Str8outta- that ParkDrive advert was magic-it seemed to caputre the atmosphere of a night game at the time brilliantly- I think the photo was of the BaseBall Ground ?
I think, Mr Circus, that it was a Wembley scene. Thousands of red and white scarves and banners, altho' any reference to a specific team had been airbrushed out (or the equivalent at that time of airbrushing) so that kids everywhere could indulge their fantasy. But it is quite possible you are right and I am wrong. However I agree that the picture was unfeasibly atmospheric.
I think (and again I could be wrong) that the strapline was "The kind of Park Drive you always hoped we'd make". That sounds highly implausible, but (if correct) it seemed to fit.
I almost feel compelled to nip out now to the corner shop and buy 20 Park Drive (untipped).
I was just a pushy kid. I stood outside the press box entrance one Saturday before a game at the Vic and stopped Mr Hodgson on his way in. I just said that I thought that the junior fans should get their own letters page in the new match day programme. It was weird, he invited me in right there and then, and took me into an office. It was surreal, I was suddenly in the den. I could hear Waddo talking to someone from through a fairly thin wall, and I could smell the linament that the players used to splatter onto their muscles. Oh, and I got to meet Terry Conroy for the first time. Mr Hodgson invited me to edit a junior letters page right there and then and asked me to come up with a name for it. I chose "The Junior Voice Of Victoria" How original was that eh? And I got to watch the game from the press box. It was ok, but I much preferred the terraces. So it was just down to some basic cheek and cockiness really!!!
I remember your letters page really clearly, altho' in my memory you got the job following a letter you had written to the "regular" letters forum. I even thought I could remember your letter - reproduced in the first edition. I think I was very jealous and hugely impressed in equal measure.
Superb example you have posted. Joyce Blundred's contribution is priceless, as are (all) your pithy replies. This must have been the template for Viz, many years before it appeared.
And absolutely terrific photo. I was watching an excellent programme the other day on Dave Davies, and you would not have looked out of place on stage with The Kinks in their pomp.