Boxing Day 1988. Seven years old and my first time on the Boothen End. 3-1 win over City. Because I was just a kid I'm not sure if I really knew what was going on so much. Still had those horrible fan cages up back then (this would have been a few months before Hillsborough). I do remember the blow up pink panthers and the bananas One of my earliest memories of doing something where it was just me and my dad, so that stands out.
Post by Vadiation_Ribe on May 13, 2018 23:54:58 GMT
Stoke City 0-0 Chelsea in the 1995/6 League Cup.
I didn't have any family who went to Stoke matches at the time (my mum's previous match had been vs Ajax about 20 years before). I remember asking her if she'd take us to a match - she always liked Stoke and Chelsea (having lived/worked nearby) and then Stoke drew Chelsea in the cup.
It felt like an intimidating atmosphere, but I don't know if that's because I was young and it was my first match. I remember Ruud Gullit and Dennis Wise, and Carruthers (I think) missing a sitter. I knew all the Stoke players names from inputting them on Amstrad CPC football manager games World Soccer League and Treble Champions. I think Stein was injured for Chelsea.
Stoke won the replay 1-0, when a mistake by Leslie Mark Hughes led to a goal for Paul Peschisolido.
Stoke v Vale September 1989, I’d just moved to the city that day as a student . Was a draw, 1 1 I think. Watched them regularly for 5-6 years then moved out of area and recently moved back up this way to Shropshire. My daughter is 7 and wants to start going to games so cheerfully bringing her to see the Villa game in a couple of weeks. Remember drinking in Stoke centre before games ( Grays Corner was a pub at the time I think] and buying the Oatcake there