by: BIGChris, July 27, 2010, 2:50pm; Reply: 36


He was indeed, he was also our "man from the Pru" for many years. :)

Ron was the hardest striker of a (proper) football I ever saw. The only one who came close was John Stone.



Lew Chatterley could strike a ball too!
Posted by: Little Mariner, July 27, 2010, 2:53pm; Reply: 37
Toomy Watson scored a brilliant diving header against Bristol,  Yes I think Cole did score for them and w ewon 2-1,  was that a beasant game though
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 2:56pm; Reply: 38
Quoted from maxfox44
What about the when we all shouted, Boulding, Boulding, what's the score.  When we thrashed Barnsley 6-1?  He was sat on the bench as an unused sub I seem to remember.

They actually brought him on towards the end. I think it was 5-1 at the time.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, July 27, 2010, 2:59pm; Reply: 39
Quoted from BIGChris


Lew Chatterley could strike a ball too!



Yes he could Chris. Nice bloke too. But even Lew couldn't hit one from as far out as Ron did that was still going up when it hit the net. ;D

Posted by: darren9, July 27, 2010, 4:02pm; Reply: 40
Beating Burnley when they had Gazza playing - he came and took a corner in front of the Ponny who were all chanting "Gazza whats the score" he looked at us held up his hands showing the score and applauded us before taking the kick.

Pouton going down about 3 minutes after being challenged against Barnsley which got their keeper sent off. I think that was the game their keeper had to wear our keeper shirt because of clashes with the shirts.

Livvo getting knocked out - I have never heard a grown so silent for so long - a horrible period.

Livvo scoring when he eventually came back, I don't remember who we were playing or how he scored but I remember him being dragged into the Ponny afterwards.
Posted by: tanga_the_indestructible, July 27, 2010, 4:07pm; Reply: 41
Quoted from BIGChris
Some of those mentioned above relate to huge triumphs but in keeping with the random thread i'd go for

Town beating Peterborough 3-2 near the end of the 71-72 season. It was the featured game on Anglia TV. I think we were 2-0 down. Neil freeman in goal (?) and if my memory serves me right Dave Worthington scored that dayfrom the edge of the box at the Pontoon end?

Oldfootbaler may be able to confirm?


I remember that game really well because I invaded the pitch at the end (I was about 11) and saw myself on telly the next day when it was on. Blundell Park was a mudbath, it was near the end of that great season. I remember going to the friendly against Japan before the start of the season and we won 7-2. I think we scored four goals in the first three games too and it carried on all season like that: Mike Hickman, Matt Tees, Dave Boylen, Dave Worthington. Brilliant. The season before that was absolutely terrible too with Bobby Kennedy in charge. Let's hope the new season has a similar turnaround.

Posted by: coddy60, July 27, 2010, 4:11pm; Reply: 42
Hoddle was my favourite player I'd never seen play a live game, until he brought Swindon here on Valentines night 17/18years ago when he was player manager (I sulked until the missus took me to the game!).
I think it was midway through the second half Tony Rees, with Hoddle marking him and his back to goal, turned on a sixpence and lashed one into the bottom corner from about 30yards to put the mariners 2-1up and win the game.
Sad to see my hero embarrassed like that at the end of his career, but by far the best goal I ever saw Rees  score..
Posted by: benbowers, July 27, 2010, 4:20pm; Reply: 43
I have only supported town since their decline (last season in the championship) so I barely have any good memories  :(
Posted by: moosey_club, July 27, 2010, 4:21pm; Reply: 44
Quoted from Les Brechin


That's what I'm really after Chris. Not any memories of games that clinched us promotion or got us to Wembley just one particular game that wasn't really that huge.


Another memory of mine is when we won 2-1 at Plymouth when Super Clive scored his first ever goal for us and 100 or so Town fans doing the conga in the pouring rain around the away end.



Was there that day i believe, and i also think the history books would reveal he tucked it in past Rhys Wilmot who we signed a couple of years later!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: coddy60, July 27, 2010, 4:27pm; Reply: 45
John Oster' wonder goal at Wednesday when we were 7 down (I think), which was definitely goal of the game, everybody celebrated it like it won the game!
Posted by: moosey_club, July 27, 2010, 4:27pm; Reply: 46
[quote=618]With the new season almost upon us lets just wallow in a bit of nostalgia.

Everyone who was there at the time will always remember Wilkie's goal at Everton, Burnett's at Wembley, Jevvo's at Liverpool etc, but what your ONE clearest random memory at a Town game.

Mine is Shaun Cunnington climbing up on the fence in front of the 1000 Town fans after he had scored the winner at Reading in the 4th Round FA Cup replay at Elm Park in 88/89.[/quote]

and the subsequent ripping down/ collapse of the fence by the packed away terrace that night. Same evening we got stopped four times on the way home by three different constabularies for driving too slow. The car i was a passenger in had just had a recon engine put in and the driver was running it in, doing 50mph after midnight on straight deserted country roads looked too suspicious!!!
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 4:37pm; Reply: 47
That Reading game was the most tired I have ever been I think. I had worked until 3pm, picked up 3 mates and driven all the way there. It was an 8pm kick-off I think and IIRC the ko was put back a further 15minutes because of crowd congestion. I think they were expecting us to bring a couple of hundred fans but we had well over 1000 there that evening.

Tired myself out even further celebrating during the game, got caught up in a load of traffic trying to get out of Reading and I remember driving up the A1 about 1am in the morning with the other 3 lads snoring their heads off and I was nearly dropping off. Had to open the window to get some fresh air in only to be bollocked by my mates for waking them up.

Happy days.
Posted by: moosey_club, July 27, 2010, 4:39pm; Reply: 48
Birtles hat trick aganst Wrexham, Drinkell hat trick against Sheff Utd, both on last days of season in brilliant sunshine for glory moments.

Livvo scrapping with Shaun Teale in one of his early appearances at Blundell Park,getting sent off and making himself an instant cult hero in the process

The Ivano effect, all the fundraising events to get the money to secure his services, publicity and interest he raised in GTFC has to be unrivalled, i know a similar thing happened earlier with Joe Waters ( i think) but the wave of interest Ivano brought i dont see ever happening again.

Watching Lineker, James, Hullitt, amongst others in the flesh and appreciating what real talent is and can do despite them doing it against your team.

Posted by: siy2k5, July 27, 2010, 4:40pm; Reply: 49
I've got loads of memories. I remember filtering out the pontoon after a 0-0 draw against Carlisle (?) and seeing that FA Cup semi at hillsborough had been abandoned due to "overcrowding" on the scoreboard, completely oblivious to the events that were to unfold.  

Super Clive scoring a right foot curler into the top corner in the last minute as I was stood right behind him in the open corner waiting to get out, can't rem who it was against though.

John cockerill scoring a 30 yard screamer against York I think in the cup

The opening day of the div 3 (L1) promotion season at Preston when we played them off their plastic pitch and won 3-1, with Neil woods making his debut.

Wimbledon away in the cup when we invaded plough lane with Harry haddocks!

My first ever town game at home to aldershot, we drew 1-1 and the late Marc north missed a pen that would have kept us up.

Must be more but they're the ones that stick in my mind.

Utm.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 27, 2010, 4:46pm; Reply: 50
Quoted from siy2k5
I've got loads of memories. I remember filtering out the pontoon after a 0-0 draw against Carlisle (?) and seeing that FA Cup semi at hillsborough had been abandoned due to "overcrowding" on the scoreboard, completely oblivious to the events that were to unfold.  

Super Clive scoring a right foot curler into the top corner in the last minute as I was stood right behind him in the open corner waiting to get out, can't rem who it was against though.

John cockerill scoring a 30 yard screamer against York I think in the cup

The opening day of the div 3 (L1) promotion season at Preston when we played them off their plastic pitch and won 3-1, with Neil woods making his debut.

Wimbledon away in the cup when we invaded plough lane with Harry haddocks!

My first ever town game at home to aldershot, we drew 1-1 and the late Marc north missed a pen that would have kept us up.

Must be more but they're the ones that stick in my mind.

Utm.

It's not often we win our opening game of the season.

Here's a reminder for you.


Posted by: CorkerSWFC, July 27, 2010, 4:49pm; Reply: 51
Please forgive me i'll give you my best Wednesday moment.

Beating Sheffield United 2-1 in the last minute of extra time (Mark Bright) in the FA cup semi final at Wembley sat with 80.000 Sheffielders.
Never will that atmosphere or day be beaten again for me.
Posted by: siy2k5, July 27, 2010, 4:54pm; Reply: 52
Quoted from Les Brechin

It's not often we win our opening game of the season.

Here's a reminder for you.




Cheers les. I really was spoilt in my early days as a town fan lol. Aside from the aforementioned aldershot game under bob Roberts, I was brought up on Buckley I. Them were the days...
Posted by: Civvy at last, July 27, 2010, 5:27pm; Reply: 53
Bruce Grobilar turning boo's, jeers, and taunts of "how much for a goal" etc into Cheers, laughter, and a standing ovation from the Ponny.  Absolutely awesome.
Posted by: porkies, July 27, 2010, 5:31pm; Reply: 54
1] Going to a mid-winter 'friendly' against Hibernian in the early 60s and seeing Graham Taylor charge down a full-blooded clearance at point blank range without flinching. A big, angry bruise appeared on his thigh almost immediately but he carried on as if nothing had happened. I realised at that point that I had to add something to my game!
2] Going to Preston on a wet and miserable Tuesday night in December 1980 when Town were 2 points above the relegation places. We won 4-2 and went on a run which took us to 3rd place in March.
3] Seeing us run out of steam against West Ham on a dead pitch at BP the following April. We lost 5-1 and I realised then that this was the best it was ever going to get for Grimsby Town.
4] Going to Griffin Park for a run of the mill fixture against Brentford in the 92/3 season. There was a betting shop on the ground [Ladbrokes, I think] which was offering 8/1 against Mendonca  scoring the first goal. He got 2 and paid for the whole trip for me and my boy!
Posted by: Manchester Mariner, July 27, 2010, 5:41pm; Reply: 55
Tony Rees giving me a proper evil look when I shouted at him "to run you fat b'stard" when he lazily gave up on a loose ball which he could have easily kept in. When I was a youth I used to sit on the bars at the front of the Ponny and we sort of stared each other out for a good 30 seconds, I'm sure if I was an adult he would have stuck one on me.

A referee being hit by a till-roll thrown from the Ponny when we were playing Crewe during a midweek game in the late 80's, people say that Jurgen Klinnsman invented the dive but that referee was years ahead of him with his comedy lunge.

That away win against Stockport in the paint trophy when we were moved to the covered seating area (Aside from a few have a go heroes  :) ) due to the heavy rain. Likewise the area final after that against Morecambe when some fella was barracking Phil Barnes after 2 minutes of the game only to be shouted down from a few Town fans and for Barnes to produce one of the best goalkeeping displays I can remember. Both games summed up a great midweek cup game with fantastic atmospheres.
Posted by: denni266, July 27, 2010, 5:43pm; Reply: 56
gettin served with a hot dog and boverill  and gettind back to my seat   before the second half started  lol
Posted by: psgmariner, July 27, 2010, 5:43pm; Reply: 57
Quoted from Manchester Mariner
I shouted at him "to run you fat b'stard".


That is an odd thing to shout in his defence.
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 27, 2010, 5:51pm; Reply: 58
Quoted from porkies
1] Going to a mid-winter 'friendly' against Hibernian in the early 60s and seeing Graham Taylor charge down a full-blooded clearance at point blank range without flinching. A big, angry bruise appeared on his thigh almost immediately but he carried on as if nothing had happened. I realised at that point that I had to add something to my game!
2] Going to Preston on a wet and miserable Tuesday night in December 1980 when Town were 2 points above the relegation places. We won 4-2 and went on a run which took us to 3rd place in March.
3] Seeing us run out of steam against West Ham on a dead pitch at BP the following April. We lost 5-1 and I realised then that this was the best it was ever going to get for Grimsby Town.
4] Going to Griffin Park for a run of the mill fixture against Brentford in the 92/3 season. There was a betting shop on the ground [Ladbrokes, I think] which was offering 8/1 against Mendonca  scoring the first goal. He got 2 and paid for the whole trip for me and my boy!


I remember that game. And the Cup game round about the same time when Clive scored in both games. What a player. Will we see his like again?
Posted by: coddy60, July 27, 2010, 5:53pm; Reply: 59
Quoted from psgmariner


That is an odd thing to shout in his defence.


I agree, would have understood if you shouted "run lazy p!sshead..."
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 27, 2010, 5:56pm; Reply: 60
My Favourite Town Goal in a Not Hugely Significant Game - Groves away v West Aaagggghm in the League c 93. He picked up the ball wide right around the halfway line, played keepy uppy with it down to the penalty area and lashed it in. We lost (2-1?) with that aggressive Scouse full back they had banging in a penalty.
Posted by: wigworld, July 27, 2010, 6:17pm; Reply: 61
Quoted from denni266
gettin served with a hot dog and boverill  and gettind back to my seat   before the second half started  lol


That must have been an away match.

Posted by: jock dock tower, July 27, 2010, 6:21pm; Reply: 62
Quoted from BIGChris
Some of those mentioned above relate to huge triumphs but in keeping with the random thread i'd go for

Town beating Peterborough 3-2 near the end of the 71-72 season. It was the featured game on Anglia TV. I think we were 2-0 down. Neil freeman in goal (?) and if my memory serves me right Dave Worthington scored that dayfrom the edge of the box at the Pontoon end?

Oldfootbaler may be able to confirm?


It was Ian Turner's debut.

Posted by: 1mickylyons, July 27, 2010, 7:41pm; Reply: 63
John Cockerill scoring a Van Basten type goal v Donny in the cup and the Main stand erupting.Also what about Buckley 3 against Accy his first home game back it just seemed like Magic was in the air again a Town side playing fast attractive football to feet what a shame the great man couldnt pull it off for a 3rd time.
Posted by: BIGChris, July 27, 2010, 8:09pm; Reply: 64
Quoted from jock dock tower


It was Ian Turner's debut.



That's right. I knew there was something about the keeper ;)

Some other games mentioned like Les and the game at Reading. I was there that night & I seem to think macca was the victim of an awful tackle that day? May have had to go off?

The games in quick succession at Brentford. i think for the first one i paid to go in what had previously been the away end only to find they had reversed the home/away stands. Thw game started and i decided i'd ask to move ends. As i was escorted round the pitch we scored (Super clive i think). The first game we had Beasant in goal and for the 2nd one a week or two later Wilmott returned

Posted by: Belfast Town, July 27, 2010, 9:06pm; Reply: 65
Surprised no one's mentioned the mayhem that was Stoke City away at the old Victoria Ground.  Massive pitch invasion by Stoke fans.  Town fans singing "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".  Can't remember the year.  Happy days!
Posted by: 1mickylyons, July 27, 2010, 9:24pm; Reply: 66
Big Keith netting 2 in the rain away at Southend in the pouring rain 1000 Town fans going mad with delight.
Posted by: Civvy at last, July 27, 2010, 9:27pm; Reply: 67
Quoted from 1mickylyons
Big Keith netting 2 in the rain away at Southend in the pouring rain 1000 Town fans going mad with delight.


Friday night.  I was there.
Posted by: 1mickylyons, July 27, 2010, 9:29pm; Reply: 68
Quoted from Civvy at last


Friday night.  I was there.

So was 999 others your not getting another medal.

Posted by: Civvy at last, July 27, 2010, 9:32pm; Reply: 69
Quoted from 1mickylyons

So was 999 others your not getting another medal.



Thak fcuk for that,

No Room   ;)  

(and it's YOU'RE not YOUR)
Posted by: 1mickylyons, July 27, 2010, 9:37pm; Reply: 70
Quoted from Civvy at last


Thak fcuk for that,

No Room   ;)  

(and it's YOU'RE not YOUR)


I had a teacher like you at Havelock i never listened to him either.
Posted by: theicenian, July 27, 2010, 9:39pm; Reply: 71
Quoted from Civvy at last


Thak fcuk for that,

No Room   ;)  

(and it's YOU'RE not YOUR)



Nothing like a chest full of Naafi medals. ;)

Posted by: Hameln Mariner, July 27, 2010, 9:40pm; Reply: 72
In no particular order;

Wimbledon away in the cup.
Southend away on that wet friday night - I didn't get a medal for that one either.
Stoke away even though I wondered if we'd ever get out alive.
Liverpool away in the FA cup, on the Kop ditto Stoke away.
Not being able to watch the last 10 mins of the Exeter (h) game when we went up. Typical town, boss a match then try to loose it.
Newcastle away when Dobbin put that one in the top corner in the last minute, ditto Stoke away.

Best of the lot;

Futcher scoring the screamer against Boston in the Lincs Cup.

It's been said before but nostalgia just ain't what it used to be.

UTM.
Posted by: Limerick Mariner, July 27, 2010, 9:45pm; Reply: 73
Quoted from jock dock tower


It was Ian Turner's debut.



Indeed - I was 8 and couldn't understand why Harry wasn't in goal, at 2-0 I felt the world was imploding and it was all Turner's fault. Of course he turned out to be super keeper and won a FA Cup winners medal in 1976 for Southampton who beat some minor club that has since gone out of business - I think they were replaced in the League by an American outfit.

Ian Turner was also a useful outfield player and played up fron for Town during part of an away game at Bournmouth that was on Match of the Day - he'd injured his hand but Town had already used their sub so Lawrie Mac put up front rather than go to 10 men - can someone remember who went in goal?
Posted by: Civvy at last, July 27, 2010, 9:46pm; Reply: 74
Quoted from theicenian



Nothing like a chest full of Naafi medals. ;)



Sussed.  :B  :B  :B  :B  :B

However, the NAAFI in Iraq was quite dodgy  ;)
Posted by: theicenian, July 27, 2010, 9:49pm; Reply: 75
Quoted from Civvy at last


Sussed.  :B  :B  :B  :B  :B

However, the NAAFI in Iraq was quite dodgy  ;)



True.

Posted by: steve1971, July 27, 2010, 10:17pm; Reply: 76
Travelling down to Brighton for a night match, think we where 3 - 0 down after 20 odd minutes??  and Cockers sent off, mate got thrown out for "suggestive behaviour" was it you Moosey???
Reckon there was only 20 ish town fans

The first game of the season at Preston and how bright that plastic pitch was, 90 minutes of squinting!!

The Stoke away game at the Victoria Ground where they invaded the pitch

Newcastle away & Dobbins goal

winning promotion against Exeter at home 14,000 crammed into BP

losing 5-0 to West Ham in the old second division, stood on a milk crate in Constitution Corner


memories  :)



Posted by: 1mickylyons, July 27, 2010, 10:21pm; Reply: 77
Quoted from steve1971
Travelling down to Brighton for a night match, think we where 3 - 0 down after 20 odd minutes??  and Cockers sent off, mate got thrown out for "suggestive behaviour" was it you Moosey???
Reckon there was only 20 ish town fans

The first game of the season at Preston and how bright that plastic pitch was, 90 minutes of squinting!!

The Stoke away game at the Victoria Ground where they invaded the pitch

Newcastle away & Dobbins goal

winning promotion against Exeter at home 14,000 crammed into BP

losing 5-0 to West Ham in the old second division, stood on a milk crate in Constitution Corner


memories  :)
I was at that Brighton game fella and remember the Moosey Club and the banner but your eyes need testing we had at least 250 at Brighton.A little spat broke out after the game near a Park after a little bit of homophobic GY chanting lol.




Posted by: barralad, July 28, 2010, 6:53am; Reply: 78
Quoted from Les Brechin


West Ham IIRC.


Drew 1-1 with West Ham that season....
Posted by: barralad, July 28, 2010, 7:06am; Reply: 79
Ivano Bonetti's celebration after his goal against the Baggies. Just about the only time I've heard ALL the home fans shouting a players name. Still sends a shiver down my spine now thinking about it.

Being 6-0 up against Darlo at half time (and losing the second half 2-1) (1979)

Gordon Walker somehow extending his leg Inspector Gadget style to score on his home debut in 1968. Even he was surprised. First in 1000's of false dawns over the last 40 odd years..

The famous "Roly Godfrey favourite goal ever" against Huddersfield in 1990 scored by Cockers.

Alan Woodward scoring in the Pontoon end against York in 1970 with a flying volley from about 15 yards from a cross.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 7:20am; Reply: 80
Quoted from barralad


Drew 1-1 with West Ham that season....


I know we did. If you look at my post just after that you'll see.
Posted by: barralad, July 28, 2010, 7:23am; Reply: 81
Quoted from Les Brechin


I know we did. If you look at my post just after that you'll see.


Oooops! Sorry...well it is early in the morning   :-/ :o :-/ :o
Posted by: theicenian, July 28, 2010, 9:09am; Reply: 82
Whenever anyone mentions Darren Flash Manseram I see the the one real goal he got in front of the Pontoon. Both feet off the ground a volley that would suit many a player,sadly the only one I remember.
Posted by: marinette, July 28, 2010, 9:21am; Reply: 83
Quoted from theicenian
Whenever anyone mentions Darren Flash Manseram I see the the one real goal he got in front of the Pontoon. Both feet off the ground a volley that would suit many a player,sadly the only one I remember.


The one he got at Tranmere stands out more for me, simply because (I thought at the time) it meant more.
Posted by: headingly_mariner, July 28, 2010, 9:26am; Reply: 84
Quoted from theicenian
Whenever anyone mentions Darren Flash Manseram I see the the one real goal he got in front of the Pontoon. Both feet off the ground a volley that would suit many a player,sadly the only one I remember.


3-3 v Preston if i remember rightly and what a game it was.
Posted by: Little Mariner, July 28, 2010, 10:34am; Reply: 85
Clive wiggington went in goal
Posted by: moosey_club, July 28, 2010, 10:38am; Reply: 86
Quoted from steve1971
Travelling down to Brighton for a night match, think we where 3 - 0 down after 20 odd minutes??  and Cockers sent off, mate got thrown out for "suggestive behaviour" was it you Moosey???
Reckon there was only 20 ish town fans

The first game of the season at Preston and how bright that plastic pitch was, 90 minutes of squinting!!

The Stoke away game at the Victoria Ground where they invaded the pitch

Newcastle away & Dobbins goal

winning promotion against Exeter at home 14,000 crammed into BP

losing 5-0 to West Ham in the old second division, stood on a milk crate in Constitution Corner


memories  :)





Guilty as charged m'lud!!! Some people just cant take a joke.

Posted by: thornemariner, July 28, 2010, 10:46am; Reply: 87
Quoted from FishOutOfWater
Anyone recall when we played Swindon at home in the 79-80 season?

It was a top of the table challenge, a really tight game at 0-0 in the second half, when one of their players dived across the goal to "save" a certain goal...instead of us getting a penalty though, the ref gave a corner, assuming the save must have been made by their keeper?

The outrage at the decision was over-turned about 30 seconds later though when we scored from the corner (can't remember who it was - we had a good routine on corners back then)

Justice was done and then to finally see their challenge off, in the last minute or so Tony Ford got the second

I look back on that game and think maybe because we stuck to our task in the face of an appalling decision against one of our promotion rivals, that spurred us on to take us up as the champions a couple of months later

Nostalgia eh...it ain't what it used to be!  ;)


I'd forgotten all about that! That was a big match as our biggest league defeat had been at Swindon 3 0 and they had lots of games in hand over us at the time. We could have ended up playing them in the League Cup semi that year if we'd got past Wolves. Funny how things turn out as Swindon finished mid table and went down a year or two later. You're right, it did spur us on.
Posted by: thornemariner, July 28, 2010, 10:53am; Reply: 88
Quoted from Les Brechin
With the new season almost upon us lets just wallow in a bit of nostalgia.

Everyone who was there at the time will always remember Wilkie's goal at Everton, Burnett's at Wembley, Jevvo's at Liverpool etc, but what your ONE clearest random memory at a Town game.

Mine is Shaun Cunnington climbing up on the fence in front of the 1000 Town fans after he had scored the winner at Reading in the 4th Round FA Cup replay at Elm Park in 88/89.


I'd just finished living in Reading and thought the townsfolk were tw**s of the highest order so enjoyed that win. My memory was it was a last minute goal and we were all bouncing up and down before he slotted it in. I saw it on BBC News the next morning and you can see the Town fans cavorting before the ball has crossed the line and a wildly waved huge inflatable fried egg taking pride of place in the clip. Oh, and the home fans scattering as the Town fans piled forward as they celebrated.

Always nice to see yourself on telly having a complete "manie".

The local press weren't impressed as part of the fence came down as a result of our exuberance.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 10:54am; Reply: 89
Quoted from theicenian
Whenever anyone mentions Darren Flash Manseram I see the the one real goal he got in front of the Pontoon. Both feet off the ground a volley that would suit many a player,sadly the only one I remember.



What about that one he scored against Burnley I think, where he got the ball on the left wing and ran with it all the way across the edge of the area. It looked like he'd ran in too far, like he always used to, but he then cut back towards the D and lashed the ball in from the edge of the area.
Posted by: moosey_club, July 28, 2010, 10:58am; Reply: 90
Quoted from Les Brechin



What about that one he scored against Burnley I think, where he got the ball on the left wing and ran with it all the way across the edge of the area. It looked like he'd ran in too far, like he always used to, but he then cut back towards the D and lashed the ball in from the edge of the area.


silencing all the crowd momentarily who were thinking where the f"ck is he going!!!
Posted by: theicenian, July 28, 2010, 12:36pm; Reply: 91
Quoted from moosey_club


silencing all the crowd momentarily who were thinking where the f"ck is he going!!!



That jogged my memory.  Oh happy times.

Posted by: FishOutOfWater, July 28, 2010, 12:53pm; Reply: 92
Quoted from thornemariner


I'd forgotten all about that! That was a big match as our biggest league defeat had been at Swindon 3 0 and they had lots of games in hand over us at the time. We could have ended up playing them in the League Cup semi that year if we'd got past Wolves. Funny how things turn out as Swindon finished mid table and went down a year or two later. You're right, it did spur us on.


One of many great games that season...

Others that spring to mind are the two 3-2 away wins at Chesterfield.

The first one in the cup we were two down and came back to win at the death with 2 late goals and then the second one (actually on my birthday so a great present!) we were cruising it 3-0 and then Kev Moore was sent off and we hung on despite them going all out to get the equaliser.

Again against other promotion rivals our resolve back then was immense...team spirit, call it what you want but if we could instil that again now, we might start moving up again  :)

Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 12:59pm; Reply: 93
Quoted from FishOutOfWater


One of many great games that season...

Others that spring to mind are the two 3-2 away wins at Chesterfield.

The first one in the cup we were two down and came back to win at the death with 2 late goals and then the second one (actually on my birthday so a great present!) we were cruising it 3-0 and then Kev Moore was sent off and we hung on despite them going all out to get the equaliser.

Again against other promotion rivals our resolve back then was immense...team spirit, call it what you want but if we could instil that again now, we might start moving up again  :)



At that 3-2 win in the cup at Chesterfield I remember they were saying that tickets would be on sale for the next round the following day just before we scored 2 goals in injury time.

Not sure whether it was the league or the cup win but in one of the 3-2 wins the goals were scored by the 3 Kevins (Moore, Kilmore and Drinkell) I think.
Posted by: Rodley Mariner, July 28, 2010, 1:04pm; Reply: 94
Quoted from Les Brechin


At that 3-2 win in the cup at Chesterfield I remember they were saying that tickets would be on sale for the next round the following day just before we scored 2 goals in injury time.

Not sure whether it was the league or the cup win but in one of the 3-2 wins the goals were scored by the 3 Kevins (Moore, Kilmore and Drinkell) I thing.


Is that the game where there is a brilliant black and white picture of Drinks and Kilmore wheeling away in celebration and a bog roll is sailing through the air from the town end?
Posted by: 2075 (Guest), July 28, 2010, 1:12pm; Reply: 95
One of my favourites was beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at home in the eary 2000's, cant remember which season but it was a Paul Groves penalty (on my birthday too  :) ).

Steve Coppell was manager at the time and my dad went down to meet him and shake his hand before the match(hes a Man Utd fan, yeah i know) as he was his idol when he was younger, and for some reason I cant remember there was a minutes silence before the game, so my dad ended up standing right next to the away dugout with his idol until it ended.
Posted by: DubaiMariner, July 28, 2010, 1:15pm; Reply: 96
Quoted from headingly_mariner
david soames breakaway goal at pride park on boxing day to make it 3-1 to town at no point in that passage of play did he look like scoring and it still found its way into the net.


WHS! Amazing as was Oster in that game.  :)
Posted by: DubaiMariner, July 28, 2010, 1:16pm; Reply: 97
Or, how about Donny in the cup 6/7 years ago and Disco Des lamping that guy when they were on the floor. Random
Posted by: headingly_mariner, July 28, 2010, 1:19pm; Reply: 98
Quoted from DubaiMariner


WHS! Amazing as was Oster in that game.  :)


yeah i seem to remember him popping up all over the shop with the ball and breezing past people, he is a lovely player to watch when in the mood.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 1:21pm; Reply: 99
Another random memory of mine is when Nigel Batch came back to BP with Darlo. I think that was the only time when the entire ground rose to give a former player a standing ovation.
Posted by: DubaiMariner, July 28, 2010, 1:21pm; Reply: 100
Quoted from headingly_mariner


yeah i seem to remember him popping up all over the shop with the ball and breezing past people, he is a lovely player to watch when in the mood.


Yeah, he really had a point to prove in that loan spell. Think he thrived being the big fish in a small pond with us. That game, he was by far the best player on the pitch. That freekick was special.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, July 28, 2010, 1:23pm; Reply: 101
January 6th 1962 Town v Bournemouth in the old Div 3. Town had started the season quite well but had then gone down 7-0 at Northampton and 4-1 at Crystal Palace. before losing both games over Christmas. Amazingly Johnny Scott missed a penalty against Lincoln as well so the season looked doomed.

The attendance was at the time the lowest ever for a home game, around 5000, and injuries meant Town had been forced to play a reserve striker called Willie Purvis for his first game. It was freezing cold but it was in the days when you could walk right round the ground so I was behind the Osmond goal first half and the Pontoon second half. Purvis played a few more times that season - a pity he never really made the pro game but a great character.

I remember Town being rubbish for most of the first 45 minutes but it all suddenly came together with a header from Purvis that went in like a bomb. That was followed by one from Scott and one from my hero. From that point Town went on a run and lost only 2 more games that year and finished second.

The other memorable moment that season was on Good Friday against Bradford I think when we got a penalty and Scott took it - the first one since he missed. He set the ball off with the outside of his right foot to the goalkeeper's right but with so much swerve over 12 yards that it moved back and went almost to the other corner. From behind the goal at the Osmond this looked amazing to see the keeper stretched out one way and ball going the other. I spent the next 12 months trying to copy this with absolutely no success.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 1:23pm; Reply: 102
I also remember in the Soames/Oster Derby game on Boxing Day every single person in the ground knew exactly what Oster was going to do with that free-kick apart from the Derby keeper.
Posted by: coddy60, July 28, 2010, 1:25pm; Reply: 103
Super Clive' hat trick penalty in season opening 3-3 home draw.
Think we had same result same opposition a year earlier...
Posted by: headingly_mariner, July 28, 2010, 1:25pm; Reply: 104
Does anyone remember a sublime chip from livvo away at stoke, unbelievably he beat the offside trap and chipped it in from about 20 yards it was pure class.
we won 2-1 and Darren Mansaram got the other town goal i think.
Posted by: coddy60, July 28, 2010, 1:25pm; Reply: 105
Bolton both games
Posted by: JonnyK, July 28, 2010, 1:28pm; Reply: 106
Quoted from voice of reason
Couple of randoms for me... The first we where playing Norwich at home and went 2-0 up they pulled 1 back and then got the equaliser in the 5th min of stoppage time out of the three tops that should have been allowed... I remember it because as the Norwich player was getting closer town was backing off and I was screaming at Handyside (I think) to close him down, well whoever it was didn't close him down and the Norwich player got to about 20 yards out and curld it into the top corner... I was fuming, I had just got to BP in time for kick off after getting my foot plastered, I had broken it in a drunken stuper the night before... Come to think of it, it might have made it 3-2 to them, either way I remember the goal if nothing else..


Think it was a young Akinbiyi, shot in from the main stand side of the osmond.  I think there were a few games around that time when we blew 2-goal leads and conceded very late goals.  

Posted by: pseudonym, July 28, 2010, 1:29pm; Reply: 107
Kevin Moore scoring a last minute rocket shot at the Baseball Ground to earn a 1-1 draw when a lot of Town fans had left the ground.

Paul Emson against Brighton at Blundell Park ripping their defence apart. Think we won 5-0 and Joe Corrigan was their keeper.

Beating Manchester City 4-1 and a certain Town fan getting ejected from the ground for throwing bananas at Alex Williams their coloured goalkeeper.

1998 pre-season tour of the Isle of Man when I was walking in Ramsey and Daryl Clare said hello there, are you off to the match tonight !! We lost 1-0 to Stockport that night by the way.

I was celebrating at Anfield when we scored the winner. A female steward came across and shouted "Sit down". I retorted "Is it time of the month for you or are you just mardy because you are losing". She actually laughed and said "Both"
Posted by: pseudonym, July 28, 2010, 1:32pm; Reply: 108
Also Gordon Hobson ripping Millwalls defence apart. Think he got a hat trick and we won 5-1

Beating the Scunts 7-1
Posted by: theicenian, July 28, 2010, 1:34pm; Reply: 109
January 6th 1962 Town v Bournemouth in the old Div 3. Town had started the season quite well but had then gone down 7-0 at Northampton and 4-1 at Crystal Palace. before losing both games over Christmas. Amazingly Johnny Scott missed a penalty against Lincoln as well so the season looked doomed.

The attendance was at the time the lowest ever for a home game, around 5000, and injuries meant Town had been forced to play a reserve striker called Willie Purvis for his first game. It was freezing cold but it was in the days when you could walk right round the ground so I was behind the Osmond goal first half and the Pontoon second half. Purvis played a few more times that season - a pity he never really made the pro game but a great character.

I remember Town being rubbish for most of the first 45 minutes but it all suddenly came together with a header from Purvis that went in like a bomb. That was followed by one from Scott and one from my hero. From that point Town went on a run and lost only 2 more games that year and finished second.

The other memorable moment that season was on Good Friday against Bradford I think when we got a penalty and Scott took it - the first one since he missed. He set the ball off with the outside of his right foot to the goalkeeper's right but with so much swerve over 12 yards that it moved back and went almost to the other corner. From behind the goal at the Osmond this looked amazing to see the keeper stretched out one way and ball going the other. I spent the next 12 months trying to copy this with absolutely no success.




Ah,you see Johnny had a corkscrew in his boot.       Well it seemed like that,I cannot remember a player having so much control of an old leather ball.  God knows what he would have done with these modern beach balls they play with these days.

Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 1:34pm; Reply: 110
Joe Waters scoring the fastest ever goal at BP after 10 seconds against Cambridge.
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, July 28, 2010, 1:41pm; Reply: 111
Quoted from Les Brechin
Joe Waters scoring the fastest ever goal at BP after 10 seconds against Cambridge.


And another one a few minutes later from Mike Brolly as I recall?

If you got there late you'd missed most of the action (though I think it ended up 3-1 to us?)

Another one where I did miss out is Wednesday away about '82 where we were 2-0 up after 3/4 mins and there were loads of us still outside the ground trying to get in to the Leppings Lane end with South Yorkshire's finest keeping control of us at the turnstiles...something of a foretaste of the semi disaster in '89 :(

Having missed the goals, the best part of that night for me was Nigel making a penalty save to keep the Yorkies at bay   :)
Posted by: pseudonym, July 28, 2010, 1:43pm; Reply: 112
Danny Coyne performance at Deepdale. Drew 0-0. Apparently Preston had 27 attempts. David Moyes stated that it was one of the finest goalkeeping performances that he had ever seen.

Gordon Walker and Dave Boylen in the centre circle at Belle Vue, Doncaster for the kick off. One was about 6'5" the other 5'3".
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, July 28, 2010, 1:48pm; Reply: 113
Quoted from pseudonym


Gordon Walker and Dave Boylen in the centre circle at Belle Vue, Doncaster for the kick off. One was about 6'5" the other 5'3".




Did you work out which one was which?  ;)
Posted by: thornemariner, July 28, 2010, 3:46pm; Reply: 114
Quoted from Rodley Mariner


Is that the game where there is a brilliant black and white picture of Drinks and Kilmore wheeling away in celebration and a bog roll is sailing through the air from the town end?


It was from that though I didn't go to either of the Chesterfield games. I have the picture in the 1979/80 souvenir and it made me laugh when I saw it. I think it was Kev Moore wheeling away. Amazing what we can remeber from 30 years ago...

Sheff Utd 4 0 was the best game ever for me.
Posted by: Mariner16, July 28, 2010, 3:49pm; Reply: 115
Quoted from coddy60
Super Clive' hat trick penalty in season opening 3-3 home draw.
Think we had same result same opposition a year earlier...


Remember the other 3-3, we were 2-0 up after about 5 minutes at Burnden Park, Kevin Jobling with a right cracker
Posted by: thornemariner, July 28, 2010, 3:56pm; Reply: 116
Quoted from pseudonym
Also Gordon Hobson ripping Millwalls defence apart. Think he got a hat trick and we won 5-1

Beating the Scunts 7-1


I remember that 5 1 win. I did my ankle in earlier that summer during a drunken trip to Glastonbury mudbath and it gave way pogoing for the fourth or fifth goal.

I seem to remember giving Gordon Hobson and the Exeter fans some sh*t* after he missed a penalty for them against us in 1990. We had a lively "discussion" with the home fans afterwards, not a ground you associate with trouble from the locals. Cracking day out all the same. The bar at Yeovil station on the way down was dry by the time we left.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 4:39pm; Reply: 117
Quoted from thornemariner


I remember that 5 1 win. I did my ankle in earlier that summer during a drunken trip to Glastonbury mudbath and it gave way pogoing for the fourth or fifth goal.

I seem to remember giving Gordon Hobson and the Exeter fans some sh*t* after he missed a penalty for them against us in 1990. We had a lively "discussion" with the home fans afterwards, not a ground you associate with trouble from the locals. Cracking day out all the same. The bar at Yeovil station on the way down was dry by the time we left.


I'd parked in a nearby multi-story car park for that Exeter game and me and my mate were chased through it by a group of Exeter chavs after the game.

Posted by: Night out in Nunsthorpe, July 28, 2010, 4:51pm; Reply: 118
Anyone remember the nutter who shimmied up one of the beams in the Ponny in the late 80s? Copper tried to catch him but slid down to chorus of 'He's going up he's going up - you're not, you're not!'

Boulding and Allen destyoying Palace and Wimbledn's defenders in back to back league games in second tier in 2002.

Tiny Jamie Forrester chipping Luton's giant keeper in the 7-1 FA Cup drubbing in late 90s?

Livvo half killing Casey Keller as he bundled player and ball into the net against Leicester in League Cup in 1997/8 season

Watching Ivano glide through a sea of Norwich defenders before producing an inch perfect cross for Groves (I think?) to head home in 2-2 at Carrow Road in 95/96
Posted by: Aryan_imp, July 28, 2010, 4:57pm; Reply: 119
Quoted from pseudonym
Also Gordon Hobson ripping Millwalls defence apart. Think he got a hat trick and we won 5-1


He was pretty good at that wasn't he? I recall a brilliant hat-trick away at Burnley when they were top of the league (W 4-1) in his 2nd spell for City, plus he gave me discount on a pair of Adidas Samba trainers I bought from his shop on The Cornhill.

Posted by: dapperz fun pub, July 28, 2010, 5:02pm; Reply: 120
Quoted from Aryan_imp


He was pretty good at that wasn't he? I recall a brilliant hat-trick away at Burnley when they were top of the league (W 4-1) in his 2nd spell for City, plus he gave me discount on a pair of Adidas Samba trainers I bought from his shop on The Cornhill.



my top ten random memorys contain,man city,leeds,chelsea,villa,wolves,qpr,middlesboro,newcastle,sheff wed and united,everton,w ham,liverpoool........whats yours aryan (yes)
Posted by: Aryan_imp, July 28, 2010, 5:07pm; Reply: 121
Quoted from dapperz fun pub


my top ten random memorys contain,man city,leeds,chelsea,villa,wolves,qpr,middlesboro,newcastle,sheff wed and united,everton,w ham,liverpoool........whats yours aryan (yes)


Hmmmm .... I know what you're insinuating here dapperz but,

Man City, Birmingham, Wolves, Sheff Wed & Utd, Everton, West Ham, Tottenham, Stoke, Cardiff and Millwall ..... but you never know Leeds might just be added to this list anytime soon  ;)




Posted by: dapperz fun pub, July 28, 2010, 5:10pm; Reply: 122
Quoted from Aryan_imp


Hmmmm .... I know what you're insinuating here dapperz but,

Man City, Birmingham, Wolves, Sheff Wed & Utd, Everton, West Ham, Tottenham, Stoke, Cardiff and Millwall ..... but you never know Leeds might just be added to this list anytime soon  ;)






8)   only a gentle dig m8
Posted by: Abdul19, July 28, 2010, 6:24pm; Reply: 123
That Akinbiyi Norwich game mentioned above; I remember it for Childs and Southall scoring two absolute screamers within a minute of each other in the first half.

Jonny Rowan missing from an inch against Forest in 2001.

Groves somehow getting enough on the ball to get a late winner against Watford in 1998.

Stuart Campbell kick-starting the survival bid with a winner against Sheff Utd in 2002 and Terry Cooke's equaliser at Norwich a few weeks later.

Winning a shoot-out at Barnsley in the League Cup in 1992 or 1993.

Coldicott and Handyside scoring early in the second half to beat Watford near the end of the 00/01 season.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 6:46pm; Reply: 124
Charlie Nicholas scoring 2 brilliant free-kicks at BP when Arsenal beat us 4-3 in the FA Cup in the mid 80's

Just about the only time I really enjoyed a game that Town lost.
Posted by: Mariner_501, July 28, 2010, 6:48pm; Reply: 125
Beating Spurs and only losing 1-0 to Newcastle.

Being minutes away from promotion the same season and thinking we was there, only to be denied it.  :'(
Posted by: dapperz fun pub, July 28, 2010, 6:48pm; Reply: 126
Quoted from Les Brechin
Charlie Nicholas scoring 2 brilliant free-kicks at BP when Arsenal beat us 4-3 in the FA Cup in the mid 80's

Just about the only time I really enjoyed a game that Town lost.


i thought it was 4-2 but anyway he was superb that day
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 6:52pm; Reply: 127
Quoted from dapperz fun pub


i thought it was 4-2 but anyway he was superb that day


I'm 99.99% sure it was 3-4
Posted by: dapperz fun pub, July 28, 2010, 6:56pm; Reply: 128
Quoted from Les Brechin


I'm 99.99% sure it was 3-4


jan 86 3-4 to the goons  (thumbup)
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 28, 2010, 6:58pm; Reply: 129
Quoted from dapperz fun pub


jan 86 3-4 to the goons  (thumbup)

And IIRC our infamous manager Mike L**ns scored one of our goals that day.

Posted by: moosey_club, July 28, 2010, 8:19pm; Reply: 130
Quoted from Les Brechin

And IIRC our infamous manager Mike L**ns scored one of our goals that day.



First time i can recall the phrase " Grimsby grit " being used was the build up to that game,by ML, he also referred to Arsenal as "fancy dans" haha.
Of course Grimsby grit is used alot more now....least i think thats what they shout, ....my hearings going a bit now..
Posted by: barralad, July 28, 2010, 9:38pm; Reply: 131
Quoted from Rodley Mariner


Is that the game where there is a brilliant black and white picture of Drinks and Kilmore wheeling away in celebration and a bog roll is sailing through the air from the town end?


That was the league game. I think the three Kevins scored that day.....(Kev Moore got sent off!)
Posted by: barralad, July 28, 2010, 9:43pm; Reply: 132
Forrester scoring a third against West Ham in a cup replay and two West Ham defenders running back to try to stop him with "What the f**k is going on here" expressions on their faces..
Posted by: louth_in_the_south, July 28, 2010, 10:08pm; Reply: 133
My mate being smacked straight in the face by a 25 yard screamer , knocking him off the barrier behind the ad boards just to the left of the goal in the ponny against wigan in that cup game early 90's . He fell 4ft onto the concrete and picked himself off the floor , his nose pi ssing blood and the ponny giving him a massive aaarrrhh ! Brilliant .

.... and then he left early , missed crofts last minute winner and got smacked by a wigan lad outside the imp !!
Posted by: jock dock tower, July 28, 2010, 10:22pm; Reply: 134
Quoted from dapperz fun pub


jan 86 3-4 to the goons  (thumbup)


Also on MOTD after it had been off the air for about a year due to funding issues I think. Charlie Nicholas's only hat trick for the bottom.

Posted by: AtkinGtfc, July 28, 2010, 10:30pm; Reply: 135
this could be completly wrong but we was playing forest at home, dave beasant playing for forest handled ball outside of area, and nearly every town fan applauded him going off and he was clapping aswell and from the resulting free kick we scored and it was a cracker ,seem to remember it resulting in a 4-2 win ?
Posted by: TownSNAFU5, July 28, 2010, 11:04pm; Reply: 136
They say that dreams are more important than memories.  At the moment, we are safer and happier looking back. I have a mixed bag of memories - good and bad.  Most from my earliest Town matches:

Doug Collins' outstanding performance against Burnley in the League Cup - around 1968.  They were established Premiership equivalent, we were fourth Division.  Doug was not a great player for us - but he was that night.  He had a 30 - 35 yard from shot from in front of the Barrat stand that hit the bar.  We drew 2-2.  We lost the replay by 6 or 7 goals.  Burnley bought him (for £27K I think) and he became an outstanding midfielder for them over a number of seasons in the Prem.   He is regarded by them as a legend now.  At the time they had a number of outstanding players.

Stan Bowles playing for Crewe, as an unknown star, in a night match at Blundell Park.  Around 1970.  The pitch was water-logged but he danced through our team whilst all others were slipping over.  We wondered "who is this guy with the great ball skills?". This is the fourth division.

Matt Tees scoring at home against Hull at home -mid to late 60s.  I was in the ground at 1-30 as I was so excited.

Kevin Kilmore hat-trick in 3-2 FA Cup win at Chesterfield (1979).  We were 2-0 down.   We drew the first game and did not think we had much of a chance.  This win set up the money-spinning glory match at Liverpool.  I was in Germany at the time in the RAF and would have missed the great game.  However, managed to get a course in the UK and went to the game.  

Losing 5-1 at home to West Ham in80/81, when we thought we had a fair chance of getting in the Premiership equivalent,  Roger Cross got 3 goals I think.  WHU were far too good for us and had 7 or 8 players selected in the divisional team. West Ham fans were in at least 3 stands.

Michael Owen's first senior hat-trick.  The second goal was one of his best.

The crowd at Blundell Park chanting to Spurs "What is is like to be out-classed", as we outplayed them but could not score.  Then Lineker scored 3 goals for Spurs to win 3-0. He showed us what class and clinical finishing in front of goal really is.

THE goal at Liverpool.  I thought it was going to burst the net and come toward me.

Wayne's golden goal at Wembley.  Again, I was in the right place behind the goal.  We thought the cup was "micky mouse" but we sure did want to win it!

Do any other old-timers remember Doug Collins v Burnley and Stan Bowles on that very wet night?
Posted by: theicenian, July 28, 2010, 11:28pm; Reply: 137
Yep,I sure do remember Dougie playing out of his skin in that game.   He had been leading up to it,occassional flashes in the games before it but for that game he put it all together.  All that blond hair flying about the place too which kinda made him popular with the distaff side.  Our very own Denis Law.


And what do you say about Stanley,he was a genius with the ball at his feet.  Earlier Johnny Scott was mentioned and I asked what he could do with todays football,don't you just wonder what Stan would do on the billiard tables they play on now with todays beachballs.
Posted by: Tommy, July 28, 2010, 11:30pm; Reply: 138
Mendonca's hat trick in comeback game against Ipswich 1996.

7-1 win against Luton in FA Cup 1996. First time i'd seen a game in the lower findus.

Sheffield Wednesday 7-1 Town 1997. First time i'd seen us score away at a Premiership ground. Great goal too.

Atmosphere's at the West Ham cup replay at home and the Buckleys WBA home game. Best i'd seen/heard up to then.

Beating Coventry at Highfield Road in 2001 after they just came down from the premiership and we were fighting to be top of the championship. Great to be singing "we are top of the league" that day. Even though we were actually 2nd as Bradford had won as well.

3-3 with Sheffield United in the league cup the round before Liverpool. The day 9/11 happened. Often gets forgotten because of what happened at Anfield but a great game for 120 minutes and a penalty shoot out win.
Posted by: Tommy, July 28, 2010, 11:34pm; Reply: 139
Another one-

After scoring 1 goal in the first 6 games of 1998/99, beating WBA 5-1 at BP.
Posted by: siy2k5, July 28, 2010, 11:47pm; Reply: 140
Quoted from Tommy
Another one-

After scoring 1 goal in the first 6 games of 1998/99, beating WBA 5-1 at BP.


Was that Buckers WBA? Or am I thinking of a different game?

Memory is a tad hazy lol
Posted by: Tommy, July 28, 2010, 11:50pm; Reply: 141
Quoted from siy2k5


Was that Buckers WBA? Or am I thinking of a different game?

Memory is a tad hazy lol


No, this one was when Buckley was back here for his second spell and at the beginning of the season in the championship after winning the play off final at Wembley months before.

The one you are probably thinking of is the one i mentioned in my post straight above that one, when Buckleys WBA came to town in about 1996 and Ivano Bonetti's goal won it 1-0.
Posted by: siy2k5, July 28, 2010, 11:52pm; Reply: 142
Quoted from Tommy


No, this one was when Buckley was back here for his second spell and at the beginning of the season in the championship after winning the play off final at Wembley months before.

The one you are probably thinking of is the one i mentioned in my post straight above that one, when Buckleys WBA came to town in about 1996 and Ivano Bonetti's goal won it 1-0.


Ah right my bad, knew Buckley was involved somewhere ;D
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 29, 2010, 12:03am; Reply: 143
Quoted from TownSNAFU5


The crowd at Blundell Park chanting to Spurs "What is is like to be out-classed", as we outplayed them but could not score.  Then Lineker scored 3 goals for Spurs to win 3-0. He showed us what class and clinical finishing in front of goal really is.



I thought Lineker only scored the 1 that night. I'm sure Gordon "Jukebox" Durie got one of the goals and the other was David Howells I think.
Posted by: coddy60, July 29, 2010, 12:26am; Reply: 144
Quoted from Les Brechin


I thought Lineker only scored the 1 that night. I'm sure Gordon "Jukebox" Durie got one of the goals and the other was David Howells I think.


That sounds right
Posted by: santiago1407, July 29, 2010, 3:50pm; Reply: 145
John Cockerill's goal against Huddersfield in the 4-1 win at BP. Gilberts superb first time reverse pass that sent Cokers away down the left and finishes at keepers near post. Pure class
Posted by: jock dock tower, July 29, 2010, 4:09pm; Reply: 146
[quote=1541]They say that dreams are more important than memories.  At the moment, we are safer and happier looking back. I have a mixed bag of memories - good and bad.  Most from my earliest Town matches:

Doug Collins' outstanding performance against Burnley in the League Cup - around 1968.  They were established Premiership equivalent, we were fourth Division.  Doug was not a great player for us - but he was that night.  He had a 30 - 35 yard from shot from in front of the Barrat stand that hit the bar.  We drew 2-2.  We lost the replay by 6 or 7 goals.  Burnley bought him (for £27K I think) and he became an outstanding midfielder for them over a number of seasons in the Prem.   He is regarded by them as a legend now.  At the time they had a number of outstanding players.

Stan Bowles playing for Crewe, as an unknown star, in a night match at Blundell Park.  Around 1970.  The pitch was water-logged but he danced through our team whilst all others were slipping over.  We wondered "who is this guy with the great ball skills?". This is the fourth division.

Matt Tees scoring at home against Hull at home -mid to late 60s.  I was in the ground at 1-30 as I was so excited.

Kevin Kilmore hat-trick in 3-2 FA Cup win at Chesterfield (1979).  We were 2-0 down.   We drew the first game and did not think we had much of a chance.  This win set up the money-spinning glory match at Liverpool.  I was in Germany at the time in the RAF and would have missed the great game.  However, managed to get a course in the UK and went to the game.  

Losing 5-1 at home to West Ham in80/81, when we thought we had a fair chance of getting in the Premiership equivalent,  Roger Cross got 3 goals I think.  WHU were far too good for us and had 7 or 8 players selected in the divisional team. West Ham fans were in at least 3 stands.

Michael Owen's first senior hat-trick.  The second goal was one of his best.

The crowd at Blundell Park chanting to Spurs "What is is like to be out-classed", as we outplayed them but could not score.  Then Lineker scored 3 goals for Spurs to win 3-0. He showed us what class and clinical finishing in front of goal really is.

THE goal at Liverpool.  I thought it was going to burst the net and come toward me.

Wayne's golden goal at Wembley.  Again, I was in the right place behind the goal.  We thought the cup was "micky mouse" but we sure did want to win it!

Do any other old-timers remember Doug Collins v Burnley and Stan Bowles on that very wet night?

It was the 71-2 Championship season, and the only time that the promotion bandwagon took a wee funny turn. We'd just won at the Old Show Ground 2-1 with Matt Tees getting both the Town goals, the gates were into 5 figures, and bang, we lost 2-3 at home to Crewe, and then 0-1 home to Southport the following Saturday. A 0-3 reversal at Northampton the following Saturday really made it look like we'd started to bottle it, but after the turn of the year we won 17, drew 4 and lost 4 out of the next 25 games and the rest is history.
Bowles was totally something else....but Crewe have always had the knack of turning up gems....David Platt, Peter Beardsley and others.

Posted by: pseudonym, July 29, 2010, 5:30pm; Reply: 147
Quoted from Les Brechin


I thought Lineker only scored the 1 that night. I'm sure Gordon "Jukebox" Durie got one of the goals and the other was David Howells I think.
You are correct Les

Posted by: pseudonym, July 29, 2010, 5:31pm; Reply: 148
Quoted from TownSNAFU5
They say that dreams are more important than memories.  At the moment, we are safer and happier looking back. I have a mixed bag of memories - good and bad.  Most from my earliest Town matches:

Doug Collins' outstanding performance against Burnley in the League Cup - around 1968.  They were established Premiership equivalent, we were fourth Division.  Doug was not a great player for us - but he was that night.  He had a 30 - 35 yard from shot from in front of the Barrat stand that hit the bar.  We drew 2-2.  We lost the replay by 6 or 7 goals.  Burnley bought him (for £27K I think) and he became an outstanding midfielder for them over a number of seasons in the Prem.   He is regarded by them as a legend now.  At the time they had a number of outstanding players.

Stan Bowles playing for Crewe, as an unknown star, in a night match at Blundell Park.  Around 1970.  The pitch was water-logged but he danced through our team whilst all others were slipping over.  We wondered "who is this guy with the great ball skills?". This is the fourth division.

Matt Tees scoring at home against Hull at home -mid to late 60s.  I was in the ground at 1-30 as I was so excited.

Kevin Kilmore hat-trick in 3-2 FA Cup win at Chesterfield (1979).  We were 2-0 down.   We drew the first game and did not think we had much of a chance.  This win set up the money-spinning glory match at Liverpool.  I was in Germany at the time in the RAF and would have missed the great game.  However, managed to get a course in the UK and went to the game.  

Losing 5-1 at home to West Ham in80/81, when we thought we had a fair chance of getting in the Premiership equivalent,  Roger Cross got 3 goals I think.  WHU were far too good for us and had 7 or 8 players selected in the divisional team. West Ham fans were in at least 3 stands.

Michael Owen's first senior hat-trick.  The second goal was one of his best.

The crowd at Blundell Park chanting to Spurs "What is is like to be out-classed", as we outplayed them but could not score.  Then Lineker scored 3 goals for Spurs to win 3-0. He showed us what class and clinical finishing in front of goal really is.

THE goal at Liverpool.  I thought it was going to burst the net and come toward me.

Wayne's golden goal at Wembley.  Again, I was in the right place behind the goal.  We thought the cup was "micky mouse" but we sure did want to win it!

Do any other old-timers remember Doug Collins v Burnley and Stan Bowles on that very wet night?
Roger Cross ? David Cross scored 4

Posted by: Abdul19, July 29, 2010, 6:03pm; Reply: 149
Quoted from Tommy
The day 9/11 happened.


9/11?  ;)
Posted by: moosey_club, July 29, 2010, 6:10pm; Reply: 150
Quoted from Abdul19


9/11?  ;)


It was actually 11/9 but the yanks seem to think they reinvented time.
Posted by: Tommy, July 29, 2010, 6:14pm; Reply: 151
Precisely. 11th of September 2001. Always remember going to the Sheffield United Worthington cup game that night after watching the news for a couple of hours after what happened. A great game, 3-3, extra time, penalties, and us going through to the next round where Jevons wrote himself into Town history.
Posted by: carrot top, July 29, 2010, 6:15pm; Reply: 152
Both goals at Bradford City in our 2-0 win 90/91 I think. Tommy Watson and Diddy Gilbert. Pure football class.

Clive Hickman 1972 against Reading or was it Cambridge on an easter Monday game in an absolute mudbath. Injury time minute winner to make it 2-1 My Dad and many others had left to get the bus home thinking it was a draw. I believe the crowd was around 13,000 that day and we had already played a game at home just a couple of days before  in front of another 5 figure crowd.

Another was the Matt Tees goal against Exeter 1972. What a night
Posted by: JimmyTheOne, July 29, 2010, 6:27pm; Reply: 153
Very random..... [don't ask me to remember the years, let alone the dates]

Keith Hickman scoring a hat-trick against a Japanese side pre-season

Always going to Sincil Bank and losing!

Graham Taylor going off injured after a bad tackle against York, then a free-for-all involving all the players, GT coming back on, and Town winning!

That FA Cup match with the "brick" incident

Marching band at half-time in the cup match vs Pompey, drew 1-1 and gave up hope only for Town to win the replay 3-1 - Portwood and Rafferty [?] scoring

Being able to watch the first half from the Pontoon, then decamping to the Osmond stand for second half

Newspaper sellers with half-time results in the GET going round inside the ground mid-way through second half

The first Exeter match in the McNenemy era postponed due to fog, walking out into bright sunshine on Grimsby Road by the ABC cinema

Getting tanked 5-0 at Selhurst Park in the early 2000s

Any game with Tees and Green up front

Ringing up BP Ticket Office before our first Wembley appearance and asking "have you sold many tickets?", only to be told "You're lucky, we've just had some more come through, the first 30,000 went like hot cakes" [note that I was living in London and could be excused for not knowing the level of fervent support]

Sitting in an empty away stand at Wrexham, 0-0 bore draw, but Burnett ran the midfield, then meeting the same guys I had sat behind on Wembley Way

Duncan Mackenzie [yes that Duncan Mackenzie!] setting fire to Roy Starling's hair in the Pontoon

Singing the Blaydon Races [why????] during the late 1960s in the Pontoon

is that random enough for all of you?
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 29, 2010, 6:41pm; Reply: 154
Quoted from carrot top
Both goals at Bradford City in our 2-0 win 90/91 I think. Tommy Watson and Diddy Gilbert. Pure football class.



Great game that. I remember the whole of the away end singing "Yorkies, Yorkies, what's the score" which the bearded bloke who used to present The Big Match, Nick someone I think, mentioned on the highlights.
Posted by: jock dock tower, July 29, 2010, 7:03pm; Reply: 155
1971-72 Championship season, players running around the pitch with placards saying "thank you" and "champions". The dozens of fans who watched the game on top of the Barratt Stand roof. The crowd invasion at the end. The 100th goal of the campaign when the 3rd goal went in (Chatterley?)
23,000 plus at the game, absolutely fcuking mindblowing.......
Posted by: codcheeky, July 29, 2010, 7:08pm; Reply: 156
hull city away when drinkell scored to make it 2-2 , went on the longest special train ever, down the embankment and through the fence straight in the ground without anyone paying. the whole match was chaos in the stands and the best atmosphere ever. the train full on the way there was so full on the way back you couldnt move
Posted by: Bagshaw99, July 29, 2010, 7:17pm; Reply: 157
Lots of my best memories have already been mentioned but there are so many more:


Winning 4-2 away at Cardiff (84-85?) after being 2-0 down, with a forward line of Drinkell, Wilkinson and Lund, and crosses put in by Paul Emson.

Winning 6-1 at Millwall in the FA Cup in '81 after being 1-0 down. Trevor Whymark's best ever goal for us. Winning at Newcastle in the Cup the same year as well with Nigel Batch pulling off a world class save from Imre Banana near the end.

Managing to get to Exeter from London for a fiver with a Network South East railcard and a voucher from Boots (early 90s?) - only a 0-0 draw but a great day out, especially as we shared the coach with a load of trainspotters who were taping the journey and kept shoving a microphone out of the window every time the train went through a tunnel. They wanted to hear the sound of the wheels on the track but instead got an earful of Town songs each time.

That Goal by Joe Waters to beat Barnsley 3-2 after being 2-0 down at BP - better than Ricky Villa and Archie Gemmill but not a TV camera in sight.

Seeing a sensational winning goal away at Cardiff on a Tuesday night in the early '80s hit from near the halfway line with a huge tail wind which beat the keeper at our end and dropped in but the ref and linesman didn't give it as they were nowhere near (can't remember who 'scored').

Beating Wolves 5-1 (84-85?) in a televised match and then hearing their manager Tommy Docherty saying one was offside, one was an own goal and they almost had two more so it should have been a draw. John Helm said afterwards it was just about the most entertaining match he'd ever commented on.
Beating Huddersfield by the same scoreline on New Year's Day and getting drunk in the alcoholic fumes emitted by just about everyone in the Pontoon.

Calling out to ref George Courtney from the pontoon during that Huddersfield game and telling him to watch out as we were about to score from a corner. Which we did!

Bob Cumming's goal at Wrexham in the early 80s to make it 2-0 when the fog was so thick you could barely see the halfway line. Having got to the ground late I went into the home end by mistake with one other Town fan on the same train. As far as I am aware, we were the only Town fans who actually saw the goal. As the players went back into our half there was a belated roar from the away end as Nigel told them we'd scored.

The inflatables, from the fried egg and fire extinguisher at Reading to the Harry Haddocks at Wimbledon. No-one has ever done it better than we did at Plough Lane.
Posted by: dapperz fun pub, July 29, 2010, 7:30pm; Reply: 158
Quoted from codcheeky
hull city away when drinkell scored to make it 2-2 , went on the longest special train ever, down the embankment and through the fence straight in the ground without anyone paying. the whole match was chaos in the stands and the best atmosphere ever. the train full on the way there was so full on the way back you couldnt move


my first ever away day on a special,what a night
Posted by: thornemariner, July 29, 2010, 7:36pm; Reply: 159
Quoted from Bagshaw99
Lots of my best memories have already been mentioned but there are so many more:


Winning 4-2 away at Cardiff (84-85?) after being 2-0 down, with a forward line of Drinkell, Wilkinson and Lund, and crosses put in by Paul Emson.

Winning 6-1 at Millwall in the FA Cup in '81 after being 1-0 down. Trevor Whymark's best ever goal for us. Winning at Newcastle in the Cup the same year as well with Nigel Batch pulling off a world class save from Imre Banana near the end.

Managing to get to Exeter from London for a fiver with a Network South East railcard and a voucher from Boots (early 90s?) - only a 0-0 draw but a great day out, especially as we shared the coach with a load of trainspotters who were taping the journey and kept shoving a microphone out of the window every time the train went through a tunnel. They wanted to hear the sound of the wheels on the track but instead got an earful of Town songs each time.

That Goal by Joe Waters to beat Barnsley 3-2 after being 2-0 down at BP - better than Ricky Villa and Archie Gemmill but not a TV camera in sight.

Seeing a sensational winning goal away at Cardiff on a Tuesday night in the early '80s hit from near the halfway line with a huge tail wind which beat the keeper at our end and dropped in but the ref and linesman didn't give it as they were nowhere near (can't remember who 'scored').

Beating Wolves 5-1 (84-85?) in a televised match and then hearing their manager Tommy Docherty saying one was offside, one was an own goal and they almost had two more so it should have been a draw. John Helm said afterwards it was just about the most entertaining match he'd ever commented on.
Beating Huddersfield by the same scoreline on New Year's Day and getting drunk in the alcoholic fumes emitted by just about everyone in the Pontoon.

Calling out to ref George Courtney from the pontoon during that Huddersfield game and telling him to watch out as we were about to score from a corner. Which we did!

Bob Cumming's goal at Wrexham in the early 80s to make it 2-0 when the fog was so thick you could barely see the halfway line. Having got to the ground late I went into the home end by mistake with one other Town fan on the same train. As far as I am aware, we were the only Town fans who actually saw the goal. As the players went back into our half there was a belated roar from the away end as Nigel told them we'd scored.

The inflatables, from the fried egg and fire extinguisher at Reading to the Harry Haddocks at Wimbledon. No-one has ever done it better than we did at Plough Lane.


Hi Jim.

Some crackers there. On that train to Exeter, the trainspotters were getting all the swearing as well as we caught each other out cheating whilst playing cards. The looks we got drinking Scrumpy Jack at half nine in the morning.

What about those cross country trips to the West Midlands and further north via Reading to avoid the booze ban and chanting "trainspotters hahaha" every time we came into Birmingham NS followed by "Where's your anorak?". Giving all that abuse made me realise that it was well and truly matchday.

Going to Asda near Molineux and getting cases of lager with free bottles of vodka and singing all the way back to Reading in First Class. Then getting that p*ssed up Chelsea fan to buy all the rounds after he was sick in the bin on the train door.

Going back to Heathrow on the railair bus from Reading, I'd always have a snakebite and back in my hand and the driver would just say "Terminal 1?"

Coventry in the minibus in 1989 where we trashed the lamp post and had to tie the bumper to the van with Town scarves.

Gillingham away in 1990 and abusing those pikeys outside the ground who were having a domestic.

Meet the gang 'cos the boys are here.

What a great thread!

Posted by: ponnyfan, July 29, 2010, 7:50pm; Reply: 160
Bolland's goal at Morecambe - the night of the earthquake
Posted by: barralad, July 29, 2010, 8:36pm; Reply: 161
Quoted from Bagshaw99


Bob Cumming's goal at Wrexham in the early 80s to make it 2-0 when the fog was so thick you could barely see the halfway line. Having got to the ground late I went into the home end by mistake with one other Town fan on the same train. As far as I am aware, we were the only Town fans who actually saw the goal. As the players went back into our half there was a belated roar from the away end as Nigel told them we'd scored.



That was an amazing game. Batchy had so much "free time" he was able to practically give us a kick by kick report on what was going on. How the game finished is a complete mystery.

This is a BRILLIANT thread(clap)(clap)(clap)(clap)
Posted by: Henryscat, July 29, 2010, 8:38pm; Reply: 162
In no real order (and trying not to repeat anything)

burnley away for the auto windscreens, on the way out the ground some of burnley's finest telling me we'd never fill Wembley and me brave with elation telling them at least we were flipping there

away at Bolton at burnden park. (92/3 ish) We'd gone on the family coach and ended up with tickets slap bang in the middle of the home end behind the goal. Town scored a last minute winner (possibly equaliser??) and going absolutely mental. On the telly the next day you saw a little pocket of town celebrating.

Hereford away a couple of seasons ago - my stag do last game of the season. drunk as a fart.

Stoke away - an impressionable 11/12 year old "always look on the bright side of life"

when milky bar used to go in the ponny
Posted by: ponnyfan, July 29, 2010, 8:39pm; Reply: 163
Anthony Ellding's miss at Stockport in JPT semi  ;D
Posted by: barralad, July 29, 2010, 8:41pm; Reply: 164
Matt Tees first game back in his second spell. As I recall the fans had chipped in with the money to bring him back from Luton(?) We played York in the last match pre-Tees in front of 4000. The Messiah returns and the crowd goes up to 7295. Must have nearly got the fee back in his first two games...Of course he managed to score...Thus are fairy tales written....
Posted by: barralad, July 29, 2010, 8:43pm; Reply: 165
The barrow which used to sell sweets and snacks which went round the ground inside the fencing. Run by a chap called Ron I think. He also used to do the half time score boards pre electronic scoreboard.
Posted by: ponnyfan, July 29, 2010, 8:51pm; Reply: 166
Mighty mariner for entertaining the fans over the years - he is a hero (coolp)
Posted by: Henryscat, July 29, 2010, 9:04pm; Reply: 167
Quoted from ponnyfan
Mighty mariner for entertaining the fans over the years - he is a hero (coolp)


Remember the original in the scruffy yellow waterproofs and sowester??

Haha and mini mariner
Posted by: theicenian, July 29, 2010, 9:05pm; Reply: 168
Quoted from barralad
Matt Tees first game back in his second spell. As I recall the fans had chipped in with the money to bring him back from Luton(?) We played York in the last match pre-Tees in front of 4000. The Messiah returns and the crowd goes up to 7295. Must have nearly got the fee back in his first two games...Of course he managed to score...Thus are fairy tales written....


The first move of that brilliant Chairman Paddy Hamilton.   The memory of the atmosphere at that game still brings a tear to the eye. I doubt it could ever be repeated.  Old Footballer got the other goal, a pen.

Posted by: moosey_club, July 29, 2010, 9:06pm; Reply: 169
Me and Morph finding an old style brown pay packet in the Cons open corner about 1980. Had about £25 in it, we blew it on an Atari game and about 5 flavour concentrates and a spare gas bottle for the soda stream on the way home, mixed them up in a River Phoenix style frenzy, overgassed the soda and were sick as f\/ck .
Rock and Roll if you were 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, July 29, 2010, 9:10pm; Reply: 170
Quoted from moosey_club
Me and Morph finding an old style brown pay packet in the Cons open corner about 1980. Had about £25 in it, we blew it on an Atari game and about 5 flavour concentrates and a spare gas bottle for the soda stream on the way home, mixed them up in a River Phoenix style frenzy, overgassed the soda and were sick as f\/ck .
Rock and Roll if you were 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Oh it was you was it? I wondered where I dropped it. The wife & kids starved that week. ;)

Now then, let's see what you owe ...... £25 ..... an average of 5% interest over 30 years ........... that'll be ........



Posted by: moosey_club, July 29, 2010, 9:13pm; Reply: 171


Oh it was you was it? I wondered where I dropped it. The wife & kids starved that week. ;)

Now then, let's see what you owe ...... £25 ..... an average of 5% interest over 30 years ........... that'll be ........



I think he still has the game and half a bottle of tizer concentrate so p.m him and he can arrange delivery, only fair.
Posted by: Bagshaw99, July 29, 2010, 9:14pm; Reply: 172
Another good one was Brighton away in the mid '80s - the year the Great British Beer Festival was held in... Brighton! A group of us turned up at the Goldstone around 3.05pm (the London Mariners never make the kick-off) nicely lubricated and holding carrier bags full of liquid takeaways, commemorative glasses, bar towels, etc, and just about saw Town manage a 2-2 draw. Brighton was always a good fixture, another fun one was just after Robert Maxwell had topped himself and we were cracking jokes all night about Brighton 'Going down with the Maxwell', Town's defence being as watertight as Bob Maxwell's suit, etc. That was also the season they wore matching blue and white striped shirts and shorts and we laughed at them for looking like Tesco bags. I think that was a 0-0. Chris Hargreaves played a blinder that night.

Millwall was always good for a laugh too, like when were taking the mick out of Casey Keller with chants of 'Ho Chi Min's Black and White Army' and 'Where were you in World War Two?' We lost the game 2-1 but played well and Macca scored a rare goal. Never had a problem at Millwall games and nearly always had some banter with the locals. A proper club with proper supporters, just like us.
Posted by: Richard, July 29, 2010, 9:37pm; Reply: 173
stayin up at leicester  last minuet awsome
Posted by: ponnyfan, July 29, 2010, 9:39pm; Reply: 174
My Balti pies at any ground that stocks them .... (chef)
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 29, 2010, 10:21pm; Reply: 175
Tony Rees scoring after 20 seconds at Millwall. The first Millwall player to touch the ball was the keeper picking it out of the net. I was in the home end and instinctively went to jump up to celebrate till I remembered where I was.

We ended up losing the game 2-1. Jamie Moralee (sp?) got both their goals I think, the winner in the last minute.
Posted by: codcheeky, July 29, 2010, 10:27pm; Reply: 176
remeber going to millmoor in the late eighties was a boxing day, was with my dad ( perhaps the only away game we went to together) we got there nice and early and went in the rotherham pub near the ground, got moved out from there and sent to the cub bar thy used to have as part of the ground. had a few in there and someone opened the emegency door and we realised we could walk straight in. In 2 mins the bar was empty with every in for nothing. Can remember my dad laughing at everyone chanting ee by gum , ee by gum. cant remeber the score tho
Posted by: batman, July 29, 2010, 10:38pm; Reply: 177
extremely random, but always sticks in my mind:

not so long ago away at chester, in  the end i think we won 2-0 with 2 identical late goals by andy taylor(?)

anyway the game was dull as fook up to then and the reff was awful, i will never forget a kid (no older than 6/7), shouting really cheesy insults at the reff, then out of nowhere came the high pitched voice 'REFFEREE YOUR FCUKING SHYTE!!!!' ha and it was of course the little nipper... made me chuckle
Posted by: jock dock tower, July 30, 2010, 8:13am; Reply: 178
Town being led out by their we mascot in the 1960's, Clive Spencer. Used to play in the same B.B. team.
Posted by: jock dock tower, July 30, 2010, 8:14am; Reply: 179
Social club behind the Main stand in the early 70's, pints in plastic cups, and usually missing  couple of goals a season so we could get in at half time early to get served. Graet atmosphere.
Posted by: Little Mariner, July 30, 2010, 8:20am; Reply: 180
Jeez, I was at a lot of those games,
Foggy Wrexham,  NIgel Nigel whats the score
Foggy Exeter at home abandoned
Those 3-2s at chesterfield
Posted by: Rodley Mariner, July 30, 2010, 9:27am; Reply: 181
One of the best away games I can remember is beating Tranmere 1-0 at Prenton Park. Ivano got the only goal and John Aldridge missed a late penno. I think they might have battered us a bit and Crichton played a bit of a blinder. We went second in what's now The Championship with those three points. Remember coming away thinking we might just make The Premiership.
Posted by: JimmyTheOne, July 30, 2010, 12:25pm; Reply: 182
Another one...

Remember BT running telly ads with a theme on "Save money"  and in the background clips of great saves, including one by Paul Crichton against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup 95/96 season?  

That year's run in the cup started with hammering Luton 7-1 at BP, with Bonetti untouchable, then the "plate of chicken" incident at Luton; next round West Ham away, but postponed to a mid week because of snow; everyone cheering Ivano at Upton Park, then Laws scoring late on to earn a replay.
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 30, 2010, 1:26pm; Reply: 183
Quoted from Bagshaw99
Millwall was always good for a laugh too, like when were taking the mick out of Casey Keller with chants of 'Ho Chi Min's Black and White Army' and 'Where were you in World War Two?' We lost the game 2-1 but played well and Macca scored a rare goal. Never had a problem at Millwall games and nearly always had some banter with the locals. A proper club with proper supporters, just like us.


Bloody hell, I can remember you lot and that chant!

Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 30, 2010, 1:28pm; Reply: 184
Quoted from Bagshaw99

Beating Wolves 5-1 (84-85?) in a televised match and then hearing their manager Tommy Docherty saying one was offside, one was an own goal and they almost had two more so it should have been a draw. John Helm said afterwards it was just about the most entertaining match he'd ever commented on.


The first game I ever took my ex-missus to. Got there a couple of mins late and missed the first goal. She seemed to enjoy it and I thought, that's that Saturday problem solved then. She only made 2 more games over the next 2 decades.

Posted by: Les Brechin, July 30, 2010, 1:30pm; Reply: 185
I remember that West Ham FA Cup game wasn't called off until the Saturday morning. Because of the heavy snow on the day the A46 was blocked at Cabourne hill so our coach went down The A180/M180 to the Lincoln A15 turn off. We got about 5 miles down the A15 when news came through that the game was off.

A good job it was really as the weather was worsening by the minute and I doubt we would have got there anyway.

I also remember the Chelsea replay in the following round when there was an IRA bomb scare in London that evening and all the roads into London were gridlocked. We finally arrived about 30 minutes late and after the game found out that our coach had had its front tyres slashed.
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 30, 2010, 1:48pm; Reply: 186
Anyone remember the nutter who shimmied up one of the beams in the Ponny in the late 80s? Copper tried to catch him but slid down to chorus of 'He's going up he's going up - you're not, you're not!'

Boulding and Allen destyoying Palace and Wimbledn's defenders in back to back league games in second tier in 2002.

Tiny Jamie Forrester chipping Luton's giant keeper in the 7-1 FA Cup drubbing in late 90s?

Livvo half killing Casey Keller as he bundled player and ball into the net against Leicester in League Cup in 1997/8 season

Watching Ivano glide through a sea of Norwich defenders before producing an inch perfect cross for Groves (I think?) to head home in 2-2 at Carrow Road in 95/96


I just about remember that Norwich game*. Very cold day in December. Millwall were top of the League that day, I think we were 4th and look how it ended up for us both that season. But there was real belief that we could be in with a chance that year.

* I ended up having "more than enough" that night. Travelling back to London on my own and meeting 3 other Town fans (2 of whom lived within a couple of miles from where I was living). We persuaded the steward(ess) to keep the buffet bar open and she entertained us by sitting on the floor and catching peanuts in her mouth. Then on to Coopers at Waterloo which had a deal on and you could get a round of 3 pints for £5, but we'd run out of cash and there was a min £10 charge for using cards so we made every round a pint and double whiskey chaser.
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, July 30, 2010, 1:51pm; Reply: 187
Quoted from barralad


That was an amazing game. Batchy had so much "free time" he was able to practically give us a kick by kick report on what was going on. How the game finished is a complete mystery.

This is a BRILLIANT thread(clap)(clap)(clap)(clap)


Funny how others remember this game....it was quite surreal,  cheering goals we hadn't seen but just knew about because the players had told us and we saw Town line up when Wrexham kicked off again!

It's my only visit to the Racecourse and though you could hardly see a thing, it stands out in my memories
Posted by: thornemariner, July 30, 2010, 1:53pm; Reply: 188


Bloody hell, I can remember you lot and that chant!



Guilty as charged. Think the chant went over most people's heads though. Think we sang "Jack the Ripper is our friend" on the Underground as well.

We always missed the kick off because we would have yet another drink at London Bridge, miss another train and have another and so on.

As Jim said, never had a problem. Always a good day out. Watering hole used to be the Market Porter near London Bridge but in latter years, the Founders.

Away wins at Charlton bring back fond memories. Always a good day out.

Playing the sodden pitch perfectly at Brentford in 2003.

The packed White Hart for an hour before the footie specials left for Sheffield and everyone guzzling as much as possible in that time.
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, July 30, 2010, 1:55pm; Reply: 189
The Liverpool cup match when we lost 5-0 and the first time Dean Crombie played left back.

We went on one of Peter Sheff's "reserve" coaches, the ones with an outside toilet and an interior exhaust pipe.

Walking down to the turnstile was a lad of about 10 with his dad in front of us. A group of Liverpool yobs walked by them and ripped the Town scarf and hat off the lad and were away.

Lovely people the scousers, salt of the earth. :-/
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 30, 2010, 1:57pm; Reply: 190
Quoted from barralad
Ivano Bonetti's celebration after his goal against the Baggies. Just about the only time I've heard ALL the home fans shouting a players name. Still sends a shiver down my spine now thinking about it.


'kin hell Barra, that's just made the back of my neck go all tingly too! The release of tension when that goal went in was extraordinary. Ivano Ivano Ivano!
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, July 30, 2010, 2:01pm; Reply: 191
Quoted from codcheeky
remeber going to millmoor in the late eighties was a boxing day, was with my dad ( perhaps the only away game we went to together) we got there nice and early and went in the rotherham pub near the ground, got moved out from there and sent to the cub bar thy used to have as part of the ground. had a few in there and someone opened the emegency door and we realised we could walk straight in. In 2 mins the bar was empty with every in for nothing. Can remember my dad laughing at everyone chanting ee by gum , ee by gum. cant remeber the score tho


I remember going to Millmoor earlier in the 80's some time in the winter....round about Xmas time

For most of the game we had it in for Ronnie Moore singing to him,

Ronnie Moore, Ronnie Moore, Ronnie Ronnie Moore,
When he gets that ball, he does feck all, Ronnie Ronnie Moore

It really seemed to puzzle him why we were singling him out for such grief but the more he looked bemused, the louder we sang....had to keep ourselves amused though really as the Yorkies won 3-0
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 30, 2010, 2:02pm; Reply: 192
Quoted from thornemariner


Guilty as charged. Think the chant went over most people's heads though. Think we sang "Jack the Ripper is our friend" on the Underground as well.

We always missed the kick off because we would have yet another drink at London Bridge, miss another train and have another and so on.

As Jim said, never had a problem. Always a good day out. Watering hole used to be the Market Porter near London Bridge but in latter years, the Founders.

Away wins at Charlton bring back fond memories. Always a good day out.

Playing the sodden pitch perfectly at Brentford in 2003.

The packed White Hart for an hour before the footie specials left for Sheffield and everyone guzzling as much as possible in that time.


Yeah, it didn't get as good a response as it deserved!

The Porter is an ace boozer! Great beer, erm .... "presentable" bar staff  ;) and great buzz around the Borough area on a warm evening. [And that's not a euphemism by the way!]

Slightly tarnished memories of the Founders though - I left there one night and by the time I remembered I had a jacket and went back for it some girl private had made off with it.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 30, 2010, 2:11pm; Reply: 193
And who remembers the tie before the Everton league cup game in 1984. We had drawn 0-0 at Rotherham but absolutely mullered them 6-1 in the replay.
Posted by: thornemariner, July 30, 2010, 2:13pm; Reply: 194


Yeah, it didn't get as good a response as it deserved!

The Porter is an ace boozer! Great beer, erm .... "presentable" bar staff  ;) and great buzz around the Borough area on a warm evening. [And that's not a euphemism by the way!]

Slightly tarnished memories of the Founders though - I left there one night and by the time I remembered I had a jacket and went back for it some girl private had made off with it.


I heard the Porter had been gentrified a bit. Hope not.

The Hole In The Wall at Waterloo was a good meet up point. It did five different ciders at one time so that was me sorted.

West Ham fans were buying us drinks there after we only lost 2 1 at Pompey in 1993 and they had subsequently been promoted. And talking of that game, when we were leading, we were chanting "We're so good its unbelievable" with 25000 or so silent Pompey fans having to take it.
Posted by: Little Mariner, July 30, 2010, 2:16pm; Reply: 195
Brick fight at valley parade about 1979 ish, easter I think it was
Posted by: Bagshaw99, July 30, 2010, 2:17pm; Reply: 196
Quoted from FishOutOfWater


Funny how others remember this game....it was quite surreal,  cheering goals we hadn't seen but just knew about because the players had told us and we saw Town line up when Wrexham kicked off again!

It's my only visit to the Racecourse and though you could hardly see a thing, it stands out in my memories



Bob's goal came from a one-two a few yards over the halfway line and he scooted throught the defence and banged it in. Me and the other Town lad in the Wrexham forgot ourselves and were leaping up and down in a sea of red and white scarves. Luckily we were wearing waterproof anoraks as we were showered with saliva straight after (must be a Welsh welcoming custom!)

I always enjoyed Charlton away games, Kilmore's winner in a 1-0 in '81, Kev Drinkell's hat-trick in a 3-3 draw the day they were bought out in the mid '80s, and the 3 goals in 4 minutes to win 3-1 (or was it 3-2?)in the 90s. It was good to see Derek Hales play for them in 1980 before the end of his career. Hayles and Nigel Batch were two players you always included in a Bearded Players XI. Sir Garry Birtles was another.
Posted by: thornemariner, July 30, 2010, 2:24pm; Reply: 197
Quoted from Bagshaw99



Bob's goal came from a one-two a few yards over the halfway line and he scooted throught the defence and banged it in. Me and the other Town lad in the Wrexham forgot ourselves and were leaping up and down in a sea of red and white scarves. Luckily we were wearing waterproof anoraks as we were showered with saliva straight after (must be a Welsh welcoming custom!)

I always enjoyed Charlton away games, Kilmore's winner in a 1-0 in '81, Kev Drinkell's hat-trick in a 3-3 draw the day they were bought out in the mid '80s, and the 3 goals in 4 minutes to win 3-1 (or was it 3-2?)in the 90s. It was good to see Derek Hales play for them in 1980 before the end of his career. Hayles and Nigel Batch were two players you always included in a Bearded Players XI. Sir Garry Birtles was another.


It was 3 1 at Charlton at Upton Park. Midweek game and we singing that daft Pizza Hut song on the bus afterwards.

That 3 3 draw was a corker, I think it went in off everyone. They scored late on and we equalised in the last minute.
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 30, 2010, 2:35pm; Reply: 198
Another game I'll always remember is when we lost at home to Brighton 4-2 in the 80's. We were 2-1 up with about 5 minutes left but Brighton scored 3 in the last 5 minutes and could have even had a 5th.

I remember that Peter Grotier was in goal that game and I think Terry Connor scored at least one of Brightons goals that evening. (I think it was an evening match anyway)
Posted by: thornemariner, July 30, 2010, 3:17pm; Reply: 199
Quoted from Les Brechin
Another game I'll always remember is when we lost at home to Brighton 4-2 in the 80's. We were 2-1 up with about 5 minutes left but Brighton scored 3 in the last 5 minutes and could have even had a 5th.

I remember that Peter Grotier was in goal that game and I think Terry Connor scored at least one of Brightons goals that evening. (I think it was an evening match anyway)


It was an evening match at the end of the 1984/5 season and Brighton had an outside chance of promotion. I think we were 2 0 up with just over 10  minutes to go.

Mind you, we scored some goals that year. 6 3 at home to Cardiff and the 5 1 win against Wolves that has been mentioned. 6 1 against Rotherham and that 1 0 win at Everton.
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 30, 2010, 4:33pm; Reply: 200
The Porter is a bit gentrified - well it is right by Borough market - and obviously full of City folk on weekdays, but its still pubbish.

Never tried the Hole ITW. What was Coopers and is now the Wellesley (I think) on the concourse isn't a great pub in itself (being stuck in a basement with no windows) but its a good laugh on a Saturday with all the toing and froing of football fans. It serves a similar function as that crap bar at Brum New Street.
Posted by: ex-merseymariner, July 30, 2010, 4:54pm; Reply: 201
Here's a few more

Away at Wrexham; new years eve under slade, not just for the Downey goal, but all the injuries and controversy; we started with a back four of  Crofty RobJones Rambo and Newey, ended with Bolly Gary Jones Newey and Downey.

A home game vs huddersfield, sat in the main stand, their keeper steve francis made countless saves; the away fans sang Super Super Steve Francis. Talk about tempting fate. Livvo scored, most of the main stand celebrated with a Super Super Steve Livingstone chant

Travelling with my dad to an away game at Stoke, parents were living in the north-west by then, persuaded him to come see this new wonderkid John Oster. Oster off injured after about 15 mins....Rest of the game we were shocking.

Kevin Ball clattering countless town players at the stadium of silence and getting away with it.

Finally, going to Wigan's excrement old ground in our promotion season. Just before kickoff Mark Lever tried to clear an extra ball off the pitch and smashed it into a photographer. He was still apologising at kickoff and macca went to centre half briefly.

Of those that have been mentioned already; loved the Clive return from injury game v Ipswich, and the Oster goal in the 7-1 defeat, and the 6-1 on my birthday vs Barnsley.


Posted by: Vance Warner, July 30, 2010, 5:09pm; Reply: 202
Playing QPRin the league cup 92/93 ish. Woods was getting alot of stick at the time for not scoring. Remember him getting the ball on the edge of the area and despite everyone screaming for him to shoot he played a delicate chip in for Tommy Watson to score. Woods then scored the second with his head before missing a penalty in the shoot out. Remember the Pontoon afterwards singing'Andy Sinton is a male masturbation@r'

Going to Hartlepool (8-1) and Oldham (6-0) in the same god awful season.

Newcastle getting promotion at our place.

Bolton 3-3 first game of the season. Think it was just after the fences had been taken down from the Osmond and their fans were on the pitch before kick off - remember one dribbling a ball to the pontoon end and a town fan running on the pitch to go in goal. Remember their fans singing Super John McGinly and us replying with Super Clive Mendonca - think he got a hat trick and that's where the Super Clive chant started?

Fulham away in the 98 play off semi final - great ground, great game, great weather

A home game against Middlesborough around 93 where we battered them for 90 minutes but only drew 1-1

Posted by: killingholmemariner, July 30, 2010, 5:16pm; Reply: 203
Beating lincoln 3-0 in the snow, all 3 goals where brilliant
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, July 30, 2010, 5:26pm; Reply: 204
Oo, that's just sparked off the memory of the Boxing Day game from 1992. 2-0 down to T'Tykes but fought back to win 4-2 with a Diddy Gilbert inspired performance. He was the only one who could keep his footing on the icey surface. Something to do with a low centre of gravity!
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 30, 2010, 5:29pm; Reply: 205
Oo, that's just sparked off the memory of the Boxing Day game from 1992. 2-0 down to T'Tykes but fought back to win 4-2 with a Diddy Gilbert inspired performance. He was the only one who could keep his footing on the icey surface. Something to do with a low centre of gravity!


Are you sure that's not the game when we were 2-0 up and they got it back to 2-2 before we won it 4-2 with 2 late goals. I remember Buckley saying at the time that we had to win the game twice. I think David Currie scored for them and Watson and Gilbert scored late on to win it for us.
Posted by: moosey_club, July 30, 2010, 10:45pm; Reply: 206
Been reminded of this one tonight as Connell did a similar thing first half,

Barnsley away, Bobby Cumming running down the wing, his opposing full back squares him up and Bobby bends over and feigns to just pick the ball up for no reason, the Barnsley player buys it and turns to the ref with his arm up as Bobby straightens up, completes the dummy and just runs straight past him.

Posted by: jock dock tower, July 30, 2010, 10:56pm; Reply: 207
Had been extolling the virtues of the Town to a Rangers season ticket holder mate of mine, and he agreed to come down to watch a game with me, the Luton 7-1 game. He was gobsmacked b y it, so much so he wanted to come again the following season. When the time came to arrange it I told him that the F.A.Cup tie at Hillsborough would be a good game....it was, in reverse!
Posted by: gary_elton, July 30, 2010, 11:00pm; Reply: 208
3 - 1 home to Leicester in league (?) cup.... my pal Mike Riley reffed it... got me and friends in for free... we had silver service in the lounge... ha !
1 - 0 down at half time.... second half... fook me.... superb !!! oh yesssss.........

4 - 1 home v. Huddersfield . My youngest daughter was mascot...... demolition job !!! best goal I ever saw at BP in this game.... never be surpassed....

2 - 1 home v. Scunny... think we were 1 - 0 down at half time... when the winner went in they heard the roar in Scartho..... some
folk thought there was an approaching thunder storm.....

and of course... 1 - 0 v. WBA.... Ivano... what a hero... BP exploded.......... unbelievable !!!

Town beating West Ham... sat in front row on ponny near the goal.........
I was there the night Doug Collins tormented the shxt outta them too in the sixties....

7 - 1 v. the scunts.... Keegan looking lost on the wing... Clemence proving what a prat he was....

13,500 of us at Anfield... OK... so we got beat by 5 goals.... THE FANS WERE MAGNIFICENT !!!!

beating spurs 1 - 0..... my oh ferkin my... what a finish to a game.....

watchin Justin sort Alan cry baby Shearer out... brilliant....

players who would die for the shirt..... Cumming.... Livvo.... Macca.... Rafferty.... Portwood... Drinkell... Waters....

sighhh...... I hope for our young fans sake we get their like again.....
Posted by: barralad, July 30, 2010, 11:09pm; Reply: 209
Quoted from Les Brechin


Are you sure that's not the game when we were 2-0 up and they got it back to 2-2 before we won it 4-2 with 2 late goals. I remember Buckley saying at the time that we had to win the game twice. I think David Currie scored for them and Watson and Gilbert scored late on to win it for us.


It was indeed Mr Memory Man...Take my hat off to you Les(clap)
Posted by: barralad, July 30, 2010, 11:14pm; Reply: 210
Quoted from gary_elton
3 - 1 home to Leicester in league (?) cup.... my pal Mike Riley reffed it... got me and friends in for free... we had silver service in the lounge... ha !
1 - 0 down at half time.... second half... fook me.... superb !!! oh yesssss.........



Remember saying to my mate at half time that we were heading for a real hammering. The second half was so un-Buckley like I half expected to see him on YTV's mid-week match later apologising for the way Town played. From a fans eye view it was magnificent.

IMO Kevin Jobling had his best game in a Town shirt that night...superb./
Posted by: barralad, July 30, 2010, 11:18pm; Reply: 211
League Cup away game v Huddersfield late 70's early 80's(?). It was the second leg of a two legged round. We won 1-0 at B.P. first leg and the Hudders fans thought they'd cracked it with the home leg to come. We went there and won 4-1
Posted by: barralad, July 30, 2010, 11:20pm; Reply: 212
Reading away in 79/80 towards the end of the season. A lot of Town fans flew down to Heathrow.

At half time the Reading hooligan element sent one of their members round with a white flag and a letter inviting the Town faithful to a fight....Unfortunately no-one had an RSVP :-/
Posted by: gary_elton, July 30, 2010, 11:21pm; Reply: 213
Quoted from barralad


Remember saying to my mate at half time that we were heading for a real hammering. The second half was so un-Buckley like I half expected to see him on YTV's mid-week match later apologising for the way Town played. From a fans eye view it was magnificent.

IMO Kevin Jobling had his best game in a Town shirt that night...superb./


Jobbers.... one of the most un-appreciated grafters in a town shirt... just one of those rock-steady get on with it players....
Posted by: gtfc6, July 30, 2010, 11:25pm; Reply: 214
Livvo getting knocked out :(

Coming back from Preston away and seeing Fulham (I think) in the services, Dave Beasant was with them so I got his autograph and had my pic taken with him

Jack Lester's hat trick against Oldham


Posted by: gary_elton, July 30, 2010, 11:28pm; Reply: 215
working in Turkey... suffering from severe food poisoning... so ill I was unable to get out of my bed for three days...
to be woken up on a saturday by a watford fan to be told we had won 1 - 0 at Newcastle ( thank you Jim  Dobbin )
and dragged to the bar where I was fed medicine ( grape juice ) in copious amounts whilst still in pyjamas...
ended up so pxssed I was able to return to work next morning.... ha ha  illegitimates those work colleagues....   ;)
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, July 31, 2010, 12:28am; Reply: 216
Quoted from barralad
League Cup away game v Huddersfield late 70's early 80's(?). It was the second leg of a two legged round. We won 1-0 at B.P. first leg and the Hudders fans thought they'd cracked it with the home leg to come. We went there and won 4-1


That was a cracking performance by Town and I remember the Huddersfield manager afterwards using it to motivate his team, saying if his lads wanted to play the game the same way as we did, they'd get their rewards....and I'm pretty sure they got promoted the following season

The only bad thing about the night was after we'd obviously put them out of the cup loads of their fans left early but then started throwing bricks over on to the open terrace where we were...it was a pretty mean feat trying to dodge them coming out of the night sky
Posted by: thornemariner, July 31, 2010, 10:41am; Reply: 217
Quoted from FishOutOfWater


That was a cracking performance by Town and I remember the Huddersfield manager afterwards using it to motivate his team, saying if his lads wanted to play the game the same way as we did, they'd get their rewards....and I'm pretty sure they got promoted the following season

The only bad thing about the night was after we'd obviously put them out of the cup loads of their fans left early but then started throwing bricks over on to the open terrace where we were...it was a pretty mean feat trying to dodge them coming out of the night sky


Reminds me of winning 4 1 at Middlesbrough in 1982 and going top of the old second division.
Posted by: TownSNAFU5, July 31, 2010, 10:48am; Reply: 218

My thanks to Les Brechin and 1 or 2 others who corrected my memory.  At least it shows I did not rely on any reference books.  It was DAVID Cross of course for West Ham.  Well it was late in the day and I was rushing.  I only have a vague recollection of him scoring a 4th goal.  I remember one goal was a header from abour 3 yards out in front of the Pontoon.  

I also remember Gordon Durie scoring now.   It was very neat and clinical.  Even Linekeresque!

Somebody mentioned big Gordon Walker in an earlier post.  He scored one crackering shot from outside the box.  The Telegraph forecast that he had more potential than X or Y.  He soon disappeared without trace though. Great shame.

My Dad and his dad were also keen Town fans.  It is quite possible that both of them went to the famous Old Trafford FA Cup Semi Final in the late 30s. My dad is in his late 80s now, but we do not have a good relationship so I can't ask him.

The match, against Wolves,  is still the record attendance at OT (76,962).  It is still the record FA Cup semi defeat (5-0).   However, and it is a big however,  there were no substitutes allowed in those days. I believe that we had George Tweedy, a good England keeper, injured a few days before the match.  During the game the reserve keeper also went off injured.  We were down to 10 men with no goalie.

The game was possibly the biggest Town away following in our history.  Who knows?  Maybe Wolves as a bigger club were given more tickets?

Any very old timers still alive may remember going to the match.  I hate to mention any possible names on here! :)
Posted by: Les Brechin, July 31, 2010, 10:54am; Reply: 219
It is also documented somewhere that if Town got to Wembley we were planning on sailing several trawlers down The River Thames for the final.

Whether that's just a myth I'm not sure though.
Posted by: theicenian, July 31, 2010, 11:29am; Reply: 220
Quoted from TownSNAFU5

My thanks to Les Brechin and 1 or 2 others who corrected my memory.  At least it shows I did not rely on any reference books.  It was DAVID Cross of course for West Ham.  Well it was late in the day and I was rushing.  I only have a vague recollection of him scoring a 4th goal.  I remember one goal was a header from abour 3 yards out in front of the Pontoon.  

I also remember Gordon Durie scoring now.   It was very neat and clinical.  Even Linekeresque!

Somebody mentioned big Gordon Walker in an earlier post.  He scored one crackering shot from outside the box.  The Telegraph forecast that he had more potential than X or Y.  He soon disappeared without trace though. Great shame.

My Dad and his dad were also keen Town fans.  It is quite possible that both of them went to the famous Old Trafford FA Cup Semi Final in the late 30s. My dad is in his late 80s now, but we do not have a good relationship so I can't ask him.

The match, against Wolves,  is still the record attendance at OT (76,962).  It is still the record FA Cup semi defeat (5-0).   However, and it is a big however,  there were no substitutes allowed in those days. I believe that we had George Tweedy, a good England keeper, injured a few days before the match.  During the game the reserve keeper also went off injured.  We were down to 10 men with no goalie.

The game was possibly the biggest Town away following in our history.  Who knows?  Maybe Wolves as a bigger club were given more tickets?

Any very old timers still alive may remember going to the match.  I hate to mention any possible names on here! :)




Icey senior was there,with my Grandad,my Grandmother and my Great Uncle.    He doesn't do computers so it's second hand through me.
George Moulson was injured about twenty minutes into the game and Jack Hodgson went in goal which left us one short at the back. The result shows we had a hole at the back.
Posted by: BIGChris, July 31, 2010, 9:16pm; Reply: 221
Quoted from theicenian




Icey senior was there,with my Grandad,my Grandmother and my Great Uncle.    He doesn't do computers so it's second hand through me.
George Moulson was injured about twenty minutes into the game and Jack Hodgson went in goal which left us one short at the back. The result shows we had a hole at the back.


I take it you couldnt get the time off work then Icey?
Posted by: theicenian, July 31, 2010, 9:29pm; Reply: 222
Quoted from BIGChris


I take it you couldnt get the time off work then Icey?



Nah, those days if you didn't fillet fish you got sent up chimneys, who the hell wants to smell of soot. ;)

Posted by: Civvy at last, July 31, 2010, 9:54pm; Reply: 223
Lay off fella's.

One of Icey's random memories is what the fucck he had for breakfast.  ;)
Posted by: oldfootballer, July 31, 2010, 11:08pm; Reply: 224
Quoted from Limerick Mariner


Indeed - I was 8 and couldn't understand why Harry wasn't in goal, at 2-0 I felt the world was imploding and it was all Turner's fault. Of course he turned out to be super keeper and won a FA Cup winners medal in 1976 for Southampton who beat some minor club that has since gone out of business - I think they were replaced in the League by an American outfit.

Ian Turner was also a useful outfield player and played up fron for Town during part of an away game at Bournmouth that was on Match of the Day - he'd injured his hand but Town had already used their sub so Lawrie Mac put up front rather than go to 10 men - can someone remember who went in goal?


CLIVE WIGGINGTON HE WAS THE GOALKEEPER
I played in the game that is how I know
OLDFOOTBALLER

Posted by: jock dock tower, July 31, 2010, 11:16pm; Reply: 225
Quoted from barralad
League Cup away game v Huddersfield late 70's early 80's(?). It was the second leg of a two legged round. We won 1-0 at B.P. first leg and the Hudders fans thought they'd cracked it with the home leg to come. We went there and won 4-1


The home game was won with a diving Bob Cummings header about 10 minutes after he'd had a hefty boot to the head. Scored with his head covered in bandages - typical Cumming.

Posted by: jock dock tower, July 31, 2010, 11:21pm; Reply: 226
Quoted from oldfootballer


CLIVE WIGGINGTON HE WAS THE GOALKEEPER
I played in the game that is how I know
OLDFOOTBALLER

Have a memory of Jack Lewis wanting to come on as sub in that game, but Lawrie just carried on with Ian Turner regardless? Remember the bus drive down there leaving Gy at midnight Friday. Everybody blootered.

Posted by: Spidey, July 31, 2010, 11:55pm; Reply: 227
Vague memories but, Phil Crosby scoring a great chip/lob in a 5-1 thrashing of Shrewsbury, night time game early 80's late 70's.
Vince Hilaire scoring a cracker for Palace in a 0-1 win, again a nightime match early 80's late 70's.
Town beating Pompey at home in what I think was Mick Lyons first game in charge, not sure if he scored as well. Pompey were the runaway leaders of our division at that time, another evening match too. In front of the Ponny too, everyone going mad!!
Posted by: gary_elton, August 1, 2010, 5:42am; Reply: 228
speakin of Palace... think it was them.... nite match... Barretts stand... Mike Czuzman scored and jogged towards the Barretts with both arms held aloft..
think we won 2 - 1 that nite... the noise was incredible....  there was around 8,500 in the ground.... it was electric...
for some reason which I cant recall there seemed to be a bit of needle and pre-match hostility due to something Malcolm Allison (?) had sed ????

I know I know... I cant recall much... its my age...  :) now.... nurse... where's me tablets.....
Posted by: Paddymariner, August 1, 2010, 7:48am; Reply: 229
Quoted from gary_elton
speakin of Palace... think it was them.... nite match... Barretts stand... Mike Czuzman scored and jogged towards the Barretts with both arms held aloft..
think we won 2 - 1 that nite... the noise was incredible....  there was around 8,500 in the ground.... it was electric...
for some reason which I cant recall there seemed to be a bit of needle and pre-match hostility due to something Malcolm Allison (?) had sed ????

I know I know... I cant recall much... its my age...  :) now.... nurse... where's me tablets.....


Wasn't it because in the previous year's game there had been 3 players sent off for fighting? Czuczman was one and Whittle and Cannon ? for Palarse.
Dave will remember.
Posted by: Paddymariner, August 1, 2010, 7:52am; Reply: 230
Quoted from jock dock tower
Have a memory of Jack Lewis wanting to come on as sub in that game, but Lawrie just carried on with Ian Turner regardless? Remember the bus drive down there leaving Gy at midnight Friday. Everybody blootered.



When Lewis eventually got on he had the wrong colour shorts on for some reason. Perhaps that's why Lawrie didn't want to put him on with MOTD cameras being there.
Posted by: 1081 (Guest), August 1, 2010, 8:55am; Reply: 231
We beat York 1-0 maybe 1989ish. I`m sure Steve Sherwood saved a penalty and Tony Rees scored a header after 30 seconds.
York had a captain called Tom Kelly who looked like Ali from Eastenders. Everytime he got the ball, the Town fans shouted `Ozcabs` and it totally put him off his game.
Might not be the most memorable but certainly a very random memory - someone must have been there with me!
Posted by: jock dock tower, August 1, 2010, 9:12am; Reply: 232
Always used to be needle games in the mid to late 70's with any team Alan Ball's father managed, Preston spring to mind. A feisty character just like his son. Rather confusing them being called Alan Ball and Alan Ball senior as well!
Posted by: BIGChris, August 1, 2010, 9:22am; Reply: 233
Quoted from Paddymariner


Wasn't it because in the previous year's game there had been 3 players sent off for fighting? Czuczman was one and Whittle and Cannon ? for Palarse.
Dave will remember.


That might have beem the same game because i seem to recall it was a night game that we eventually won 2-1, when the 3 sendings off happened. Whittle in particular was very wound up and allison, with fedora, wasnt a happy bunny!

I think Jim Lumby got one of the goals that night?
Posted by: Les Brechin, August 1, 2010, 9:27am; Reply: 234
Boxing Day 1989 away at Glumford Park. We were 2-0 down to the Scunts but pulled a goal back and then Big Keef (RIP) struck the ball from the edge of the box. It looked to be going well wide and the whole of the away end groaned but then the ball somehow bent in the air and went into the top corner sending the Town fans wild. Then not long after that Paul Reece saved a penalty to keep it at 2-2.
Posted by: Paddymariner, August 1, 2010, 9:48am; Reply: 235
Quoted from BIGChris


That might have beem the same game because i seem to recall it was a night game that we eventually won 2-1, when the 3 sendings off happened. Whittle in particular was very wound up and allison, with fedora, wasnt a happy bunny!

I think Jim Lumby got one of the goals that night?


Could be but in the 2-1 win I seem to remember our goals came from Jim Lumby (as you say) and Roy Coyle. Don't remember Czuczman scoring so assume that was a different game.
Posted by: barralad, August 1, 2010, 10:00am; Reply: 236
Quoted from Paddymariner


Could be but in the 2-1 win I seem to remember our goals came from Jim Lumby (as you say) and Roy Coyle. Don't remember Czuczman scoring so assume that was a different game.


The game you are both thinking of was played on April 8th 1975. Town won 2-1 with goals from Lumby and someone who's name I cannot put a face to-Brown?? According to the seminal work "Grimsby Town- A Complete Record 1878-1989.

I can't find any reference to Churchy scoring against The Eagles.

The thing about that game was although Palace were flying high, our win set them back. They didn't get promoted that year and had to wait another 12 months. Think they had Peter Taylor playing for them who had the distinction of being one of, if not the first, third division footballer to play for England before his move to Spurs...
Posted by: Paddymariner, August 1, 2010, 10:06am; Reply: 237
Quoted from barralad


The game you are both thinking of was played on April 8th 1975. Town won 2-1 with goals from Lumby and someone who's name I cannot put a face to-Brown?? According to the seminal work "Grimsby Town- A Complete Record 1878-1989.


Oh that's right Keith Brown. Long dark haired left winger. I have a photo of that team in my living room because my Dad is on the photo. That book is brilliant, pity it hasn't been updated.
Posted by: jock dock tower, August 1, 2010, 10:42am; Reply: 238
Keith was always a talented footballer. He was in the year below me at the Technical School in Eleanor Street, and had school teams not been drawn specifically on age lines, he'd have been more than capable of playing in the age group at least two years above him. Remember playing in a  friendly one Saturday morning at the St. James school about 1969 (no age worries in friendlies) and he announced that his mum had promised him 2 bob if he scored a hat trick. He only got two, but announced at school on the Monday that he'd got 1 shilling and 4 pence (2.3 of  2 bob, worth about 7 pence in today's money)
The Grimsby Town Complete Record is often available on ebay and Amazon, and can often be picked up for about the £25 mark.
Posted by: Henryscat, August 1, 2010, 12:02pm; Reply: 239
Going to big spending Crawley away on the first game of our first non-league season in 100 years and winning 3-0.

Well I hope that will be the way it goes!!

Talking of which a classic moment when big fat tax-evading convicted fraudster Steve Evans got ejected from BP springs to mind
Posted by: Bagshaw99, August 1, 2010, 12:17pm; Reply: 240
It always used to make me laugh at how Mike Czuczman's name was pronounced over the tannoy at away games. At Chelsea he was once referred to as 'Sezuckerman' but the best was probably (can't remember at which ground) 'Crutchman'.  ;D

That and other clubs' attempts to spell Grimsby on their scoreboards, usually Grisby, Grimbsy or Grimby.
Posted by: In Cod We Trust, August 1, 2010, 12:53pm; Reply: 241
I remember standing and applauding at Anfield when Michael Owen bagged his first senior hat-trick against (at the time of the match) the tightest defence in the league and John Oster's sublime chip in the 7-1 tanking at Hillsborough.

I also remember the God that is Mark Lever playing the mother hen role with Oster. On one occasion he ran half the length of the pitch to get involved after Oster had been clattered infront of the Pontoon. I can't remember who it was against though.
Posted by: Abdul19, August 1, 2010, 3:14pm; Reply: 242
Quoted from In Cod We Trust
I remember standing and applauding at Anfield when Michael Owen bagged his first senior hat-trick


The cheating little prick dived for the penalty though!
Posted by: coddy60, August 1, 2010, 5:20pm; Reply: 243
Quoted from Abdul19


The cheating little prick dived for the penalty though!


Mark Lever told me he had a "discussion" with Owen and Macmanaman on the way off the pitch, and was told that it definitely wasnt a pen but hey this is Anfield!
Another random memory, Lever doing pre-season training with our Sunday league team and looking the worst player there!
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, August 1, 2010, 6:50pm; Reply: 244
Lever = Legend. Not the most talented footballer but did his job very well. The pinacle was the Northampton Wembley game.
Posted by: gary_elton, August 1, 2010, 7:02pm; Reply: 245
Quoted from barralad



I can't find any reference to Churchy scoring against The Eagles.



as I said... wasnt sure... just remember the raised arms and revelling in the tumultuous din that erupted forth from the old
Barretts.... remember the sendings off... time sometimes does things to the memory... I think.... what time is it now ?

We will have to wait a long time for anything similar methinks....

but it was GOOD !!!

Tablet time... NURSE !!!
Posted by: barralad, August 1, 2010, 8:07pm; Reply: 246
Quoted from Paddymariner


Oh that's right Keith Brown. Long dark haired left winger. I have a photo of that team in my living room because my Dad is on the photo. That book is brilliant, pity it hasn't been updated.


Paddy: The best book for updated facts and figures is "The Grimsby Town Story" by Dave Wherry, the Louth Town fan. The team photo from that season is in the book.
Posted by: Paddymariner, August 1, 2010, 9:13pm; Reply: 247
Quoted from barralad


Paddy: The best book for updated facts and figures is "The Grimsby Town Story" by Dave Wherry, the Louth Town fan. The team photo from that season is in the book.


Cheers Barra I'll get a copy. I was looking for the Complete History one today because of the anecdotes on the game versus Palace. Couldn't find it anywhere. Thinks the misses has thrown it away (female dog, she supports Norwich).
Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, August 1, 2010, 9:23pm; Reply: 248
Quoted from jock dock tower
Keith was always a talented footballer. He was in the year below me at the Technical School in Eleanor Street, and had school teams not been drawn specifically on age lines, he'd have been more than capable of playing in the age group at least two years above him. Remember playing in a  friendly one Saturday morning at the St. James school about 1969 (no age worries in friendlies) and he announced that his mum had promised him 2 bob if he scored a hat trick. He only got two, but announced at school on the Monday that he'd got 1 shilling and 4 pence (2.3 of  2 bob, worth about 7 pence in today's money)
The Grimsby Town Complete Record is often available on ebay and Amazon, and can often be picked up for about the £25 mark.


Keith was a good Nunsthorpe lad, just like Tony Ford.

Posted by: theicenian, August 1, 2010, 9:34pm; Reply: 249


Keith was a good Nunsthorpe lad, just like Tony Ford.



The temptation is too great and no offence meant Ron but



Those that get on the pitch from the Nunny these days aren't as good. ;)

Posted by: goolemariner, August 1, 2010, 9:37pm; Reply: 250
Macca's last game at Shrewsbury. Felt like the end of an era.
Posted by: tanga_the_indestructible, August 1, 2010, 9:41pm; Reply: 251
Quoted from BIGChris


That might have beem the same game because i seem to recall it was a night game that we eventually won 2-1, when the 3 sendings off happened. Whittle in particular was very wound up and allison, with fedora, wasnt a happy bunny!

I think Jim Lumby got one of the goals that night?


The Palace match with the big fight was April 1975, we won 2-1 in the end, but Whittle and Czuczman definitely got sent off, and I think you're right, it was Jim Cannon, too. That was a violent match full of needle.

Posted by: TheRonRaffertyFanClub, August 1, 2010, 9:44pm; Reply: 252
Quoted from theicenian


The temptation is too great and no offence meant Ron but



Those that get on the pitch from the Nunny these days aren't as good. ;)



You may be right Icey. Perhaps they don't have the encouragement and coaching they used to get.

The ones that actually kick footballs as opposed to advertising boards I mean. ;)

Posted by: Les Brechin, August 1, 2010, 10:01pm; Reply: 253
Getting to Burnley late one season after being held up in a jam on the M62 and asking a traffic warden where I could park easily. Parked where he told me only to find out I'd got a parking ticket when I got back to the car.
Posted by: ponnyfan, August 1, 2010, 10:04pm; Reply: 254
Quoted from Les Brechin
Getting to Burnley late one season after being held up in a jam on the M62 and asking a traffic warden where I could park easily. Parked where he told me only to find out I'd got a parking ticket when I got back to the car.
Wot a government male masturbator

Posted by: marinernige, August 1, 2010, 11:31pm; Reply: 255
Two London games,winning 3-2 at Chelsea(year of the Harrods bomb),eerie passing through Knightsbridge on the tube,three Kevins scoring for Town,Moore,Kilmore and Drinks, the other game i remember well Town winning 6-1 away at Millwall in a re-arranged FA cup third round match at the old den,about 70 Town fans there,i think we where 1-0 down at half time,5 off us went down in an old skoda,bit nervy after the match.Won at Newcastle in the next round.
Posted by: headingly_mariner, August 2, 2010, 12:58pm; Reply: 256
fentyatemyhamster brought up some awful memeories on another thread mentioning the '252 club' of which i am a fully paid up member, the horror of that night in hartlepool will never be forgotten and my most vivid memory is my hull supporting mates ringing me after the game from a night out and enquiring about the score, it was an embarrassing time to be a town fan when you throw in the other away drubbings we got that season. Were you in the 252?
Posted by: Les Brechin, August 2, 2010, 1:15pm; Reply: 257
Standing on the open terrace at Brisbane Road holding a black and white blow up zebra on April Fools Day watching Town get spanked 5-0 by Leyton Orient helped by a hat-trick from a young Kevin Campbell who was on-loan from Arsenal at the time.
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, August 2, 2010, 1:48pm; Reply: 258
Quoted from Les Brechin
Standing on the open terrace at Brisbane Road holding a black and white blow up zebra on April Fools Day watching Town get spanked 5-0 by Leyton Orient helped by a hat-trick from a young Kevin Campbell who was on-loan from Arsenal at the time.


I was there that day but it didn't really register as that much of a bad result....end of season ish performance where despite the goings on out on the pitch, from what I recall it was a pleasant enough day.

Can't imagine Buckley was that pleased though!

Actually going back a bit further, it was a bit like the thumping I saw us get at Cambridge at the end of the 80-81 season....despite the goals raining in, still a good day out

Posted by: 97 (Guest), August 2, 2010, 2:33pm; Reply: 259
Now then.

Gary Childs' 30 yarder against Hull in the league cup, must've been 89? And I think he did it again the following week against league opposition.

Gordon Hobson's individual goal against Norwich. We won 1-0. Norwich then signed him. 86/87? Always thought that division two football came a bit too late for him. Awesome player.

Getting stuffed 4-0 at Ipswich in the FA Cup. Probably 92/93? A thoroughly miserable afternoon.
Posted by: marinermick, August 2, 2010, 3:36pm; Reply: 260
Quoted from 97
Now then.

Gary Childs' 30 yarder against Hull in the league cup, must've been 89? And I think he did it again the following week against league opposition.

Gordon Hobson's individual goal against Norwich. We won 1-0. Norwich then signed him. 86/87? Always thought that division two football came a bit too late for him. Awesome player.

Getting stuffed 4-0 at Ipswich in the FA Cup. Probably 92/93? A thoroughly miserable afternoon.

southampton signed him.
Posted by: Les Brechin, August 2, 2010, 3:40pm; Reply: 261
Quoted from 97
Now then.

Gary Childs' 30 yarder against Hull in the league cup, must've been 89? And I think he did it again the following week against league opposition.

Gordon Hobson's individual goal against Norwich. We won 1-0. Norwich then signed him. 86/87? Always thought that division two football came a bit too late for him. Awesome player.

Getting stuffed 4-0 at Ipswich in the FA Cup. Probably 92/93? A thoroughly miserable afternoon.

Gordon Hobson never played for Norwich. I think you must be thinking about Kev Drinkell who went to Norwich for the criminally low fee of £105,000

Posted by: 1mickylyons, August 2, 2010, 3:49pm; Reply: 262
Quoted from 97
Now then.

Gary Childs' 30 yarder against Hull in the league cup, must've been 89? And I think he did it again the following week against league opposition.

Gordon Hobson's individual goal against Norwich. We won 1-0. Norwich then signed him. 86/87? Always thought that division two football came a bit too late for him. Awesome player.

Getting stuffed 4-0 at Ipswich in the FA Cup. Probably 92/93? A thoroughly miserable afternoon.


Random Gordon Hobson memory an hat trick v Sunderland in some crappy cup or other and what an hat trick he really was a top player shame he left under a cloud.

Posted by: Devonmatt, August 2, 2010, 3:50pm; Reply: 263
Driving down to Colchester with my school mates and one very accommodating parent for a midweek game under Buckley mark 1.  Arriving late to the ground and searching for the local radio station to hear the first 15mins of the game 'and it's bad news for you Colchester fans', cue wild celebrations by all the travelling party, 'but tonights game has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch'!!! sodomist!!!

Have many wonderful memories GTFC related but nothing is as clear in my mind as that moment.
Posted by: 97 (Guest), August 2, 2010, 3:51pm; Reply: 264
Funny how the memory plays tricks. I could have sworn he signed for Norwich. I stand corrected - must be getting mixed up with Kev Drinkell's transfer.
Posted by: Les Brechin, August 2, 2010, 3:55pm; Reply: 265
Quoted from 97
Funny how the memory plays tricks. I could have sworn he signed for Norwich. I stand corrected - must be getting mixed up with Kev Drinkell's transfer.


It was Southampton, Lincoln then Exeter after he left here IIRC. He missed a penalty for Exeter against Town late on one season when the score was 0-0.
Posted by: Aryan_imp, August 2, 2010, 4:56pm; Reply: 266
Quoted from 1mickylyons


Random Gordon Hobson memory an hat trick v Sunderland in some crappy cup or other and what an hat trick he really was a top player shame he left under a cloud.



What cloud was that mate?

Best/favourite player I've ever seen at SB btw!





Posted by: pseudonym, August 2, 2010, 5:56pm; Reply: 267
Quoted from Aryan_imp


What cloud was that mate?

Best/favourite player I've ever seen at SB btw!





Hobson was one of the best I have seen in a GTFC shirt. Could turn defences inside out. If my memory serves me correctly, he left us
the same day as Gordon Simmonite who was a coach. Wasn't he one of your lot also ?

Posted by: Mariner16, August 2, 2010, 5:57pm; Reply: 268
Quoted from headingly_mariner
fentyatemyhamster brought up some awful memeories on another thread mentioning the '252 club' of which i am a fully paid up member, the horror of that night in hartlepool will never be forgotten and my most vivid memory is my hull supporting mates ringing me after the game from a night out and enquiring about the score, it was an embarrassing time to be a town fan when you throw in the other away drubbings we got that season. Were you in the 252?


Was on the supporter bus that night, which backed up over a bollard outside the ground before the game and damaged something, so had to wait a while after the game for a replacement bus to arrive...all we wanted to do was get out of Hartlepool that night!
Posted by: Aryan_imp, August 2, 2010, 6:13pm; Reply: 269
Quoted from pseudonym
Hobson was one of the best I have seen in a GTFC shirt. Could turn defences inside out. If my memory serves me correctly, he left us
the same day as Gordon Simmonite who was a coach. Wasn't he one of your lot also ?



Yeah, Simmonite was a decent enough defender for a couple of seasons signed from Blackpool, didn't realise he went to you as coach?



Posted by: pseudonym, August 2, 2010, 6:16pm; Reply: 270
Being tied to the open corner seats against West Brom a week before getting married in 2000. Lee Ashcroft's idea.
As luck had it the stewards unchained me at half time as it was raining. We won 2-0. I know David Nielsen scored, not
sure is Smudge got the other. Anyone know.

Went to Vicarage Road the following week, the day before the wedding to receive a phone call that Lee Ashcroft was
taken off injured at (Rotherham I think) so he couldn't be best man. I asked the late great Bernard Morley if he
would oblige to be his replacement only to find that Ashy was okay. Ashy has supposedly lost his voice so couldn't
do the wedding speech (Swanny stood in as replacement). As soon as speech was complete Ashy got his voice back !!
Posted by: pseudonym, August 2, 2010, 6:27pm; Reply: 271
Quoted from batman
extremely random, but always sticks in my mind:

not so long ago away at chester, in  the end i think we won 2-0 with 2 identical late goals by andy taylor(?)

anyway the game was dull as fook up to then and the reff was awful, i will never forget a kid (no older than 6/7), shouting really cheesy insults at the reff, then out of nowhere came the high pitched voice 'REFFEREE YOUR FCUKING SHYTE!!!!' ha and it was of course the little nipper... made me chuckle
Didn't Gary Jones score one of those. 2006-2007 season ?

Posted by: pseudonym, August 2, 2010, 6:30pm; Reply: 272
Quoted from jock dock tower
Town being led out by their we mascot in the 1960's, Clive Spencer. Used to play in the same B.B. team.


Haven't seen Clive for years. I played in the Main Stand Junior Club team of the mid-sixties guided by the late Bernard Morley. Clive was one of our strikeforce. Des Chapman, John & Dave Mawer, Steve McCormick, Chris Meadows to name but a few were also part of the team
Posted by: pseudonym, August 2, 2010, 6:34pm; Reply: 273
Quoted from Mariner16


Was on the supporter bus that night, which backed up over a bollard outside the ground before the game and damaged something, so had to wait a while after the game for a replacement bus to arrive...all we wanted to do was get out of Hartlepool that night!


Correct. The main Hartlepool stewards wouldn't let us park near the ground entrance and told us to go further down the road and turn the coach round. Think the road was being widened and it was extremely difficult to turn the coach round. Yorkie Phil the Wilbys driver lost the plot and rammed it into the bollards (accident ?)
Posted by: DJ Mera, August 2, 2010, 6:43pm; Reply: 274
A lot of mine mentioned before but here goes

23,000 packed into BP the night we won the championship

a Reserve game at BP vs York Res (when we played on Saturday afternoon) and big George McClean scoring from the halfway line into the pontoon end net after being gifted the ball by the York goalkeeper.

That Cup game at Coventry and seeing the coaches streaming down the A46 in convoy

HT scores being put on the fence by young guys.

Waiting for the gate to open at half time so you could get in free (young and skint in those days)

Going to Hull mid 60's by train and when we arrived at New Holland to change to he Ferry saw about 12 Britannia Class loco's in the sidings all football specials and thinking what a support we going to have today

Leaving Grimsby on a cold and snowy morning by train to us V Man City in Cup and getting into bright sunlight once we crossed the pennines

Seeing Town put 7 past Ray Clemence when he played for the Scunts

My first visit to BP on a Good Friday against Rotherham 1-1 (late 50's)

Wife calling me for my tea now so will end it with 55+ yrs of Happiness & Heartache
Posted by: LondonMariner43, August 2, 2010, 7:04pm; Reply: 275
I'll never forget Proudlock's penalty miss at Aldershot and the longer we stay in the BSP the more it will haunt.  Remain convinced that three points that day would have given the momentum and confidence earlier - instead it just extended the winless run.

Always seems to be the bad results that last in the memory.  I remember 1-5 at home to West Ham when we were challenging for promotion to old Div one.  Like the Aldershot game it knocked us back at a crucial time in the run in.  

Will never forget Marc North's missed pen that took us down from old Div two.

One of the best memories... 4-1 opener against Exeter - only my second game and the start of the Kerr/Booth era.

Also winning 1-0 away at Fulham with a late Livvo goal... Was sitting in the away end but luckily it was the family section and we got away with cheering a little!!


Posted by: barralad, August 2, 2010, 7:17pm; Reply: 276
Quoted from FishOutOfWater


I was there that day but it didn't really register as that much of a bad result....end of season ish performance where despite the goings on out on the pitch, from what I recall it was a pleasant enough day.

Can't imagine Buckley was that pleased though!

Actually going back a bit further, it was a bit like the thumping I saw us get at Cambridge at the end of the 80-81 season....despite the goals raining in, still a good day out



That was a funny old game. Players obviously on holiday early. We stood on a small open terrace behind one goal and kept up a chant for about 60 minutes despite goals going into Batch's net at regular intervals. The Police made us park on some boggy meadow type area and a lot of the cars and a mini bus got stuck in mud. As the wheels spun mud was going everywhere.

Going back to the Millwall cup tie. It'd been postponed on the Saturday. We hired a mini-bus, foolishly had Ready Rent a Van on the side. Befriended a pub landlord who let us park in his car park behind the pub out of sight. After the sixth goal went in we wondered how on earth we were going to get out of East London alive. We waited an hour after the game and then set off. About two miles up the road we stopped for petrol but couldn't work out how to get the cap off the petrol tank. Had to get the RAC out. Took them an hour. There was a pub across the road and as it was chucking out (no all night drinking then...) the locals caught sight of the RAC van and burst into a rendition of "We're going home, we're going home, you're not!"(blushing)(blushing)
Posted by: barralad, August 2, 2010, 7:20pm; Reply: 277
Quoted from pseudonym
Hobson was one of the best I have seen in a GTFC shirt. Could turn defences inside out. If my memory serves me correctly, he left us
the same day as Gordon Simmonite who was a coach. Wasn't he one of your lot also ?



Wasn't he Compo out of "Last of the Summer Wine" ??
Posted by: barralad, August 2, 2010, 7:25pm; Reply: 278
Quoted from LondonMariner43
I'll never forget Proudlock's penalty miss at Aldershot and the longer we stay in the BSP the more it will haunt.  Remain convinced that three points that day would have given the momentum and confidence earlier - instead it just extended the winless run.

Always seems to be the bad results that last in the memory.  I remember 1-5 at home to West Ham when we were challenging for promotion to old Div one. Like the Aldershot game it knocked us back at a crucial time in the run in.  

Will never forget Marc North's missed pen that took us down from old Div two.

One of the best memories... 4-1 opener against Exeter - only my second game and the start of the Kerr/Booth era.

Also winning 1-0 away at Fulham with a late Livvo goal... Was sitting in the away end but luckily it was the family section and we got away with cheering a little!!




We seemed to give in so easily that day. For a long time I wondered whether the club didn't think they were ready for the big time....nowadays that finish would've got us into the play-offs....
Posted by: theicenian, August 2, 2010, 7:34pm; Reply: 279
One that always comes to mind when threads like this run,and oddly though it wasn't the last time, it is the last game I can remember there being no segregation between supporters. I can't remember the season segregation started.   Anyway that 2-2 draw against Sunderland (Portwood and Hill for us and Usher and the really good Sharkey for them). One more goal would have seen us safe as it was they went up to div1 and we went down to div 3. No riots,no scrapping just shoulder to shoulder with 16 thousand plus supporters some in red stripes and some in black stripes.  
Posted by: Civvy at last, August 2, 2010, 7:36pm; Reply: 280
Quoted from theicenian
One that always comes to mind when threads like this run,and oddly though it wasn't the last time, it is the last game I can remember there being no segregation between supporters. I can't remember the season segregation started.   Anyway that 2-2 draw against Sunderland (Portwood and Hill for us and Usher and the really good Sharkey for them). One more goal would have seen us safe as it was they went up to div1 and we went down to div 3. No riots,no scrapping just shoulder to shoulder with 16 thousand plus supporters some in red stripes and some in black stripes.  


What year was this Icey ??
Posted by: thornemariner, August 2, 2010, 7:38pm; Reply: 281
Just 7 games after going second bottom in 2007, winning 1 0 at Hereford to seal safety with two months to spare. The Town fans burst into a chant of "One Bernard Morley, there's only one Bernard Morley". It was a great tribute to one of Town's greatest fans a few days after he had passed away. I was really proud to be a Town fan at that point.
Posted by: Abdul19, August 2, 2010, 7:40pm; Reply: 282
Quoted from pseudonym
Being tied to the open corner seats against West Brom a week before getting married in 2000. Lee Ashcroft's idea.
As luck had it the stewards unchained me at half time as it was raining. We won 2-0. I know David Nielsen scored, not
sure is Smudge got the other. Anyone know.



It was Bradley Allen and IIRC it was on Sky.

Another one that popped into my head is Lester smashing Dean Austin into the Lower Findus, before cutting inside and smashing into the net against Palace. Palace were managed by Sun readers favourite Venables at the time I think.
Posted by: jock dock tower, August 2, 2010, 7:42pm; Reply: 283
Quoted from barralad


We seemed to give in so easily that day. For a long time I wondered whether the club didn't think they were ready for the big time....nowadays that finish would've got us into the play-offs....


Didn't we pull back from 2-0 down to 2-1 with about 15 minutes to go after hammering West Ham for about 10 minutes? We then had a player sent off (Cumming?) and totally collapsed in the last 10 minutes.

My favourite Town v West Ham memory was nearly knocking them out of the League Cup in the 65-6 season, finally drawing 2-2. West Ham had the immortal trios of Moore, Peters and Hurst, had recently won the European Cup Winners Cup, and could put out a first team with 7 players beginning with "B" and often did.
Posted by: Paddymariner, August 2, 2010, 8:27pm; Reply: 284
Quoted from barralad


That was a funny old game. Players obviously on holiday early. We stood on a small open terrace behind one goal and kept up a chant for about 60 minutes despite goals going into Batch's net at regular intervals. The Police made us park on some boggy meadow type area and a lot of the cars and a mini bus got stuck in mud. As the wheels spun mud was going everywhere.

Going back to the Millwall cup tie. It'd been postponed on the Saturday. We hired a mini-bus, foolishly had Ready Rent a Van on the side. Befriended a pub landlord who let us park in his car park behind the pub out of sight. After the sixth goal went in we wondered how on earth we were going to get out of East London alive. We waited an hour after the game and then set off. About two miles up the road we stopped for petrol but couldn't work out how to get the cap off the petrol tank. Had to get the RAC out. Took them an hour. There was a pub across the road and as it was chucking out (no all night drinking then...) the locals caught sight of the RAC van and burst into a rendition of "We're going home, we're going home, you're not!"(blushing)(blushing)


I think you'd have got free drinks all night in East London. Think you mean New Cross, Catford, Lewisham way.
Posted by: barralad, August 2, 2010, 8:34pm; Reply: 285
Quoted from Paddymariner


I think you'd have got free drinks all night in East London. Think you mean New Cross, Catford, Lewisham way.


I stand corrected..South East Larndan....
Posted by: Paddymariner, August 2, 2010, 8:49pm; Reply: 286
Never liked Millwall supporters since a bus load of them gobbed over my brand new Audi on Weelsby Road outside the Hainton Inn traffic lights??? about 1979. Think we'd just beaten them 2-1? and Drinks scored. Was on MOTD. ;D
Posted by: Les Brechin, August 2, 2010, 9:19pm; Reply: 287
Quoted from LondonMariner43


Also winning 1-0 away at Fulham with a late Livvo goal... Was sitting in the away end but luckily it was the family section and we got away with cheering a little!!



Surely that means you were sat with the Town fans then?

Posted by: ponnyfan, August 2, 2010, 11:42pm; Reply: 288
Peterbrough away a few seasons ago "Alan Buckleys Black and White army" being chanted for what seemed like half the match - unfortunately we lost 2-1 to a flookey cross, come goal from Gypo Boyd - Great awayday  :)
Posted by: chiangmaimariner, August 3, 2010, 8:40am; Reply: 289
Can't remember the year exactly, but our youth team at the time included the Moore brothers, Tony Ford, Terry Donovan, Nigel Batch, Drinks & Wilkie (I think), and had made the final in whatever cup the youths played for then against Sunderland - which was a 2-legged affair.
/* Yep, my memory's getting rather hazy */

Every football "expert" was then convinced that Sunderland's youth team were the best in the country bar none - so when we went there and won 4-1 it was a 'bad day at the office' for them, and they'd show us what they were really made of in the return at BP.

They showed up full of confidence, and Dave Moore was having a hard time (at centre-back) against one of their strikers. Dave was fouling the guy every time to stop him, and when he did this in the area (pen. not given, corner awarded) I saw Batchy go out and have a word with Dave as Sunderland prepared for the corner.

Ball came into the box and Batchy punched the ball away with one fist, and knocked out this troublesome striker with his other fist. A stoppage of several minutes resulted....

We went on to win 4-0 for a difficult-to-dispute-who-were-the-better-side winning aggregate of 8-1!

Really good crowd at BP that day, too.

******************
The goal I always remember is Drinks making it 2-2 at Carlisle on the opening day of a season long ago (we/he won the match 3-2).

Posted by: carrot top, August 3, 2010, 8:58am; Reply: 290
Donny away at the end of 1971/72. We lost 2-1 (still went up). Crowd that day was over 12,000. My abiding memeory is seeing loads of Town Fans in white butchers jackets, doc martins and silk scarfs tied around their wrists
Posted by: Paddymariner, August 3, 2010, 10:18am; Reply: 291
Quoted from chiangmaimariner
Can't remember the year exactly, but our youth team at the time included the Moore brothers, Tony Ford, Terry Donovan, Nigel Batch, Drinks & Wilkie (I think), and had made the final in whatever cup the youths played for then against Sunderland - which was a 2-legged affair.
/* Yep, my memory's getting rather hazy */

Every football "expert" was then convinced that Sunderland's youth team were the best in the country bar none - so when we went there and won 4-1 it was a 'bad day at the office' for them, and they'd show us what they were really made of in the return at BP.

They showed up full of confidence, and Dave Moore was having a hard time (at centre-back) against one of their strikers. Dave was fouling the guy every time to stop him, and when he did this in the area (pen. not given, corner awarded) I saw Batchy go out and have a word with Dave as Sunderland prepared for the corner.

Ball came into the box and Batchy punched the ball away with one fist, and knocked out this troublesome striker with his other fist. A stoppage of several minutes resulted....

We went on to win 4-0 for a difficult-to-dispute-who-were-the-better-side winning aggregate of 8-1!

Really good crowd at BP that day, too.

******************
The goal I always remember is Drinks making it 2-2 at Carlisle on the opening day of a season long ago (we/he won the match 3-2).



Great story that. Don't think Wilkie would have been in that team, he'd have been too young.
Posted by: forza ivano, August 3, 2010, 12:22pm; Reply: 292
can't be bothered to read through 300 posts but her's a few which spring to mind

1) ivano bonetti turning mark bowen inside out and delivering the perfect cross for us to get aheaded late equaliser at norwich
2) ivano bonetti making his debut at charlton and the realsisation after 10 minutes that we'd got ourself a real diamond
3) ivano bonetti on the touch line at b'ham penned in by 3 of their players and still coming away with the ball
4) chelsea 3-2 away win ,after being 2 down at half time.going mad on the open terrace,soaked to the skin
5) lee ashcroft leaping into the terrace at orient trying to lamp a lad who'd been giving him a hard time
6) alan pouton free kick at brighton - beautiful day in the open stand in the sun and a great weekend down there
7) wba away on good friday. hung for 45 minutes of constant pressure to snatch a completely undeserved 1-0 win
8 ) livvo scoring the winner at fulham off his backside
9) that fulham play off match at craven cottage - great game and a great day out
10 - the ultimate memory - ivano bonetti getting THAT goal against wba ; i admit to having tears in my eyes, was the perfect story book ending
Posted by: FishOutOfWater, August 3, 2010, 1:59pm; Reply: 293
Quoted from 97

Getting stuffed 4-0 at Ipswich in the FA Cup. Probably 92/93? A thoroughly miserable afternoon.




13th February 1993...missed that one. I was getting married at the time! But I get your drift about it being a thoroughly miserable afternoon though!  ;)
Posted by: blasty, August 3, 2010, 2:15pm; Reply: 294
Quoted from Les Brechin
Charlie Nicholas scoring 2 brilliant free-kicks at BP when Arsenal beat us 4-3 in the FA Cup in the mid 80's

Just about the only time I really enjoyed a game that Town lost.


Remember Batch just waving at the ball as it sailed in the net.............

Other game I really enjoyed that Town lost, Blackburn beating us 3-2 at home, toasted an 3-0 down at half time only to come out second half and absolutely batter them just couldnt get the equaliser. A fantastic game of football.
Posted by: blasty, August 3, 2010, 2:24pm; Reply: 295
Quoted from carrot top
Both goals at Bradford City in our 2-0 win 90/91 I think. Tommy Watson and Diddy Gilbert. Pure football class.

Clive Hickman 1972 against Reading or was it Cambridge on an easter Monday game in an absolute mudbath. Injury time minute winner to make it 2-1 My Dad and many others had left to get the bus home thinking it was a draw. I believe the crowd was around 13,000 that day and we had already played a game at home just a couple of days before  in front of another 5 figure crowd.

Another was the Matt Tees goal against Exeter 1972. What a night


Bury away same season as Bradford game, lost 3-2 (I think) and David Lee was awesome for Bury that night. Was a cracking atmosphere still amongst the Town faithful
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, August 3, 2010, 2:32pm; Reply: 296
Quoted from forza ivano
can't be bothered to read through 300 posts but her's a few which spring to mind

1) ivano bonetti turning mark bowen inside out and delivering the perfect cross for us to get aheaded late equaliser at norwich
2) ivano bonetti making his debut at charlton and the realsisation after 10 minutes that we'd got ourself a real diamond
3) ivano bonetti on the touch line at b'ham penned in by 3 of their players and still coming away with the ball
4) chelsea 3-2 away win ,after being 2 down at half time.going mad on the open terrace,soaked to the skin
5) lee ashcroft leaping into the terrace at orient trying to lamp a lad who'd been giving him a hard time
6) alan pouton free kick at brighton - beautiful day in the open stand in the sun and a great weekend down there
7) wba away on good friday. hung for 45 minutes of constant pressure to snatch a completely undeserved 1-0 win
8 ) livvo scoring the winner at fulham off his backside
9) that fulham play off match at craven cottage - great game and a great day out
10 - the ultimate memory - ivano bonetti getting THAT goal against wba ; i admit to having tears in my eyes, was the perfect story book ending


I think the only one of those I missed was the Chelsea game. Was at Uni and had no one to go with except 2 Chelsea supporting flatmates. When they got back to the pub in Herne Bay that night they were shell-shocked.

Remember that Brum game. Bonetti took a shot almost straight from the kick off. It was on target but didn't have enough power. Home fans making their zulu noise (or sounded like that).

The WBA away game - we were under pressure most of the game. Think they missed a penalty. Pre-match in a pub run by a Town fan I seem to remember.

That Livvo goal at Fulham (very hot day) meant we got our first win of the 97-98 season. The play off game there was another stinking hot day. Can remember sitting outside the 8 Bells at one of those games and some lass in tennis gear cycling by past a horde of drunk up Town - what was she thinking of!

Can't remember much of the Norwich game but it was a good atmosphere.

Posted by: Little Mariner, August 3, 2010, 2:36pm; Reply: 297
Coyne was lucky not to get sent off for handling outside the area
then he saved a pen
Then pouton scored a pen in the last few minutes.
Yes i remember a pub run by a town fan
not sure it was good friday though, it was 18/8 2001,  a few months before we had beaten them 1-0 on easter monday 16/4/2001 when Cornwall scored and conoco blew up!!!!!
Posted by: theicenian, August 3, 2010, 2:40pm; Reply: 298
Blimey,Luke Cornwall,had completely forgotten him.
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, August 3, 2010, 2:42pm; Reply: 299
I may be mixing the games up. We won both 1-0.
Posted by: big_mozzer, August 3, 2010, 2:44pm; Reply: 300
dont think no one has mentioned 2/3 seasons ago was it, when we got trashed by the gimps 5-1 or 5-0. Slade kept them on the pitch at half time, and it kicked off that day big time, but was a good day out.
Posted by: Little Mariner, August 3, 2010, 2:53pm; Reply: 301
He's a taxi driver now according to Wiki
Posted by: Little Mariner, August 3, 2010, 2:54pm; Reply: 302
2006, play off season, 2 months later we were beating thewm in the Play off semi,  revenge is ace
Posted by: forza ivano, August 3, 2010, 3:08pm; Reply: 303
Quoted from Little Mariner
Coyne was lucky not to get sent off for handling outside the area
then he saved a pen
Then pouton scored a pen in the last few minutes.
Yes i remember a pub run by a town fan
not sure it was good friday though, it was 18/8 2001,  a few months before we had beaten them 1-0 on easter monday 16/4/2001 when Cornwall scored and conoco blew up!!!!!


you could well be right with easter monday.cornwall scored at the far end just before half time. wba came out, had a shot and 2 corners after which my wife turned round and said ; christ how long is left? 1 of the lads absolutely deapan (& truthfully) said '44 minutes'! ;D ;D
never known 45 minutes pass soooooooooo slowly
Posted by: AtkinGtfc, August 3, 2010, 3:29pm; Reply: 304
Lincoln Away 1st leg of the play offs, gary jones with the goal, and if i remember rightly Curtis Woodhouse blocking that shot of the line in the 90th minute somehow, and a chorus of Rocky followed until the town fans had left the stadium, the game was a few days after Curtis announced about a boxing career
Posted by: ponnyfan, August 3, 2010, 5:26pm; Reply: 305
Quoted from AtkinGtfc
Lincoln Away 1st leg of the play offs, gary jones with the goal, and if i remember rightly Curtis Woodhouse blocking that shot of the line in the 90th minute somehow, and a chorus of Rocky followed until the town fans had left the stadium, the game was a few days after Curtis announced about a boxing career
A great day that

Posted by: jock dock tower, August 3, 2010, 5:56pm; Reply: 306
Quoted from carrot top
Donny away at the end of 1971/72. We lost 2-1 (still went up). Crowd that day was over 12,000. My abiding memeory is seeing loads of Town Fans in white butchers jackets, doc martins and silk scarfs tied around their wrists


and the queue of traffic from the College all the way to Donny...

Posted by: barralad, August 3, 2010, 10:48pm; Reply: 307
Quoted from Paddymariner


Great story that. Don't think Wilkie would have been in that team, he'd have been too young.


Quite correct. That team was playing in 75/76. The cup was the Northern Intermediate League Cup.
Posted by: 1mickylyons, August 4, 2010, 8:35pm; Reply: 308
Quoted from Aryan_imp


What cloud was that mate?

Best/favourite player I've ever seen at SB btw!







I think from what i recall Hobson basically held the Club to ransom so he could move to Southampton or wherever he left for?Weve had some cracking forwards at BP and Hobson was in my top 5 he usually scored great goals as well rather than tap ins.I think he hit 20 goals in a Season as well and in my years as a fan only 3 others have achieved it Drinkell,Mendonca,Donovan
Posted by: The_Laughing_Mariner, August 5, 2010, 7:38am; Reply: 309
|Most Hobson ever scored was 15, I remember Brace gatting 25 one season, Tees 27 i think the season under Lawrie Mac
Posted by: jock dock tower, August 5, 2010, 1:23pm; Reply: 310
|Most Hobson ever scored was 15, I remember Brace gatting 25 one season, Tees 27 i think the season under Lawrie Mac


The 71-2 promotion season. Macmenemy was often frustrated at Matt Tees on the training pitch, and his pipe smoking off it...but what a footballer. One of the abiding memories for me of Town, but not a good one, was the decision to dispense with Matt's services so soon after the glory days. I remember all the petitions down the docks and in the pubs calling on the board to ensure he stayed. Needless to say.....

Posted by: forza ivano, August 5, 2010, 2:07pm; Reply: 311
west ham away in the cup, with laws scoring was a pretty good night as well
Posted by: thornemariner, August 5, 2010, 5:17pm; Reply: 312
I remember going to Swindon in (I think) 1996/7, about January or February. After 30 minutes or so, the refereee called the game off due to a frozen pitch. As we were already 1 0 down and down to 10 men, we were quite okay about it but the home fans were trying to get the game reinstated, partly supposedly on our behalf, because of the distance we had travelled. I could hardly keep a straight face. Mind you, it was only 45 minutes from where I lived.

Our puppy was relieved we got back early as we only went at the last minute when Brentford's home game fell to the weather. Poor lad was dying for a p*** when we got back but we hadn't left owt for him to go on.
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, August 7, 2010, 12:08am; Reply: 313
That was a ffffff flipping cold day at Swindon. Ruined by having to come out of the pub for the match and then have it frozen off. The match that is
Posted by: TimMickleburgh, August 7, 2010, 12:17am; Reply: 314
Neil Freeman saving a penalty against Southampton in a friendly on a friday night in the 70's and some wag in the crowd shouting "They ought to name a street after him!".
Posted by: forza ivano, August 9, 2010, 11:56am; Reply: 315
cheaterfield away when we won promotion - a mad,mad day
Posted by: BIGChris, August 9, 2010, 12:04pm; Reply: 316
Quoted from forza ivano
cheaterfield away when we won promotion - a mad,mad day


If you are refering to 1990 weren't we already promoted?

The team were poor that day and the fans mental. Climbing floodlights.

I was at my chivalarous best that day, took my heavily pregnant wife out for the day, in the baking sun,  to the 'peak district' as i thought the crooked spire would interest her! ;)
Posted by: Civvy at last, August 9, 2010, 10:12pm; Reply: 317
Quoted from BIGChris


If you are refering to 1990 weren't we already promoted?

The team were poor that day and the fans mental. Climbing floodlights.

I was at my chivalarous best that day, took my heavily pregnant wife out for the day, in the baking sun,  to the 'peak district' as i thought the crooked spire would interest her! ;)


We were indeed already promoted.  We played sh1te and lost 2-0. Thus enabling Chesterfield to get in the play offs.  
Posted by: tintowner, August 9, 2010, 10:47pm; Reply: 318
1979/80: Bobby Cumming taking out Allan Clarke at Barnsley...........then taking out Norman Hunter at BP . Then they took him past the Ponny on a stretcher.

1980/81: at home to newly relegated Chelsea. Fighting inside and outside the ground. I remember some Chelsea in the Pontoon trying to get out over the (then) metal fences. Can still picture about a dozen pair of hands pulling them back in! My mate getting twatted by a Chelsea skinhead whilst waiting for a 45 bus.

1980/81: That goal from the kick off against Cambridge at BP  when no opposing player even touched the ball.

1979/80: Kev Drinkells bullet header at home to Bristol City that hit the back stanchion and came out of the goal with as much power as it went in.

And many many more.....I could write forever and a day.
























Posted by: Brazilnut, August 10, 2010, 1:03am; Reply: 319
Seem to remember a easter tuesday match at huddersfield was at work and wasnt sure kick off time think it may of been 3pm.............totally threw me ......about 85 -88....  bet you can all rememeber Cummings coking backfrom  injury to score 3  against huddersfield...................a  YORK match 0-0 pretty boring  then allof a sudden  in a quadmire of a pitch a tacklewent in n half way line crowd roared  and then chanted for the last 20 mins ...was great
Posted by: oldfootballer, August 10, 2010, 6:11am; Reply: 320
One of the most proudest times for me was when we played at Coventry in the famous 1.0 FA cup defeat in 1971.
going out on the pitch before the game and realising just how many fans had turned up from Grimsby, never been so proud in my life.

Then Lew Chatterley coming up to me and saying wee man this is what football is all about now get out there and show them fantastic supporters what you are all about , and we did unfortunatly we got beat with a disputed penalty in the last minute scored by a Grimsby guy who played for Coventry, then then the same guy  had the cheek to turn up at the Flamingo later on that night while most of our players were there., well we all wanted to kill him

forgot his name now
I AM SURE SOMEBODY WILL REMIND ME.old footballer
Posted by: The_Laughing_Mariner, August 10, 2010, 7:09am; Reply: 321
Mick Coop
Posted by: gobby, August 10, 2010, 8:29am; Reply: 322
17th December 1983, Town v Chelsea, Town 2 0 down at half time and Tony Ford scored one of the best if not the best goal I ever saw at Stamford Bridge and it inspired Town to a 3 - 2 victory, also significant because it was the day the IRA decided to bomb Harrods.
I also believe Town finished in the top 6 that season (5th?) 8)
UTMM
Posted by: forza ivano, August 10, 2010, 8:36am; Reply: 323
Quoted from gobby
17th December 1983, Town v Chelsea, Town 2 0 down at half time and Tony Ford scored one of the best if not the best goal I ever saw at Stamford Bridge and it inspired Town to a 3 - 2 victory, also significant because it was the day the IRA decided to bomb Harrods.
I also believe Town finished in the top 6 that season (5th?) 8)
UTMM


that wasa great one for me too.me and my brother went on the train from aylesbury with all our chelsea supporting mates who spent the whole journey taking the pisss, little gy,fish, the smell etc etc etc
needless to say they were v.v. quiet on the way home whilst us 2 drowned rats (open terrace in them days and it just poured down) grinned like a couple of cheshire cats ;D ;D ;D  happy days


don't suppose there is any footage of that game is there????
Posted by: gobby, August 10, 2010, 8:41am; Reply: 324
Quoted from forza ivano


that wasa great one for me too.me and my brother went on the train from aylesbury with all our chelsea supporting mates who spent the whole journey taking the pisss, little gy,fish, the smell etc etc etc
needless to say they were v.v. quiet on the way home whilst us 2 drowned rats (open terrace in them days and it just poured down) grinned like a couple of cheshire cats ;D ;D ;D  happy days


don't suppose there is any footage of that game is there????


Not seen any footage, I was actually sat behind the dugouts as I was a club member of Chelsea FC in those days so it was not a happy time for me on the train home to Grimsby that day!
Obviously I have since seen the light! ;D 8)
UTMM

Posted by: Les Brechin, August 10, 2010, 8:53am; Reply: 325
Quoted from forza ivano


that wasa great one for me too.me and my brother went on the train from aylesbury with all our chelsea supporting mates who spent the whole journey taking the pisss, little gy,fish, the smell etc etc etc
needless to say they were v.v. quiet on the way home whilst us 2 drowned rats (open terrace in them days and it just poured down) grinned like a couple of cheshire cats ;D ;D ;D  happy days


don't suppose there is any footage of that game is there????


I'm fairly sure that there wont be any footage at all because I think all concerned with tv/press etc were called in to cover the Harrods bombing that day.

Posted by: somersetmariner, August 10, 2010, 10:51am; Reply: 326
One of my first away games as a teenager was at leeds road, huddersfield, we were in a massive open stand. Town played in Red and we chanted 'Red Army' for the whole game..........Cant remember the score nor who played or what year, i just remember the brilliant chanting!
Posted by: Basingstoke Mariner, August 10, 2010, 1:30pm; Reply: 327
Most of my favourite memories are from around the same period, when I was living in GY and had a season ticket -

John Oster's free kick against Derby. We were all expecting it.

Terry Cooke's fantastic volley in the dying minutes at Norwich.

Pouton ensuring he got the match ball after both he and Boulding had scored hat tricks.

Michael Jeffrey scoring the equaliser against Palace after being 2-0 down after 89 minutes.

Going top of the Championship the day England beat Germany 5-1 (also the first time I fingered a girl, what a day that was)

Muscat getting sent off and then Todd scoring the winner.

Zhang Enhua scoring his first goal for us and then running along the Pontoon.



So many happy memories. Still plenty of time to create a lot more!
Posted by: Les Brechin, August 10, 2010, 1:33pm; Reply: 328
Most of my favourite memories are from around the same period, when I was living in GY and had a season ticket -

John Oster's free kick against Derby. We were all expecting it.

Terry Cooke's fantastic volley in the dying minutes at Norwich.

Pouton ensuring he got the match ball after both he and Boulding had scored hat tricks.

Michael Jeffrey scoring the equaliser against Palace after being 2-0 down after 89 minutes.

Going top of the Championship the day England beat Germany 5-1 (also the first time I fingered a girl, what a day that was)

Muscat getting sent off and then Todd scoring the winner.

Zhang Enhua scoring his first goal for us and then running along the Pontoon.



So many happy memories. Still plenty of time to create a lot more!


I think everyone in the ground that day knew what Oster was going to do apart from their keeper.  ;D
Posted by: psgmariner, August 10, 2010, 2:01pm; Reply: 329


Going top of the Championship the day England beat Germany 5-1 (also the first time I fingered a girl, what a day that was)


What a day!
Posted by: Mariner_501, August 10, 2010, 2:23pm; Reply: 330
Most of my favourite memories are from around the same period, when I was living in GY and had a season ticket -


Going top of the Championship the day England beat Germany 5-1 (also the first time I fingered a girl, what a day that was)
!


Well, I never would have guessed that they would link to each other.  :P
Posted by: The_Laughing_Mariner, August 10, 2010, 2:42pm; Reply: 331
Oh Dear,  what will happen when you finally get your end away?
Posted by: Richard Cranium, August 10, 2010, 5:33pm; Reply: 332
Most of my favourite memories are from around the same period, when I was living in GY and had a season ticket -

John Oster's free kick against Derby. We were all expecting it.

Terry Cooke's fantastic volley in the dying minutes at Norwich.

Pouton ensuring he got the match ball after both he and Boulding had scored hat tricks.

Michael Jeffrey scoring the equaliser against Palace after being 2-0 down after 89 minutes.

Going top of the Championship the day England beat Germany 5-1 (also the first time I fingered a girl, what a day that was)

Muscat getting sent off and then Todd scoring the winner.

Zhang Enhua scoring his first goal for us and then running along the Pontoon.



So many happy memories. Still plenty of time to create a lot more!
What a day. You finger a girl and Heskey scored for England

Posted by: forza ivano, August 11, 2010, 12:03pm; Reply: 333
how about the 5-1 win at boston? 2000 town debuting their new song 'who's that coming out of your bed? is it your sister?'' great day out
Posted by: headingly_mariner, August 11, 2010, 12:04pm; Reply: 334
Quoted from forza ivano
how about the 5-1 win at boston? 2000 town debuting their new song 'who's that coming out of your bed? is it your sister?'' great day out


was it not 6?
Posted by: kamakazebear, August 11, 2010, 12:06pm; Reply: 335
Quoted from psgmariner


What a day!


Was a brilliant day. I was on holiday at the time in France, sat in a tiny television room absolutely packed full of England fans. I remember wearing my town shirt with pride the next day and some random man in the toilets congratulating me on going top of the league. I hadn't had any way to check the scores yet so had no idea what he was talking about.
Posted by: Civvy at last, August 11, 2010, 6:03pm; Reply: 336
Quoted from kamakazebear


Was a brilliant day. I was on holiday at the time in France, sat in a tiny television room absolutely packed full of England fans. I remember wearing my town shirt with pride the next day and some random man in the toilets congratulating me on going top of the league. I hadn't had any way to check the scores yet so had no idea what he was talking about.


Basingstoke Mariner also had a sexual experience that day as well  ??)  ;)
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, August 11, 2010, 11:55pm; Reply: 337
Mick Coop


Now also known as Mick Somerfield. ;D

Posted by: New South Wales Mariner, August 12, 2010, 2:25pm; Reply: 338
As I have been fortunately NOT to have seen a Grimsby game for 9 seasons now my random are a little dated and maybe subjected to the odd error!

In no order

1)     Layer Road, Colchester and Ian Knight snapping his leg
2)     Getting a  newspaper  with the match day program at the Ayresome Park, Middlesbrough for the FA cup 3rd round match, and the pictures of  the town players looked nothing like the individual – A great day, for me that was far better than the trip to Wimbledon
3)     Singing “we want Jobson out” with the Southend supporters.  
4)     Friday night games in Southend as it guaranteed us a spot on “Saint and Greavsie”
5)     Going to Barnsley in the “Anglo Italian Cup”
6)     David James or Shaka Hislop (has it be one of the two ;) it think it was the latter, pulling off a fantastic save at the Osmond end.
7)     The pre season tour of Scotland in 96 and watching the Olympic Football final with the Grimsby Player at Stirling University and being asked           if we “could look for alternative accommodation” as all the drinking was “disrupting the team’s preparation”.
8)     Losing 6-3 away at Watford in about 1995/6 – Was this the same game when Handyside (shall we say) had some issues in Watford?
9)     A bit of the stand falling down at St Andrews.
10)     The Roker Roar – you just don’t get that sort of thing at sports stadiums these days
11)     Robert Prosinecki – say no more!
12)     Big Keith getting subbed after coming on as a sub
Posted by: forza ivano, August 12, 2010, 3:44pm; Reply: 339
11)     Robert Prosinecki – say no more!

cracking random memory that one nsw! he was superb .we got dicked about 4-0 and we all stood and applauded him at the end.awesome performance.

wba away in the cup - got thrown before k.o., ponced my entrance fee off other town fans and was back in for k.o.! we got mullered by peter barnes ,but what a turnout! was pretty scary afterwards as well
Posted by: forza ivano, August 12, 2010, 3:51pm; Reply: 340
and i've just thought of another one - gazza playing for burnley at bp and the whole crowd giving him an ovation half way through the match when he was trying to take a corner at the ponny end.that gave me a lump in my throat
Posted by: BIGChris, August 12, 2010, 4:00pm; Reply: 341
As I have been fortunately NOT to have seen a Grimsby game for 9 seasons now my random are a little dated and maybe subjected to the odd error!

9)     A bit of the stand falling down at St Andrews.


Wasnt that the televised bank holiday fixture with them getting the winner when offside?

We were moved from at end into the side stand because the roof was falling in!
Posted by: Japers, August 12, 2010, 4:08pm; Reply: 342
going to Birmingham winning 1-0 David Smith scored winner but if i remember we never had shot on target , his was deflected in.
Posted by: marinette, August 12, 2010, 5:39pm; Reply: 343

12)     Big Keith getting subbed after coming on as a sub


I don't remember that happening to Big Keith, but it happened more recently to (I think) James Hunt(?)

There's only one Mr B!   :o

PS James Hunt might be a name for the other thread (not the all time best team but...)
Posted by: Abdul19, August 12, 2010, 6:01pm; Reply: 344
Hunt had a strop after being subbed after 20 minutes, I don't think he was a sub.

He threw his armband down hilariously, IIRC.
Posted by: marinette, August 12, 2010, 6:04pm; Reply: 345
Quoted from Abdul19
Hunt had a strop after being subbed after 20 minutes, I don't think he was a sub.

He threw his armband down hilariously, IIRC.


Yes, he did that and then I had a tantrum on here about it...how dare he blah blah...I forgave him eventually though.

But there was one player who was brought on as sub and then taken off again...it was at an away game...if it wasn't Hunt, I can't remember who it would have been.  But AB was definitely the substituter.  Could it have been at Accrington or somewhere like that?
Posted by: ponnyfan, August 12, 2010, 6:25pm; Reply: 346
Terry buying a pint at Barnet
Posted by: GTFC HAINES UTM, August 12, 2010, 6:34pm; Reply: 347
Grimsby v Everton, 4th round of the Milk Cup  :) good memories
Posted by: TWAreaTownSupporter, August 13, 2010, 12:02am; Reply: 348
[quote=317]
8)     Losing 6-3 away at Watford in about 1995/6 – Was this the same game when Handyside (shall we say) had some issues in Watford?

Its when Crichton threw the ball in his own net. A few weeks after the Bonnetti incident. I think the players were trying to get rid of Laws.
Posted by: gary_elton, August 13, 2010, 1:03am; Reply: 349
Quoted from marinette


Yes, he did that and then I had a tantrum on here about it...how dare he blah blah...I forgave him eventually though.

But there was one player who was brought on as sub and then taken off again...it was at an away game...if it wasn't Hunt, I can't remember who it would have been.  But AB was definitely the substituter.  Could it have been at Accrington or somewhere like that?


seem to remember Big Keith come on as sub at Rochdale away... only to be subbed again.. we won 1 - 0... Diddy I think....
Posted by: barralad, August 13, 2010, 6:46am; Reply: 350
Quoted from ponnyfan
Terry buying a pint at Barnet


This is memories not fantasies
Posted by: forza ivano, August 13, 2010, 10:32am; Reply: 351
i remember a game in the 80's, i think it was, and Rob Moss actually got in the ground before kick off ;D

london mariners will understand ;)
Posted by: Mariner16, August 14, 2010, 1:01am; Reply: 352
Paul Groves clapping with the fans chants of Paul Groves Black and White Army in the dismal Division 2 season
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