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Jun 18, 2016, 11:42 AM
The most poignant programme in my collection is probably for Eoin Hand's Testimonial on Wednesday 18th April 1979, Portsmouth v. Eire at Fratton Park. Aged 10, I watched that match from the wooden seats in the North Stand and at some point in the match spilt a cup of Bovril over the programme (just a single glossy sheet of A4 listing the teams, coloured black and white with a bit of green). To this day, that programme still holds the smell of Bovril and damp wood that soaked into it. I've few other possessions that bring back memories of a time and place as powerfully as smelling that programme today.
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As for the match itself: unlike testimonials today (which are all-too-often populated with players from boy-bands or television talent-shows), this one was treated like a proper full-on competitive match (there was a more laid-back Pompey Old Boys v. Saints Old Boys played beforehand), with both Pompey and Eire played their full first-choice line-up, and Eire coming back from two-down to draw 2-2. Liam Brady play a blinder, just as he would do 24 days later in the 1979 FA Cup Final.
(This post was edited by oxpete on Jun 18, 2016, 11:43 AM)