Non League Matters - The Continuation of Tonys english Football Site 

  Main Index MAIN
Search Posts SEARCH
Who's Online WHO'S
Log in LOG

Home: Ground Hopping & Programmes: Programme Editing & Collecting: Re: [London Harrier] The most important, poignant or personal programmes in your collection?: Edit Log

Chelsea Transfer Target

Jun 18, 2016, 11:42 AM

Posts: 4473
Location: Oxford
Team(s): Pompey

Views: 5692
Re: [London Harrier] The most important, poignant or personal programmes in your collection? or Reply Privately

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.

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)

Edit Log:
Post edited by oxpete (Chelsea Transfer Target) on Jun 18, 2016, 11:43 AM

free hit counters

Search for (options) HOSTED BY SUMMIT SOCCER v.1.2.3