Shrewsbury 87, on train, arrived just before kick off with a couple of mates, just about managed to squeeze into the packed away end, amazing atmosphere, so different from home games........was hooked from then on!!!!
birmingham city v spurs 1972 and 14 years old... intresting walk back to new street station after the game because the local herberts could nt work out where i came from after they asked me the time and i just waffled on trying to use me dads accent ( stoke born and bred ) me born in london ...
My first away game was my first game ever; I remember none of it as I was only ripped out of my Mum 5 months before hand in our promotion season it was Exeter; dad told me the story how it took him 2 hours find the ground and he walked around 5 times because he couldn't see it dozy sod ;D; first one I do remember is Chesterfield away in the Promotion season we won 2-1 it was where Peter Hoekstra scored his first goal from out of play, brilliant day it was ;D; then the only next time after was the Blackburn away defeat as Boxxy has mentioned.
I remember it well tim, can you recall the return match a few weeks later, we kicked off with 10 men, because eddie clamp was still in the vic, he came on about 15 minutes late, and the first thing he did was to kick there centre half up in the air, i think it finished up 2-2. and don't worry about your age mate i'm almost 70.
Post by timfielding2001uk on Mar 21, 2011 19:53:49 GMT
Yes 2 all with the Villa a couple of weeks later. You mentioned Eddie Clamp what a legend. I played against him for Joules in Stone a few years later when he was in Drake Hall Prison and he was still a legend then.
I met Eddie Stuart ex Stoke/Wolves centre half a couple of years later, he had a shop in Stone and said that Eddie Clamp was the hardest player he'd ever played with or against. He told me the story about the tough Chopper Harris, being very tough until he met Eddie Clamp.
Mine was Birmingham City 1973- we lost 3-1.crowd of nearly 40,000 and i remember thinking what a big club the Blues were- made some din too- how things have changed for that club now, seems to have lost its potential. The Wolves game mentioned by Roots in 1980/81 was the game after they won the league cup, about 4,000 Stokies that day- but the most intimidating atmosphere Ive been in at that old ground- most of my mates were thrown out during the game- but ran back in when the gates were opened being run by a load of Black Lads who had gathered on the bank outside looking for stragglers
Post by andrewcritchlow on Apr 12, 2011 18:43:27 GMT
My first away game was actually a home game. Middlesborough at Vale Park after the roof blew off the Butler Street stand.We won 1-0 thanks to a last minute Ian Moores goal. After that I think it was Preston at Deepdale. I think it was 1977 or 78 we also won 1-0. I remember going on the train from Buxton on my own. I was only 14 and walked round to the home end with all my Stoke gear on.OOPS! Got called something that rhymes with banker
I remember the Bolton v Stoke FA Cup 5th round tie at Bolton in 1958.Was stationed at Wilmslow for square bashing and not officially allowed to leave camp.Needless to say I found a way out and upon return was awarded 7 days C.B.(jankers)for going AWOL.
Lost the match as well by 3 - 1.Bolton went on to win the cup that year beating Man U.in the final. 2 - 0,think Lofthouse scored both goals.
Post by str8outtahampton on Jun 12, 2011 9:37:55 GMT
Mine was Wolves away in about 65. My Dad took me on a service coach and in those days it seemed like a journey to a faraway, slightly exotic and mysterious place. So no change there, then. Needless to say we lost. 2-0 I think. I've been to a lot of away games over the years, and if I have seen SCFC win more than 7 or 8% of them I would be surprised.
Many of the above contributions are familiar. I agree with the comments about the Brighton relegation party. Awayday tales are notoriously unreliable, but everything you hear about that day was probably true. Unforgettable.
Plus the game at Deepdale in the promotion season. Again I was with my Dad - in the away end. In those days, SCFC would often have a small splinter group in the home end. There would be a (relatively minor) brouhaha shortly after kick off. Then the renegades would be marched by the police round the perimeter to the away end - invariably to a heroes' welcome, as you might imagine.
On that particular day, the group included two or three of my schoolfriends, and as they passed in front of us my Dad turned to me and said: "Isn't that X and Y?" "Er, I don't think so Dad", was my reply, "But they are remarkably similar, aren't they?".
3-0 defeat at OT in the 70s. Was about 6. We were dire to be fair.
I also went this match, it was April 77.
MY first away match was a couple of seasons before I went the Vic. Visiting relatives down London and Stoke were in town. So me mum & dad being big Stokies took me my first match, at Stamford Bridge, the score 2-2 I think. I was Three years old.
My first away match was in March 1966. Stoke were asked to play a series of games in Hong Kong as part of British Week. Chelsea ( spit,spit) were cup-tied so Stoke replaced them on the four day event. I still have the program,autographed by the players :- Lawrie Leslie,Tony Allen,Alan Bloor,Eric Skeels,Harry Burrows,Calvin Palmer,Peter Dobing,George Kinnell,Denis Viollet,John Ritchie and Roy Vernon. I even got Frank Mountfords autograph! Couldnt persuade Waddo to sign though. After 45 years the program is a bit dog-eared now ( like me lol) but to a fifteen year old it meant a lot to meet his heros of the day. Does this qualify for a distance record for a Stoke away game? :-)