Beautiful tribute to your Dad. My Dad passed away 2 years ago now. The pain has lessened, but the feeling of love and strength from him is just as strong.
I was in the Stoke end for the Ajax match as well , with my uncIe when I was eleven. My dad used to take me Boothen paddock. Your post has made me appreciate those memories more, and the times we shared, thanks for that mate.
Many condolences and all the best to you and your family and friends.
Forgive me for a moment or two of self-indulgence.
The wonderful family of Stoke City lost a life long supporter on Wednesday morning after a short illness. I will be eternally grateful to my Dad for him introducing me to Stoke City at the tender age of 5 and I recall my first game against Coventry City. I was fortunate enough to be taken by him to watch Stoke v Ajax and I sat on the crush barriers on the old Stoke End terrace possibly imagining that this playing against European teams was the 'norm'. How quickly that perception of watching Stoke changed!
Over the years we watched many games from the old Stoke End terrace before relocating to the Boothen Paddock next to the tunnel. During my adolescent years for a period I attended Stoke games with school friends but would occasionally go to away matches with dad - as he had the wheels!!
When Stoke moved to the Brit we decided that it was time (now in his retirement) that we spent more time together and so we bought season tickets in the lower tier of the main stand. I remember him telling me how he queued outside the portakabin 'for hours' before choosing the seats which we have kept to this day.
He sadly wasn't well enough to attend Monday's game but he watched it on TV and after the match when I visited him, he was clearly so pleased that Stoke had won and that his favourite player had scored the winning goal.
Although those who sit around us, have I feel become good friends over the years, although we do not really 'know' each other and as such I have no contact details of those who we both sit with.
Dad who sat in Block 13 Row 26 Seat 97, thoroughly enjoyed his match days and I will be forever grateful to 'Mick' who sat next to dad (on his good hearing side!) for making him feel welcome and chatting to him throughout the game. To 'Ray' who sits next to me and his son 'Si' who always chatted to Dad and passed the time of day with him. To the fellow supporters who have sat in front, behind and around us over the years - 'thank you' for helping make even the dark days at the Brit that much brighter with your chat and banter.
Dad was 84 - I never dreamt that we would see Stoke in the Premier League, let alone Europe. The biggest highlight though must be the FA Cup Final. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I would one day have the privilege and honour of accompanying Dad to such a match to watch Stoke City. The singing of 'Abide With Me' that day will live with me for ever - as will all the precious times of watching Stoke with Dad at the Vic and the Brit and on our travels around the country.
I know that Stoke may have lost a supporter from in the ground but I'm sure he'll be watching each game from above along with all other fellow Stokies that have sadly left us to join the Heaven branch of the Supporter's Club.
God bless you Dad - Stoke matches will never be the same again.
Have been away and only just seen this...a beautiful tribute to a fine man. Sincere condolences to you and yours.
Post by okeydokeystokie2 on Oct 7, 2014 9:12:50 GMT
I've only just caught up with this too. Lovely post and sincere condolences to you and your family.
Like quite a few others on this thread, my Dad passed away 1 year ago later this month. He also took me to my first game in 1974 (I would have been 9) then later that year, the following season we were also at the Stoke City v Ajax game.
Even though he didn't go to games as much as me, we always talked about Stoke and it was a massive part of our relationship.
There must be a few of us of a similar generation. I took my son to watch us in the Europa League, and had a quiet moment at half time at the FC Thun game. It was nearly 40 years ago that Ajax game - our football club is interwoven into our family lives. It gives generations a common thread and keeps us together and talking.
Hang in there. The next few games will seem very strange. We'll be with you.
My son and I go to most games home and away and most are a bit of a trek to say the least. But a whole day with my son and the shared experiences and the talking are something I sometimes forget to treasure
Last night, with him still wound up from the Sunderland match, we had a chat and the killer line was 'don't worry Dad I will follow them even if they are in the Blue Square'
I am sure, as life unfolds he will probably not want to come with his old man for a period. It is the way of life
But I hope in many years to come he reflects on his time with me and the ups and downs regarding the SCFC part of our relationship and feel similar to your own memories