The events this week and the thread on derby games had me thinking of my old man.
Times were different in his day back in the 50s, when he would go to football every Saturday pm; Stoke one week, the Vale the next. He was not fanatical, just enjoyed going to a match. I don't think he had a particular favourite but he did use to talk about Steele, Franklin, and Soo a lot.
He was very lucky as his job was a commercial traveler so he had a company car, something very few people had in the 50s. One Saturday he went to the Vale and parked his car and a steward came over to him and said "Excuse me sir, you cannot park there." My father said "Why not, I always park here every match".The steward replied "Well you can't park there any more because one of the directors has got a car and he wants to park it there." My father said "Well you can tell that director that he is welcome to my parking place, because I won't be using it any more".
My father got back in his car and never went to a match at the Vale or Stoke again.
He stayed at home and watched horse racing on the TV giving his money to the bookie every 15 mins* on the phone. * He kept switching between BBC Grandstand and ITV coverage of the races.
The last time he went to a match was when we went together to the FA Cup semi v Arsenal at Hillsborough in 1971.