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56 minutes ago, Boyne said:

I was in the MHU that night and had a great view of Hughes' goal. As soon as he hit it you knew it was going in. A great header by Zola as well. As you say, the atmosphere was brilliant.

I was in a club before a game at Wembley ( I can't remember which game). The club was Chelsea only and Tommy Baldwin was there. His song was sung and a big smile appeared on Tommy's face.

The TB chant has got to be one of my most favorite chelsea chants along with the ‘’ we all went to Wembley a crowd of supporters all happy and gay ,when man utd beat Benfica by four goals to one ................. epic of a chant . 
 

i recall a game at notts Forest yonks back ,i think it was a division one game and i think Steve clark made his debut if that helps > cant recall the score only that we played in blue and Forest played in red and i was sat in the lower section of that big stand that ran along the side of the pitch >  my memory is a tad rusty now but it was  either Steve clarks ,girlfriend,wife or mum was sat direct infront of us . 
 

recall drinking in a pub before the game ,i was there with a donnywhite at 11 bells and the pub was rammed by 11:30 after no end if taxis kept on off loading . Think the pub was called The Lady or Lady bay ,it was not in the city  centre of Nottingham hence all the taxis dropping off ,but there was a massive sports field behind the pub and iam sure we all walked to the ground when time to go > which inturn impressed the donnywhite lad .

this also sticks in my memory that Cathy walked into the pub and she was passing out A4 Pages of nothing but chelsea chants ,siad donnywhite had some Pages since he was over joyed when i clocked the man utd chant against Benfica and comming down to chelsea in 75 .

 

but to this day i cant recall the score of said game ,my guess is that chelsea got beat ?

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18 hours ago, ddrblue said:

Yes doncaster rovers 7 reading 5 and dixon got 4 for reading . When he brought the donny team into the local pub for a race night which helped bring in money for DRFC and the players were used as staff selling the bets on whatever horses , i was sat having a few ales with Kerry and he mentioned that 4 goal game in question 

I've met him a couple of times at MK events, and never found him to be anything less than completely genuine, one of us. 

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4 hours ago, Andy North said:

I could easily be proven wrong but I think Mark Hughes was the best Utd player we ever bought. Maybe I should rephrase that by saying he was the most effective player we ever bought from Utd. He was immense in his hold up play and scored some real screamers. 

The crowd loved him and even developed a Manc accent when they chanted "Hugheseh, Hugheseh, Hugheseh".

I remember when Veron signed and scored that goal against Liverpool at Anfield. I thought we had bought a real gem but he only made 7 starts and fell away with injuries. Perhaps one of the worst signings ever.

Is there a duality with Utd? I think we have similar feelings about how our respective teams should play. Both clubs are glamour clubs and going back to Besty they have a reputation for playing open attacking football. They even had a spell in the old second division around the time of our dodgy spell. There are also links with 3 Chelsea managers going on to manage Utd.

Hope we stuff them this weekend.

 

We were all singing the Hughesy chant in Stockholm when we were struggling to create anything up front, then Luca sent Zola on...and the rest you know.

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On 19/10/2020 at 21:22, ddrblue said:

The NF tried its upmost to gain Numbers to join it ranks from SB on matchdays by having quite a few NF members selling the bulldog outside Fulham Broadway and down Fulham Road to the ground . I would buy the bulldog for sole purpose that it had a hooligan chart on the very back page >  iam sure many others bought it for same reason and chelsea was allways at the top of it ,i never really took much notice of the other parts of the paper .

What the NF failed to do was to Get untold chelsea fans attending any march that the NF planed in London area > there was many 1000s of fans at stamford bridge on any given saturdays ,and the NF could only pull 200/300 from all its network on any given London march > hence to say hoards from the chelsea matchday crowd was not attending NF march days .

i never ever really heard or felt there was any sort of NF grooming going on at chelsea games ,there was the racial treatment that Paul Cavonille got from quite a few chelsea fans at Grimsby away game ,and i recall an away game in London Palace i think and we was all on the station after the game and i herad one chap chant ‘’ i dont like darkies who does ‘’ > there was no reaction to the chant as in for or against it as everyone just kept on milling about on the platform .

i dont ever recall chelsea fans throwing bannas onto the pitch at black players which happened at lpool,Everton and westham . 
 

on a side note  and differnt matter ,i cant recall where i got this info from either fellow chelsea fans or a News item > the Iran embassy seige was in its whatever day and Hickmot got a group of chelsea lads one saturday to nip off to said embassy to offer their services ? Can somebody please help me out with this one ? 
 

 

 

Yep, I remember the embassy thing, not too sure they actually got there. Just fancied a punch up with the leftist groups supporting the terrorists

Also the day an IRA bomb went off (Harrods?) whole ground was chanting smash the IRA stuff

Bit like when the Falklands was invaded, some chaos in the Palmerston were talking about hiring a boat and popping down there, then someone told them how far it was. Idea dropped and another round at the bar 😂

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2 hours ago, Shug said:

Yep, I remember the embassy thing, not too sure they actually got there. Just fancied a punch up with the leftist groups supporting the terrorists

Also the day an IRA bomb went off (Harrods?) whole ground was chanting smash the IRA stuff

Bit like when the Falklands was invaded, some chaos in the Palmerston were talking about hiring a boat and popping down there, then someone told them how far it was. Idea dropped and another round at the bar 😂

Thats how i recall following England as every other chant was against the ira > would you like a chicken supper bobby Sands ............... and no surrender to the ira ................. and the only two tunes i could play ........... the mind set following England back then was 2 nd to none > rule number one on away trips in whatever city never drink in a Irish pub ,now all the glow worms today make it the only pub they will drink is whatever  

european citys Irish bar .  I recall one day walking into a bar in oslo called Queens pub with 20 + chelsea the night before the game .bar was split up via a type of screen and in the other side it turned out to be a monthly meeting of the local Irish society > Word got back to us what was happening on other side of screen and the look of shock on the local Irish halfwits was pure class when boover got up on the mic to chant would you like a chicken supper bobby Sands as rest of us joined in .

Thats when loads of chelsea would follow England since the team never played in Europe ,great times might i add and some great chaps on those  England trips 

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5 hours ago, Shug said:

And we had most of the riverside stand that day too

Couple of mates who are Fulham, only said last year when I met up with them, never scene support like it, they also remember later on that season, walking away from craven cottage after playing Newcastle passing a few hundred Chelsea walking towards Craven Cottage, going to say hello to the Geordies, we were home the same day

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14 hours ago, Shug said:

Also the day an IRA bomb went off (Harrods?) whole ground was chanting smash the IRA stuff

I was working on Hans Crescent when that went off. It was devastating. I'd just got back from the Midnight Shop on Brompton Road when I heard it. I was in the back of the building but the front windows were all blown in. Not as bad as the Hyde Park horror though.

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On 20/10/2020 at 13:04, F1905 said:

Add me to the nearly formed   i never knew that about Tommy Baldwin    club... cheers Stretford

can i add I enjoy your posts ,i know youve been posting for a while but pleasure to read your take on old skool man u and cfc 

My abiding memory of Tommy Baldwin was the day we took a new lad from school for his first United game. It was in August 1968 against Chelsea at home and we lost 0-4. Tommy Baldwin, who used to love playing against use, scored twice and Tambling, and I think, Alan Birchenall, the others. That was a depressing ride home on the bus but four days later, he turned up again for the Spurs game which we won 3-1. A few days later we lost 4-5 at Hillsborough in one of the weirdest games I can remember from those days.

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Ddr......the bobby sands one brings back many memorys. Before Rangers Chelsea had a link with Hearts in Scotland. Again for political reasons, anyway Remember these two Hearts fans singing for ever and ever about what supper the Finnian.......... Was going to have.

 

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7 hours ago, Londons Finest said:

Ddr......the bobby sands one brings back many memorys. Before Rangers Chelsea had a link with Hearts in Scotland. Again for political reasons, anyway Remember these two Hearts fans singing for ever and ever about what supper the Finnian.......... Was going to have.

 

LF when you mention the Hearts lot it takes me back to a chelsea CL game which i think was the Anderletch game or was it the Werder bremmen game ,whichever game it was after the game i was on the local train station and was talking to a few hearts lads  there was about 20 of them and some right big lumps amongst them > one of our lot from the ddr had moved upto edinbrugh and was running with the Hearts mob and they all only had good remarks on him  since he brought with him his gamming machine robbing skills .The more i think about it iam sure its the Werder Bremmen game since we was all heading back to Hamburg .

 

 

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10 hours ago, Stretford Ender said:

😉

Willie Morgan in the background. You'd think a Scotsman would know that one of their greatest-ever players had only one N in his name.

I broke the rules and went to Fulham v Utd at Craven cottage in 1974 with some Utd mates. It was the first non-Chelsea match I ever went to. Willie Morgan played that day and the fans loved him. He opened Fulham up and Stuart Pearson scored both goals. Utd had a huge away following when they were in the old 2nd division and there must have been over 5,000 there that day.

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1 hour ago, Andy North said:

I broke the rules and went to Fulham v Utd at Craven cottage in 1974 with some Utd mates. It was the first non-Chelsea match I ever went to. Willie Morgan played that day and the fans loved him. He opened Fulham up and Stuart Pearson scored both goals. Utd had a huge away following when they were in the old 2nd division and there must have been over 5,000 there that day.

Breaking the rules as you put it AN ,Stuttgart v Leeds played at the nou camp Barcelona due to ze germans putting on a sub who was a non german player in the Leeds v Stuttgart game which inturn broke the no more than 3 non Home national player rule ,hence the game was played at the nou camp . 
 

went with a couple of donnywhites just for the piss up more than owt . Was sat in a bar full of Leeds  night before game on the ramblas must have been 30+ dirty Leeds Leeds Leeds in it and they all started to chant that bastard chant of theirs > when  i asked my mamma what shall it be shall it be Leeds shall it be chelsea this is what she said to me ,go pass me yer fathers GUN and shoot the chelsea scum >  i was just sat there tight lipped with a look of diss comfort as my chelsea connections was only known by the two donnywhites present . Looking so out of joint whilst trying to look all things Leeds must have been showing up on me since after the chant one of the mob stood over me and said ‘’ your chelsea arent you ‘’   > ‘’ did it show that much was my answer ‘’  i did not know what to expect next but was quite chuffed when the chap replied with ‘’ dont worry iam VILLA ‘’ 

broke said rule a 2nd time when Leeds was playing millwall at elland Road ,but this time no end of donnywhites dragged me along and i would not have to buy a drink all day etc etc . This was late 1980s i think and i do recall been stood outside ER at back of the stands and there was a bad atmosphere with 100s of dirty Leeds lads all milling about ,i was not in the loop so did not have a clue what was going on . 
 

It seems that millwall coaches was dropping off yonder over what looked like waste land to be escorted in by Police ,every time went to Leeds v chelsea i did the Inter city 125 with untold chelsea ,i thought the millwall appproach was Odd and different . Police then escort in 50+ millwall with aid of Police horses and Police on foot ,i have never seen so few protected by in my book not enough officers and it smelt ofva West yorks Police stitch up to me as no end of Leeds were getting nicked after over stepping whatever line the police drew ,millwall did not look comfortable at all and rightly so might i add . Dont think i have ever witnessed such pure hate at the football to this extent ,which allways sat with me whenever i went to a Leeds v chelsea game afterwards .

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31 minutes ago, ddrblue said:

It seems that millwall coaches was dropping off yonder over what looked like waste land to be escorted in by Police ,every time went to Leeds v chelsea i did the Inter city 125 with untold chelsea ,i thought the millwall appproach was Odd and different . Police then escort in 50+ millwall with aid of Police horses and Police on foot ,i have never seen so few protected by in my book not enough officers and it smelt ofva West yorks Police stitch up to me as no end of Leeds were getting nicked after over stepping whatever line the police drew ,millwall did not look comfortable at all and rightly so might i add . Dont think i have ever witnessed such pure hate at the football to this extent ,which allways sat with me whenever i went to a Leeds v chelsea game afterwards .

A number of Chelsea fans said that down in Bristol in the FA Cup when we got trounced 3-1 in 1990. They said the local police let Bristol fans pelt them with bottles and other projectiles yet when they went to retaliate the police suddenly stepped in.  Still at match end dozens charged the locked gates with their shoulders and surprisingly brought the iron gates down, then the thin blue line stepped back and drew their truncheons.

I looked behind to see thousands moving towards the now open gates and didn't think the police would stand and then saw the BBC cameras on a huge crane swivel around to focus on the away fans making their exit. The police quickly got the order to withdraw.

The chaps on our coach all came back with digs and scratches on their faces and on my next away match going away I was going with a different crowd on the club train specials and was intrigued to see everyone being filmed by the police on getting on the club train.

 

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1 hour ago, Strider6003 said:

A number of Chelsea fans said that down in Bristol in the FA Cup when we got trounced 3-1 in 1990. They said the local police let Bristol fans pelt them with bottles and other projectiles yet when they went to retaliate the police suddenly stepped in.  Still at match end dozens charged the locked gates with their shoulders and surprisingly brought the iron gates down, then the thin blue line stepped back and drew their truncheons.

I looked behind to see thousands moving towards the now open gates and didn't think the police would stand and then saw the BBC cameras on a huge crane swivel around to focus on the away fans making their exit. The police quickly got the order to withdraw.

The chaps on our coach all came back with digs and scratches on their faces and on my next away match going away I was going with a different crowd on the club train specials and was intrigued to see everyone being filmed by the police on getting on the club train.

 

Sounds like St. Etienne in 1977 when Dave Sexton managed us. There was a bread strike in England so their mob pelted us with stale loaves, then bottles, then all kinds of stuff. I don't think they anticipated the response they got but it was mayhem. The local police were happy to let us be on the receiving end but when the retaliation began, the gloves came off. It ended up with us being kicked out of the competition. The British press, as usual, backed the French and published one-sided stories. Anyway, we managed to get reinstated on the condition we played the home leg 300 miles away from Manchester, so we decamped for Plymouth. It really was a low key affair and we ended up winning the tie. There was a bunch of Royal Marines that turned up hoping the French would bring a crew but nothing happened.

 

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8 minutes ago, Stretford Ender said:

Sounds like St. Etienne in 1977 when Dave Sexton managed us. There was a bread strike in England so their mob pelted us with stale loaves, then bottles, then all kinds of stuff. I don't think they anticipated the response they got but it was mayhem. The local police were happy to let us be on the receiving end but when the retaliation began, the gloves came off. It ended up with us being kicked out of the competition. The British press, as usual, backed the French and published one-sided stories. Anyway, we managed to get reinstated on the condition we played the home leg 300 miles away from Manchester, so we decamped for Plymouth. It really was a low key affair and we ended up winning the tie. There was a bunch of Royal Marines that turned up hoping the French would bring a crew but nothing happened.

That's interesting as it was pre-Thatcher which suggest the press have always been after a cheap story fitting their prejudices with regards football fans.

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