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  1. The Leigh Limpet

    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    I'm sure in 67 when Man Utd won the league, their Stretford End were in the North Bank & basically took it through sheer numbers. Think it was in Bobby Charlton's autobiography, that he commented on that game & said every time he looked towards the North Bank, fans were getting taken out injured after continuous trouble throughout the game. Man U did the same in Arsenal's North Bank in 68 or 69, & no doubt in the Park Lane end. Sure I read somewhere that they all stood in the Shed once when we played them around this time?. First time I saw us at Upton Park was in 69 ( 0-0 ! ), remember walking past the South Bank after game, & heard the chanting of 'Chel-sea' etc as our lot were coming down the stairs, probably with D.H at the front. No idea if anything happened, as more interested in joining the massive queue, to get into Upton Park station
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    If my ageing memory is correct, around 1970 West Ham were the first London team to have a mob behind each goal. Their South Bank one being the Mile End firm, most of whom were blokes older than the average age of the majority of us back then, which made a lot of difference. In 72 & 73 their tactic was to enter the Shed, keep quiet until around 2.30pm, then out came the scarves & havoc ensued. Re Upton Park, there were stories back in 70 & 71, unconfirmed, that Arsenal went into the North Bank once, and Spurs ( when Ronny Parish from Bethnal Green was their 'main man') as well?. Previously I've given a report on here, when in 71 a large mob from Stockwell steamed the North Bank ( watched it happen from the South Bank! ), then got run out. Tottenham did the same in 76 with the same fate. As you correctly comment, it wasn't until the early 80's that us & the 2 North London teams, started going there in numbers ( new generation! ). Without a doubt, Upton Park was a ground in the 70's that if you went there following your team, you never felt comfortable, & were always looking over your shoulder. Outside of London, i'd say the pecking order for London's main teams late 70's early 80's 'putting on a show' were us, Spurs, & West Ham / Arsenal joint last. An example of how the whole situation has changed over the decades, was back in 96 took my Southend Utd supporting sons to West Ham to see them in the F.A Cup (one also is a CFC fan ). They had Southend Utd tops on, we went in the Queens pub next door to Upton park station, no problem. Back in the 70's if that game had happened, no way would I have let them wear their tops, let alone think of going into The Queens pub!.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    My local Off Licence recently started selling it, hadn't seen it for couple of decades, it's now in blue tins. 5% strength, £1 per 500ml tin.
  4. Told you so!!!!. Up the Chels.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    I was there & his goal def was something special, scored at The North Stand end IIRR.
  6. Go back to last seasons final, all the media thought we had to do was to turn up at the Stadium & we'd beat Le Arse comfortably. Even most of their fans thought they'd lose, after their poor season 'run in'. Come the day, alas we didn't turn up, & could easily have got beaten by 4 or 5 goals. Yep, agree that Jose is a man who knows how to win a cup final, but as Jimmy Greaves stated 'football, it's a funny old game'. Might be down to my brain cells dwindling by the day, but i'm quietly confident.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Can recognise Bab's near the front, but more interesting is if you look about 3" to the left. There's a bloke on the terrace, with his legs up in the air, one on the barrier!. How the f*** he got in that position, guess we're never know?.
  8. The Leigh Limpet

    Chelsea V West Ham (PL) Sun 8th Apr 16:30 UK

    Would love to be a 'fly on the wall', when he gives his F.A. Cup Final pre game motivation speech to the team!.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Went to the away games up there in 2003, 2004 seasons, one was on a sunday. We won 2-1 on the sunday one, and drew 1-1 on the Saturday game ( I think). Never seen so many ugly women in a town in my life, total hounds!. We've all seen massive guys from other clubs over the years, but up there, they took 1st prize. Was in a pub opp the station pre game at the bar, this bloke walked up to get a beer, and was like a barn door. Barmaid came over, asked who was next, I nodded that he was!!.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Whenever I see these celebrations, I think in later life they will regret having done that. They will suffer mega problems in their kneecaps.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Only difference from today, is there are no massive pot holes in the road!.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Technically not Chelsea related, but am sure some 'old un's' like myself will recall him. Heard that Bill Gardner ( ICF etc ) in poor health, saw a recent pic of him, he looks 80. Must only be mid 60's if that.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Ironically that was probably their best period, between 74-77 when in old 2nd Div.
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    Vintage Blues pictures and film

    Forest were another one, back in their hey-day. Outside their Midlands derbies, their support was abysmal for what they achieved in that period.
  15. So all roads lead to Wembley for the F.A. Cup final this season?.

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