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Tykeoldboy
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Belle Vue Doncaster Rovers
Wembley Stadium Schoolboy international
Old Trafford Man Utd
Goodison Park Everton
Oakwell Barnsley
Elland Road FA Cup Semi Final Replay

I think that is correct, it was a long time ago. The first game I went to was Doncaster Rovers v Aston Villa (Div 3) at Belle Vue in 1971. Last match I saw at Belle Vue was Doncaster Rovers v Aston Villa (League Cup) in 2005.


I'll put some scores to some of these games

1971 Doncaster Rovers 2 Aston Villa 1 (D3)
1978 Man Utd 1 Watford 2 (LC)
1980 Everton 5 Wrexham 2 (FAC)
1980 West Ham 2 Everton 1 (FAC SF)
1981 Barnsley 1 Enfield 1 (FAC)

I can't remember much of the game at Wembley in 1972, I was only a nipper and it was a trip from School.



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Crown Meadow - Lowestoft Town
Carrow Road. - Norwich City
Portman Road.- Ipswich Town
Wembley. - England v W.Germany (Schoolboy Int)
Abbey Stadium - Cambridge United
Brisbane Rd. - Leyton Orient

All in the early sixties as a 11-13 year old.


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1. Portman Road, Ipswich 2 Portsmouth 2 sometime in the 1991/92 season.

2. Priory Stadium, Sudbury Town, probably around 1993 or 1994. No idea who the opponents were.

3. The Den, Milwall 2 Ipswich 0 (or maybe 1-0), sometime in the 1995-96 season. The only time I ever skipped school

4. Layer Road, Sudbury v Brentford in the 1996-97 FA Cup

5. Brisbane Road, no idea when probably my third most-visited ground after Ipswich and Sudbury as my best mate from school is an Orient fan.

6. Madjeski Stadium, sometime before Christmas in 1998-99, midweek game (possibly against Wigan) - went to uni there and the chef in my halls used to give out free tickets every few weeks.

[edited as I missed out Layer Road]


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PaulC
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I've absolutely no idea. It was well over half a century ago,


pinewoodste
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18 Dec 1976: Portman Road, Ipswich: Ipswich Town v Derby County (0-0, Div 1, Att: 23,234)
15 Apr 1977: Layer Road, Colchester: Colchester Utd v Doncaster Rovers (1-0, Div 4, Att: 4,668)
05 May 1979: Stamford Bridge, London: Chelsea v Ipswich Town (2-3, Div 1, Att: 15,462)
23 Feb 1980: Abbey Stadium, Cambridge: Cambridge United v Charlton Athletic (1-0, Div 2, Att: 5,120)
22 Nov 1980: Roots Hall, Southend: Southend Utd v Hereford Utd (0-1, FAC 1st Round, Att: 4,922)
14 Feb 1981: Carrow Road, Norwich: Norwich City v West Bromwich Albion (0-2, Div 1, Att: 15,812)


After that were mostly local Suffolk grounds & football league grounds mostly in London. My 1st game abroad was at ground 22 for Benidorm in 1984 & ground 30 for Gimnastic de Tarragona in 1986.


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Woodside Road - Worthing
The Goldstone Ground - Brighton & Hove Albion
The Dell - Southampton
White Hart Lane - Tottenham Hotspur
Culver Road - Lancing
Wembley Stadium

All in the mid-80's



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1976 King George's Park Wandsworth - Forgotten League - Larkhall Phoenix v Pollards Hill.
1976 Irish Centre Fenny Stratford - Bletchley Town v West Ham XI
1980 Portman Road Ipswich - England u21 v Switzerland u21
1982 Craven Cottage - Fulham v Leeds United
1988 Wall Park Brixham - Brixham United v many many forgotten teams. Played in a few.
1988 Somewhere in the South Devon League, maybe Liverton. Lost in a mist of cider and substances.


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69/70 Stamford Bridge
70/71 The Leas (Hillingdon Boro), Wembley Stadium, Craven Cottage
72/73 Grosvenor Vale (Then Ruislip Manor, now Wealdstone), Honeycroft (Uxbridge)
I think all this was pre-dated by Clacton Town but that was to see a Donkey Derby whilst still a child so don't think it counts.



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I've absolutely no idea. It was well over half a century ago,



I think I am celebrating 50 years of watching the good game round about now. Like Paul I have no idea which were the first 6. I cannot put in order the first hundred or so! Sometimes I look at places my list says I have been to and I cannot remember them. Old age, no doubt.

Going by what constitutes a tick the first 6 grounds would have been recreation ground pitches, some of which I would have later had a kick around on.

T P


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Hammarksjold Road - Harlow Town
Stonards Lane - Epping Town
Wembley
Fratton Park - Portsmouth
Jubilee Park - Waterlooville



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HantsLondoner
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Brentford
Lancaster City
Morecambe
Preston NE
Hayes
Hendon

Only three of those six still exist, with Griffin Park due to disappear soon too.



If you're going to/been to a Hampshire Premier League match, I'd really appreciate you filling in a questionnaire - available in the Groundhopping/General section, or just PM me for a copy. Thanks.

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sandhurstbee
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From the top of my head, all early 1960`s
1. Brentford
2. Reading (Elm Park)
3. Wembley Stadium (England Schoolboys)
4. Wokingham Town (Finchampstead Road)
5. Aldershot
6. Watford
Also sometimes watched Sandhurst Town on old pitch on The Memorial Park when going down to play footie at the park



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Dr Love
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1. Old Trafford (Manchester United) - 1988
2. Boundary Park (Oldham Athletic) - 1992
3. Edgeley Park (Stockport County) - 1993
4. The Shay (Halifax Town) - 1994
5. Bower Fold (Stalybridge Celtic) - 1995
6. Brunton Park (Carlisle United) - 1998

Not too surprisingly compared to some as these are more recent all still around. One club reformed, but none completely disappeared.


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Hammarksjold Road - Harlow Town
Stonards Lane - Epping Town
Wembley
Fratton Park - Portsmouth
Jubilee Park - Waterlooville

Numerically challenged? Tongue


LS Sofa Bear
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Sealand Road ..... Pirate .. Still miss it ....
Prenton Park
The Racecourse Ground
Goodison Park
Wembley
Anfield


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Reading through these lists it seems as though schoolboy internationals were an occasion for many when we we're kids. I did two trips, 1972 and 1975. Being inside Wembley Stadium at such a young age felt special, having previously watched the Cup finals and England v Scotland games on the telly.



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southend statto
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I forgot about recreation grounds. In which case my list is probably grounds 5 to 10 as I saw plenty of games at Shoebury Park involving Shoebury Town (pitch 1), Borough Rovers (pitch 2), and whoever was playing on pitches 3 and 4 - all Southend Borough Combination.


Tykeoldboy
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I didn't include recreation grounds in my list. As a kid in the 1960's a friend and I would go Doncaster racecourse on a Sunday, there are several pitches and there would be a game on each on during the morning and the same in the afternoon. We would watch a game and when it finished we would have a kickabout while the nets were still in place. The council would take down the nets after the afternoon games had finished, around 4pm during the winter months so it was the time to go home.



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1. Filbert Street - first visit was sometime in the mid-80's for Tommy Williams testimonial. No idea of date or even year!!!
2. Elland Road - Leeds v West Ham (Jan 96?)
3. Old Trafford - Germany v Czech Rep (Euro '96 game)
4. Nene Park - August 1996
5. Rockingham Road - August 1996
6. Millmoor - February 1997



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Reading through these lists it seems as though schoolboy internationals were an occasion for many when we we're kids. I did two trips, 1972 and 1975. Being inside Wembley Stadium at such a young age felt special, having previously watched the Cup finals and England v Scotland games on the telly.


Schools ran trips to Schools internationals. My first was 1963 England v Northern Ireland with the primary school to Elm Park, then in 1965 I had progressed to senior school and went to Wembley for England v Scotland.



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Mon. Feb.26, 1974 Northampton Town 2 Peterborough United 2 (Northants Senior Cup Semi-Final)
Sat. Jan.8 1977 Queens Park Rangers 2 Shrewsbury Town 1 (FA Cup 3rd Round)
Sat. Jan.22 1977 Tottenham Hotspur 1 Ipswich Town 0 (Division 1)
Sat. Mar. 5 1977 Leicester City 1 Aston Villa 1 (Division 1)
Sat. Apr. 9 1977Cambridge United 4 Aldershot 1 (Division 4)
Sat. May 21 1977 Northampton Spencer 1 Wolverton Town and BR 0 (United Counties League)


Not many people see their first ever match on a Monday afternoon, that is not a bank holiday. The afternoon kick-off was due to the power crisis.
My 7th ground was the almost obligatory schoolboy international at Wembley. 6 new grounds in 5 months was not bad for a 15 year old schoolboy on pocket money, especially as 3 of them were at first division grounds.



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Just like Leo, my first six grounds don't exist anymore.
1) Oxford United
2) Didcot Town
3) Reading
4) Oxford City
5) Arsenal
6) Cardiff City
All in season 1965-66.
Also, just like Leo, my next six don't exist anymore either, namely
7) Newport County
8) Leicester City
9) Southampton
10) Coventry City
11) Middlesbrough
12) Derby County
All in 1966-67. Was it something I said!


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I think my first 6 were, as I didn't keep records way back when:

Hailsham Town (Seen on two pitches at the rec but I count as one tick)
Ninian Park, Cardiff
Goldstone Ground, Brighton
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
Selhurst Park, Crystal Palace
Highbury, Arsenal

As with others, many have now gone. Edited as I forgot (?) Highbury



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Reading through these lists it seems as though schoolboy internationals were an occasion for many when we we're kids. I did two trips, 1972 and 1975. Being inside Wembley Stadium at such a young age felt special, having previously watched the Cup finals and England v Scotland games on the telly.


Schools ran trips to Schools internationals. My first was 1963 England v Northern Ireland with the primary school to Elm Park, then in 1965 I had progressed to senior school and went to Wembley for England v Scotland.


my Wembley trips were in 63 and 64 and England's opponents were Wales & West Germany. Special train journeys direct to Wembley from Nottinghamshire. Passing through stations with weird names (Princes Risborough)that I have never revisited even though I travelled all over the country supporting Mansfield.


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Reading through these lists it seems as though schoolboy internationals were an occasion for many when we we're kids. I did two trips, 1972 and 1975. Being inside Wembley Stadium at such a young age felt special, having previously watched the Cup finals and England v Scotland games on the telly.


Schools ran trips to Schools internationals. My first was 1963 England v Northern Ireland with the primary school to Elm Park, then in 1965 I had progressed to senior school and went to Wembley for England v Scotland.


my Wembley trips were in 63 and 64 and England's opponents were Wales & West Germany. Special train journeys direct to Wembley from Nottinghamshire. Passing through stations with weird names (Princes Risborough)that I have never revisited even though I travelled all over the country supporting Mansfield.

Nottm Vic station to Wembley via Leicester Central and Princess Risborough on the old Great Central line.Trips down memory lane well maybe not as i was that young i can't remember them.

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