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  1. Totally agree with both Brian Close and Fire in Babylon. Jeff Thomson was generally rated as quicker, yet according to Boycott, Holding at his peak was only marginally slower but able to bowl for longer spells. Re Thomson who was another hero of mine, everyone thought the javelin bowling action would be the way forward after he arrived on the scene, but pretty much no one has replicated his action because you have to be a physical freak to bend your back and get your left foot so high the way he was able to. This is making me feel very nostalgic. Summer holidays playing cricket with schoolmates in someone’s back garden. Happy Days
  2. Absolutely love the guy. Without question my all time sporting hero. First thing I’d did when I came home from school was stick on ceefax to see how he’d done. Was lucky enough to not be working the day of his ODI 189 not out at Old Trafford in 84. The best innings I’ve ever seen ( on telly) Used to love the way he would effortlessly launch good length and wicket line balls over long leg- playing across the line. Completely unique. On a sour note he cost me my first brush with the law. I got stopped on me fizzy going down a one way street by OB. Had on me a copy of his first biography written with Paul Foot I’d just chored from Sutton Library. They realised it hadn’t been checked out so received a £20 fine for theft of a library book. It was a paper back and only cost about £2.50 new. Made the local paper; also in the paper that week was an old school mate who only got a £25.00 fine for smashing up a police car. I saw him doing a questions and answers session at Fairfield Halls about 15 years back. Went with a Glamorgan old Welsh work mate and his old man; their surname was also Richards. Viv signed their book at the end, and realised they had the same name. Viv to grisselled ex Welsh MIner “ I might be your son” Welsh ex Miner “ I doubt that very much””
  3. It didn’t cover much of the terrace the Shed roof, but better I suppose than the Holmesdale, the Hillsborough Kop, the Gallogate and others which offered no protection from the elements to home fans. It must have been a bit of a slap in the face to supporters of these teams- the clubs thought that much of them that it was OK for them to get pissy wet. It couldn’t have cost that much to put on rudimentary roofs? Been mentioned before, but I think the wettest I’ve been at foootball was in the Holmesdsle for the league cup game early/ mid 90s. Absolute farce of a game
  4. I remember the Speedy outfit sponsoring David Speedie. Memory playing tricks but I always thought it was Wasn’t it Speedy Skip Hire for a while? Theyre a very big outfit now Speedy if it’s part of the same group
  5. Frido used to make the plastic black and white balls with players autographs on the panels. They used to swerve in the opposite direction to leather balls. Sondico made cheap leather footballs- they still do now 45 odd years later. No protective coating so used used to apply Chelsea Dubbin( Can you still get Chelsea Dubbin)? Dont remember any other clubs being immortalised with their own waterproof wax Tranmere Rovers Dubbin?.......Naaaaah
  6. Never got into subbuteo. Striker was good until the players heads fell off when you bashed them too hard. Used to get the old man to glue them back on, but that was only a temporary fix. Edit: Just looked online. The second generation was Super Striker which featured diving goalkeepers. Completely forgotten about that. Bit off topic but used to love having indoor Kick about’s with me brothers using semi deflated balloons. The front door was the goal
  7. Millwall played a pre season friendly against Tunbridge Wells in the early 80s which made the papers due to fighting with local Chelsea fans ( SH and Co) People talk about the Sunderland and Boro disorder at home, but the most fighting I’ve seen around the ground was definately Millwall in 95, which carried on all the way to Whitechapel High St at 11.30 at night
  8. Suffered bomb damage during the war and never reopened. I remember in the 70s and 80s before passenger trains were put back on the line, you'd see a rattler going past the back of the East Stand hauling carriage after carriage of aggregate; massive long thing that would take ages to go past. It was more interesting to watch than some of the dross football being served up.
  9. Many years back I watched Sutton Utd play at Gander Green Lane. They had a pitch side advertising hoarding which read TODAYS MATCH IS SPONSORED BY SPAGHETTI HOUSE RESTAURANTS. The sign must have been sh*ttily made in two pieces; a player collided with it and it split in half, leaving TODAYS MATCH IS SPONSORED BY SPAGHETTI for most of the game
  10. Bottom pic front middle the bloke with the stripey shirt looks like JM of MacIntyre fame. We used to take thousands to Europe when there was a novelty factor to it
  11. I went to the 83 one. New Years Day or thereabouts. Lots of Deerstalker hats I remember for some reason. Almost got my head panned in up there by a loony with a ponytail late season 95?
  12. Was walking down Fulham Broadway in 1980 when a mate who was more clued up than me pointed him out as the new top boy. That Marseille game they gave us a V Shape open terrace in the corner. Thought we made a lot of noise seeing as there was no roof. It went off down the front with OB which made the Standard the next day. Got a coach back to Nice which took forever. Was talking on the way back with a Wolves fan who went out there looking for a bit of aggro because he got battered out there the previous year in the World Cup, which didn’t make a lot of sense
  13. Wonder what Doug the Thug looks like now? He was missing a couple of teeth, don’t know whether it was gum disease or someone’s elbow in his mush
  14. Great pic. Difficult to date but 85’s my guess. Nice Cavalier in the background. I had a 4 door saloon in dark red and me brother had a harvest gold hatchback. Both parked on the same drive and both leaved oil.
  15. Chelsea legend, Rhani “ Chopper “ Harris, and Six Million Steps. Very talented man.
  16. Tom Finney, by many more lauded than Stanley Matthews,one of the greatest players in the world at the time, used to top up his meagre wages with plumbing work. Garincha got the groovy moniker of “little bird”, Eusebio’s the Black Pearl, and he’s the flaming poor old Preston Plumber.
  17. I know he used to rent some space off Chelsea supporting Romany Gypsy mates of mine in Culvert Road Battersea. Thought he was in the motor trade at the time but might be wrong.
  18. Just looking at big Micky Droy going for a header there got me thinking, has he been back to the Bridge since he stopped playing? Tremendous servant in mostly a crap side for many years, if he was introduced to the crowd he’d get a hell of a reception.
  19. I don’t think Hazard was great getting up and down the pitch but he could open a tin of baked beans with his left foot. Pains me to say but Spurs had a top midfield with him, Hoddle, Ardiles, Villa, Perryman etc
  20. Strange how Colin Lee, an ex Spurs player was accepted by Chelsea fans, yet Mark Falco around the same time wasn’t. Falco got the worst reception I’ve ever seen at Rotherham in 82
  21. A good mate who went on to play for Sutton Utd including the Cup win against Coventry played for Wimbledon Youth Team. Several times I watched him play South East Counties- Against Millwall John Fashunu looked a handful at 16, against us the only player that made the grade I can remember was Keith Jones who I played against several times. Of our gang and we’re still mates today Paul Rogers went on to play for Sheffield Utd and Stuart Massey Palace and Oxford; both played semi pro before going full time. I saw them play in a friendly against Spurs at Gander Green Lane and Ardiles really looked a class above. He used to run with his elbows out and no one got near him. Spent a couple of years playing Senior Level including a year for Corinthian Casuals. Some years I played Saturdays, some years it was watching Chelsea, but back then with games getting called off all the time plus suspensions always saw the Blues a good bit. Sunday football I’m sure we all played, normally with a raging hangover.
  22. Good sweeper. Like Glenn Hoddle with pace. Went to the 88 Euros. Kenny Sampson was trying to mark him. Ruud time after time kicked the ball beyond him and streaked away. Bumped into Ken Bates on the way back from the 98 Super Cup in Monaco. Bates said to us along the lines of “ I see Gullit’s gone to Newcastle. They’re welcome to him.”
  23. I’m working in Clapham at the moment. Like pretty much all of London the demographics have changed massively since the 80s; not too much white working class remaining. Agree it would have been a Chelsea manor, though not too easy to get to the Bridge unless there’s a sneaky bus route I’m unaware of. I see they’ve been running repeats of 70s drama Fox, set in Clapham, starring the bloke who played Harry Grout on Porridge and a young Ray Winstone. Edit: Streatham up the road was mostly Chelsea with pockets of Palace- very easy to get the rattler to Selhurst from there.
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