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Did any of you ever visit the record stores on Fulham Road before/after home games? I remember there were 2 right where Fulham Rd. turned towards Putney after Fulham Broadway Station. One was called "At the Hop" and specialised in 45's from the 50's/60's although they also had a decent collection of soul, ska, and reggae, and even some modern stuff. Then over the road there was Broadway Records which was right where North End Rd. met Fulham Rd. They always used to have all the new releases way cheaper than regular stores and I did note that most of the vinyl said "Promotional Copy. Not for resale" :). The owner was a Chelsea fan and there were usually quite a few Blues in there talking about the game on match days. I remember they eventually moved to a bigger location on Dawes Rd. before finally relocating to the Soho area. I still loyally used to visit them there and buy a few CD's when I could.

Just curious to see if anybody else on here ever went in those stores. I may as well expand this thread to include memories of other stores in the Stamford Bridge area.

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Did any of you ever visit the record stores on Fulham Road before/after home games? I remember there were 2 right where Fulham Rd. turned towards Putney after Fulham Broadway Station. One was called "At the Hop" and specialised in 45's from the 50's/60's although they also had a decent collection of soul, ska, and reggae, and even some modern stuff. Then over the road there was Broadway Records which was right where North End Rd. met Fulham Rd. They always used to have all the new releases way cheaper than regular stores and I did note that most of the vinyl said "Promotional Copy. Not for resale" :). The owner was a Chelsea fan and there were usually quite a few Blues in there talking about the game on match days. I remember they eventually moved to a bigger location on Dawes Rd. before finally relocating to the Soho area. I still loyally used to visit them there and buy a few CD's when I could.

Just curious to see if anybody else on here ever went in those stores. I may as well expand this thread to include memories of other stores in the Stamford Bridge area.

The Beggars Banquet label had a shop on North End Road, close to where the chippy and KFC are now and was a goldmine of indy/punk records.

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At The Hop was a great shop for vinyl bootlegs too. I used to call in there every couple of Fridays on the way home from work and blow my wages on the latest live Buzzcocks, Pistols or Clash record he may have had in (all under the counter and only sold to regulars). There was another shop further down Fulham Road opposite the hospital run by a hippy looking bloke, we were regulars in there going in most evenings when one day he whispered to us he had five copies of a Pistols boot called 'Indecent Exposure' and he had to get rid of them quickly as he'd get killed if someone found out he was selling them. £5 each, I had to shoot home and raid my savings I just had to have it, first boot I ever bought to and smuggling it home (the cover had a picture of a cock with a ring and chain through it). Being caught in possession of a bootleg in those days was akin to being caught in possession of a class A drug today.

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At The Hop was a great shop for vinyl bootlegs too. I used to call in there every couple of Fridays on the way home from work and blow my wages on the latest live Buzzcocks, Pistols or Clash record he may have had in (all under the counter and only sold to regulars). There was another shop further down Fulham Road opposite the hospital run by a hippy looking bloke, we were regulars in there going in most evenings when one day he whispered to us he had five copies of a Pistols boot called 'Indecent Exposure' and he had to get rid of them quickly as he'd get killed if someone found out he was selling them. £5 each, I had to shoot home and raid my savings I just had to have it, first boot I ever bought to and smuggling it home (the cover had a picture of a cock with a ring and chain through it). Being caught in possession of a bootleg in those days was akin to being caught in possession of a class A drug today.

Thanks for reminding me about those bootlegs. I totally forgot :). The record shop up by the hospital was called Raven Records I think. I'm pretty sure they had some sort of policy where you got a free record when you bought a certain number there. Does that ring a bell?

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The Beggars Banquet label had a shop on North End Road, close to where the chippy and KFC are now and was a goldmine of indy/punk records.

I remember that too. I think they ended up relocating to Putney right by the White Lion.

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Thanks for reminding me about those bootlegs. I totally forgot :). The record shop up by the hospital was called Raven Records I think. I'm pretty sure they had some sort of policy where you got a free record when you bought a certain number there. Does that ring a bell?

Raven, that's it. I don't know about the free records though, never happened to me! Beggars had a shop in Putney in a side street on the left just before the hill by East Putney Station and another in the road opposite the Earls Court Road Station entrance. There was short lived shop in West Kensington too in a side street opposite the Nashville, where I picked up some really cheap early American hardcore punk records. Funny how those days there were loads of records shops, Our Price were everywhere they had a few in Kensington including the one in the High Street where Blondie made an appearance and the crowd was across the road, I couldn't get near. Their shop in Putney High Street was good for punk records too.

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  • 5 months later...

I worked in 'At The Hop' late seventies/early eighties on a Saturday.

Blew all my wages on bootlegs at the time.

I could hear the roar of the crowd from the shop and just had to jack it in 'cos i was missing too many games. (It's in the blood).

There was another record shop across the road and I remember Beggars Banquet well.

Record & Tape in Notting Hill was another haunt. Saturdays were just great. Really miss it.

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I remember the cafe by Fulham Broadway station, and the Chelsea Supporters Club shop opposite, where I used to spend ages deciding which old programmes to buy - good days. Other than that, the only businesses I was interested in on match day were the boozers, when I was older.

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I remember the cafe by Fulham Broadway station, and the Chelsea Supporters Club shop opposite, where I used to spend ages deciding which old programmes to buy - good days. Other than that, the only businesses I was interested in on match day were the boozers, when I was older.

I bought my first Chelsea shirt in that Chelsea Supporters Club shop. It was tiny with just a wooden counter. Compare that to today's megastore.
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 I used to go to At The Hop around the late 80s, used to collect old instrumental Surf Music before Tarantino made it popular again and they had some real rare stuff in there. Used to nip in after the game mind you as you didnt want to bust a thirty quid album in a crowd surge.

Dick Dale and the deltones ,The  Lively Ones, The Challengers, etc  What was it that cost 30 nicker

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as a nipper I used to love going into the old supporters club shop ,it was just one of those places that as a 12 year old  felt right , it smelt right ,it was always a squeeze in there and yet little mites like me always got served- it was just another place that made a day trip to stamford bridge so special for me ….

 

It was where I brought such wonderful and yet in hindsight rather strange CFC merchandise such as Plastic pen holders , round china football piggy banks with the CFC crest stuck on ,silk scarves with the players’ names written down the side in traditional  blue and white and also the wonderful  green red and white  ,woollen scarves with big plastic crests on both ends that melted if you ironed them  (yes I used to wash and iron scarves for some reason !),plastic figures of players,pens with a mysterious and unrecognisable CFC footballer on the side,pendants of all sizes and styles,coffer badges ,special binders to hold my programmes in,year books ,I could go on and on ..


 

The great thing as a near 50 year old is I still occasionally get the box down from the loft and go through the stuff and instantly I transported back in time to a wonderful place  

 

then of course I would leave  the shop ,walk straight into a pile of horse sh*te that covered the road ,go to see a mid 70’s nil nil draw and think life can’t get any better


 

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I remember the cafe by Fulham Broadway station, and the Chelsea Supporters Club shop opposite, where I used to spend ages deciding which old programmes to buy - good days. Other than that, the only businesses I was interested in on match day were the boozers, when I was older.

I used to go in that cafe too.....Many a cold morn having brekkie awaiting the old supporters club coach

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I picked up the Marketts Surfers Stomp from there for about thirty quid plus one of the Surfaris Lps (Fun City USA I think) from there and an early Jan and Dean LP before their Surf AStuff. Great little shop it was and added to the whole matchday experience no end.

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