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karlberg

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11/09/2018 at 10:40

Quote Quote by imperishablehcfc on 11/09/2018 at 09:46
Not sure about being misty-eyed, but for a lot it was the nostalgia of BP being a massive part of your childhood, teenage years, early adult life etc, where as a City supporter it was the adversity that came with following a shit team, in a shit ground and eventually even being the minnow among the 3 professional clubs in the city, that still lives with you today. Even today, when I'm out and about I have more chats / nods of acknowledgement, with members of the 3-5000 club than I do from any other walk of life, despite living and working in the area all my life. It wasn't BP per see, the nostalgia is for fellow masochists that frequented the place.

I can agree with that. The misty eyed stuff was from my very early teenage days, I was 10 when I first went to the old ground and to me it was magical, it was still magical up to Terry Neil coming in 70/71 ( I was 16) then the reality kicks in and you know your standing in the football league ladder, even in Hull. This really hit home when the likes of Boro, Forest, Sunderland visited BP in their thousands and we were lucky to fill a bus when we went there. But I too enjoyed the backs to the wall seasons, us v everyone else, but in a masochist way. We were shit but it was our shit. I was at the Devopment squad ( under 19's) v Watford game last night sat in a little tin shed with about 30 other people. Of which a good third were faces from the 3-5,000 club days. From my seat at Old Trafford during our first season in the Premier League I could'nt see anyone I recognised.

link; www.finesse-internet.co.uk/the-best-trip/ (THE BOOK THE CLUB REFUSED TO SELL). 

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KingstonKid

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11/09/2018 at 11:16

BP will always be my second home.
I roored when I left the Darlo game, such a sad finish, the ground and team.
But to see all those legends walk around at half time, was very special.
To see Jock Davidson struggle on his walk. The memories of those Waggy and Chillo days will never leave me.
Those surges on Bunkers before the stand was built.
KB's first game v Everton, an FA Cup tie never to be matched at BP in my opinion, what a day and atmosphere that was.
"Drunken" Evertonians filled the North Stand.
Even the Stoke defeat was memorable as Waggy put us 2-0 up. Only for John Ritchie to break our hearts.
That Stoke defeat was painful.
I became a Sunlan fan for 90 mnutes against L**ds in that game.
East stand red and white packed to the rafters and I think it was when George Mulhall scored for Sunderland then the stand rocked.
My mate and I were on the half way line and we got crushed when the goal went in.
Johnny Giles gave L**ds their win with a last minute penalty.
My first game in 63 a night game against QPR, hooked since then, watching City play on a carpet with the lights shining down.
It was no contest as we easily beat a QPR side 3-0.
I never thought I would see City lose to 9 men!
But Brighton did that to us, that was a very low point and I still get mocked about that from a Brighton supporter I know.
The come back against Wednesday , 1-4 down with 9 minutes to go.
No pain no gain..........a lot of pain but not much gain.
Bring on the catalyst of the KC............it's Sunlan again under different circumstances.
I missed that friendly, full of flu.........but witnessed Dean Keates' goal against Hartlepool.
However, gain was to be achieved, with promotions to the Premier League and an FA Cup Final, I never thought I would ever see that.
I was lucky enough, sadly, many supporters were not as fortunate.
Bristol City, Arsenal and Wednesday............Who will be next?!
Thanks for the memories.



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RichardCheatham - City AFC

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11/09/2018 at 14:47

BP was a beautiful place and, as others have said, full of magic.

Not all the time of course, the latter years had more holes in it than a piece of cheese, but those night games, winter afternoon matches with the steam rising off the pitch and crowd, there was nothing more potent a memory than that.

Forget the glory, very few clubs really reached great heights and something extra was added as we became serial underdogs.

It could have been something extra special. The land behind Kempton and Bunkers, North Stand car park. A handful of compulsory purchases in North Road and the BP footprint would have been vast and ripe for development. No vision sadly.

My first visit was in 1970, Peter Thompson had just signed for Bolton. Stood in the Well and could not believe my eyes at how vast it was. Hooked ever since.

On my trips home I always paid a visit after we went to the KC until it went forever.

Fantastic venue. 

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11/09/2018 at 21:02

"Hello? I think there are teenage girls being abused in my neighborhood."

-"Could you describe the suspects?"

-"Well, they're Pa-"

-"You're nicked, pal!"


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12/09/2018 at 08:49

The BP years. Mine started in 1969.
It's what made May 2008 so special .... in a way that the vast majority of so called football 'fans' could never understand or feel.  

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12/09/2018 at 10:50

I was trying to recall the last time Kempton was rammed, really rammed. Probably United in 74.

Then they built that poxy wall 3/4 of the way along.

Although we hate to admit it, a couple of rugby games filled the stand too, Hull v NZ? 

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12/09/2018 at 14:56

First game in 1958, not exactly sure who against but think it was Rochdale. I had never been to a football match before but it hooked me. The following season was promotion which really came from nowhere. We were an average side that just clicked and had a great season which I think was the last of the Div 3 North and South. We went up from ours and Plymouth went up from the South. We both promptly were relegated the following season. But gates in the old Div 2 went right up even though we were getting stuffed regularly at home as well as away from home. It was then mediocre football for 3-4 seasons until Cliff Britton came as manager and was then handed the cash by Harold Needler through his issue of Hoveringham Gravel co shares. We were in midstream of the division and then in the November we shelled out £40000 to Mansfield Town for Waggy. First game, a 3-1 win over and he scored 2. By Xmas we started to fly. Gates were on the up and just after Xmas both Butler and Houghton signed from Rotherham, each for £40000. A new year gate exceeded 20000 and there was only one way and that was up. However, we just failed in our promotion bid but the following season was epic. Champions and FA Cup Qtr Finalists with fantastic gates. Boxing Day that season over 40000 against Millwall. We had one or two blips with a usual loss at home to York 1-4 followed by a 1-3 home defeat to QPR but we came out of it and carried on winning.
We started the following season in great form but we didn't make about 3 signings that would have made us championship winners. We lost 5-4 at Ipswich and things went up in the air. I think we finished a credible 5 or 6th. It was after Terry Neill disbanded that team when we started to go down hill slowly at first but then like a train. Gates started to go down and we never looked up again getting relegated over a period of time to Div 4 for the first time. Horton came on the scene and we had a promotion back to Div 3. Gates picked up but not to where they had been and then it was a slide back to Dive 4 and to the bottom of the league. I think back to just how bad things were but we knew, those of us still going, that there was nothing to look forward to so it was what we were used to. We were around 9-10 points adrift at Xmas and it was looking like relegation out of the Football League until the change of manager brought some hope. He cobbled together free transfers, journeymen footballers, cloggers the lot. However it happened I will never know but there was a spirit in that dressing room like no other. They clawed their way out of that situation to finish around 8th in the league. I may also say that all this time I had been travelling from Pompey and I remember that season I travelled all the way up for a Saturday game v Rochdale, again, went into the 3 Tunns and wondered where everyone was. The landlord informed me the game had been postponed at around 1130 so I said Id better get back to the station to return home. He lashed my up to a free pint for my trouble. The rest is history as Pearson eventually arrived after the false dawns and with it Peter Taylor and the new stadium. I will not talk about whats happened in the last 6 years as it breaks my heart and even more so because I felt so strongly that I decided with withdraw my support from these despicable people over 3 years ago when the final straw was the membership scheme, moving people out of their seats and no concessions. And it isn't finished yet by a long chalk with these two herberts.  

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13/09/2018 at 15:59

My first game was a cup game 63 v Leyton Orient who were a first division side the, why do I remember a winger called Malcom Musgrove against them,.As KK said the Everton game was different, Billy Wilkies header, place erupted.Standing in the North stand with my old man v Barnsley we won 7-0 ,the old man started taking to a chap near us he told us he was an Everton scout and was looking at Chris Chilton, young guy with him.Chap said he was an junior, my old man asked him his name... Colin Harvey!
Millwall game Boxing Day, Owls game Boxing Day 70 ,always stayed to the end 4-4 after trailing 4-1.
Losing 4-3 at home to Bournemouth,McSeveney and Chillo both missing penalties!Heartbreak of Stoke, last time I cried after a game.
Being thrown out against The Blunts for suggesting Currie should be stretchered off ,didn’t actually swear but Police reckon I did.
Same game v Owls trying to impress a girl how hard I was by staying on South Stand when Wednesday fans arrived early, got a good kicking.
Getting Alf Ramsey’s autograph at BP after they returned to BP from. 60minute game league of England v City, I was there at Springhead lane to witness City winning 2-1.
Bad times yes as well as good but always in my heart.
Left UK 87, back again for a couple of weeks am looking forward to the Ipswich game as they will always be Hull City for me.Will have to keep KK under control though! 

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14/09/2018 at 08:57

Stevewaggy, that Leyton Orient game in the cup was the most postponed tie ever. I cant remember how many time it was put off because of that dreadful winter in 63. The Barnsley game that you refer to was the first ever game played under those new lights, reckoned to be the best in Europe at the time. Interestingly enough, only four of the 6 pylons were actually in use that night but the place still lit up like daylight. 

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14/09/2018 at 09:25

Congratulations on your 9000th post, Sunny old bean.

On behalf of the forum and it's owners, I'd like to say thank you for your contributions over the years.

Best,


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14/09/2018 at 15:43

If a message like that doesn’t pull on heart strings, make chins quiver or heal broken wounds, I don’t know what will. 

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15/09/2018 at 11:04

i actually thought even in the years before moving to the KC, the atmosphere at BP was far in excess than anything that's being generated at the KC since, as a kid going to BP was far more exciting and dangerous and fun at times than the soulless bowl that is the KC.  

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15/09/2018 at 13:39

You’d have to ask yourself, how many times has the atmosphere really moved you at the KC.

Most of the Prem lads filled the away but but it wasn’t a daunting prospect.

Went to the Derby play off and all I did was shit in my pants in case we blew a three goal advantage. Apparently the Watford game was a decent bit of magic - I had to watch it on sky text so I couldn’t appreciate it.

1st Prem v Fulham must have been good too I guess. 

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15/09/2018 at 15:50

v Lokeren was pretty good and also the Slovakian team we played. 

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16/09/2018 at 11:14

Quote Quote by karlberg on 11/09/2018 at 09:18


Boothferry Park was a magical place after the Harold Needler investment in 1964. New stand, floodlights, gymnasium etc plus the three £40k signings which set the City alight and resulted in that memorable 1965/66 season. By the mid 70's we were on the decline and the ground suffered massively as a result. The biggest insult was seeing the North Stand demolished followed by the closure of the East Stand/Railway terrace. We'd lost the railway connection well before that too.
Although it was a dinosaur of a place even on its closure it was still the best sports ground in the city.
I would have loved to have been around when 40,000 plus were regulary turning up to see Carters team.
From my first game v Everton in 1964 I dont think i missed more than a handful of home games right up to the final game before we moved to the KC. By then Boothferry Park was a rusting relic. I walked out the place after the Darlington game without a second glance back.
I saw some great games and big crowds there, and a belly full of lower league shite along with the other 3,000 hardy souls.
Over riding memories of what could have been was the Chelsea replay in 66, the Millwall home game, Christmas 65 and a game not involving City. Sunderland v Leeds FA Cup replay about 68, the place rocked that night, it was a First Division venue then and no one could doubt that. Shame the old place never reached its full potential and was left to rot.



Same.

Walked out there, without a second glance back. A mate of mine actually stopped me moments before leaving saying he had to do something. He went to the front of the stand and gobbed on the pitch. Now I would never have done that (didn't think of it to be fair, but understood it) and walked out - like me.

I never saw the best of Boothferry Park in all honesty, it just seemed to decay season on season, so perhaps my judgement of the place is clouded. My first game was with my Dad late 70s, think it was a cup game against a team in white (Fulham or Leicester I believe) but it did compel me to come back - albeit in the mid 80s when I started going regularly on my own.

Think York at home (1984? Eek!) was my first game by myself and with mates; it was meant to be a promotion party from Division 3 to Division 2, but in 'typical City' fashion we lamely lost 0-2 in our final game of the season.

In truth that game summed up in a nutshell exactly what Boothferry Park was going to be for me until the day we left.

Bitter/Sweet.

But mostly bitter. 

Now then... 

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