Oh yes! My first Stoke game. I was 13 and a Leeds fan. Still have all my Leeds badges and scarves and loved that dirty team of the 70's. Leeds were on a roll and next up was Stoke. Anyway my mates were Stokes and they took me to the game and into the Boothen. It was intoxicating. When my favourite player at the time scored the opener I was pretty smug and managing to resist the temptations. But when Smithy crashed in the winner that was it. I was swept up in the moment. I wasn't ecstatic but I knew it was like I had abandoned my wife for no good reason other than the raw lustful sex of Stoke, so I felt guilty and torn but knew things would be different. From then on that was it, I was hooked. Can still remember that special day as clear as anything.
steve the following year we beat them 3-0 in the opening (I think) day of the campaign.
I can actually remember the day of the Stoke Leeds 3-2 game as clear as a bell, me and my mates were playing footy on the field by Macon Way in Crewe and we started talking about the game, two of my mates were Liverpool fans and one was Leeds.
I was telling them how Stoke would definitely win and how we'd probably go on to win the league, I actually thought Leeds would hammer us but didn't want to back down to the arrogance of my Leeds supporting mate! Nige (the Leeds fan) said if Stoke beat Leeds he'd become a Stoke fan.
I remember rushing home to watch football focus and it was mainly about the unbeatable Leeds and Stoke, we were a very good team but were 6 or 7 to 1 to win at home!!! Leeds were THAT good!
I stood in the Stoke end and Leeds did their arrogant cocky annoying walk to the halfway line followed by the salute to all the sides of the ground, which was met with much abuse by three and half sides of the ground. Within twenty odd minutes we were two down and it was over before it had begun, I was gutted.
When (I think) Pej got one back after about half an hour I could sense that we were going to come back and when God (Alan Hudson) poked in the equaliser on the stroke of half time I think every single person in the ground KNEW we'd win!
Watching from the old Stoke end when Sir Denis leapt up to nod the ball in after sustained pressure the Boothen end erruptingf is a sight I will never forget, most of our players HATED Leeds and it showed. Leeds were NEVER going to get back but still waiting for the final whistle made me feel physically sick I was THAT nervous.
Fair play to my mate Nige he did become a Stoke fan and stuck with them from that day to this! I'm not sure that day will ever be beaten for a 'normal' match but hopefully tonight coming back from Arsenal I'll alter my mind!
Yes, it was a fantastic day and I remember it well. In fact, it was one of the greatest days in all my long time of supporting The Potters. When Smiffy headed in the winner, the roar of the fans could have been heard in Sweden. I was in The Boothen End, and I ended up about thirty yards away from where I was originally standing, being kissed by a big fat bloke. I was so ecstatic, I returned his kiss.
I remember that game like it was yesterday. Leeds had a magnificent team that season and to beat them after being 2-0 down, with the injustice of Bremners free kick, halting their unbeaten run, was like a dream come true. I still have had red and white scarf that my grandmother knitted me that I took to that game.
As a side note, it is interesting to note that back then you only had one substitute. Can you imagine how the pampered modern footballer would cope with such a demanding situation? Also, I remember John Ritchie being sold for 70k to Sheffield Wednesday and being bought back for 25k. There is a little bit of Waddo in TP.
I was there on that great day. I remember feeling sick how Leeds had been allowed to take a free kick and score before our defensive wall, our goalie or the ref were ready. However, Leeds were the Arsenal of the day and had at least six Fabregas types in their side who would intimidate the ref from start to finish. I never thought we'd recover from 0-2 down. When the final whistle went I can remember the Boothen just erupting with joy. My top three games I've seen were when Stan clinched promotion v Luton in May '63, winning the League Cup and this game v Leeds.
I was in a packed Boothen End to the right of the goal. Best game I have ever been to. I remember looking towards the camera gantry above the tunnel after Smith's goal and thinking 'AND ITS ON THE BLOODY TELLY TOO! It was all over the papers the following day, how we had stopped their unbeaten run. So proud!
Post by donaldingleton on Feb 23, 2011 20:38:38 GMT
Oh yes, I remember it well! The previous Saturday, I married my wife (a Leeds girl!) and was able to persuade her that we come back early from our Cotswolds honeymoon so that I could treat her to a grand day out at the Vic!! She hadn't been there before, and really could not understand the hysteria that abounded after we ended Leeds' record. After that, she vowed she would never, ever go to a football match again and d'you know what.................she never has! Memo to self - don't ever forget your anniversary again! It should not take a poster on this MB to remind you a week late!!