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16 hours ago, rudemedic said:

It's Barry Davies' 82nd birthday today, so it feels apt to share this. 

 

 

We had 3 sides of the ground that day (2 full stands and a bit of the Kippax too). 

Palace had already beaten Liverpool 4-3 in the lunchtime game, so there were 13 goals scored in the two FA Cup semi-finals, the first time they had been televised live.  Fantastic!

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The best times in those days was the excitement you had leaving the ground. 

Maybe sounds odd but after watching a really good game you just couldn't wait for the next one.

The whole week was spent in great anticipation as excitement built for that next game.

These days when I leave BP after another dross display I really haven't got a clue who we play next or even care.

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3 hours ago, Diego_Sideburns said:

Palace had already beaten Liverpool 4-3 in the lunchtime game, so there were 13 goals scored in the two FA Cup semi-finals, the first time they had been televised live.  Fantastic!

Joe and the lads casually watched some of the game in the small main stand lounge before deciding come on we better go before jumping on The Mostonian coach ( think it was )and trundling down Broadway, no Lowry Hotel that day , no nerves either . This thread brings back some memories and a big smile 

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On 10/24/2019 at 7:55 PM, lookersstandandy said:


...my grandmother had passed away not long before this game. We’re not a religious family. I was sat in my bedroom - I wasn’t allowed to go to Southampton as I was 13 and at school next day - listening to one of those handheld radios with a big Ariel and a dial you twisted to find the frequency you wanted, through the fizzing and crackling. After Le Tissier had put them 2-1 up from the spot in the 85th minute I lay on the floor of my bedroom deflated..... as the whistles began to sound from the 90th minute, I turned the radio off, put my hands together and said a prayer asking my Gran to have a word with the big fella. I turned the radio back on.... “Holden crosses the ball, Ritchiiiiiiiiieeeee”. I can still feel the hairs standing up on the back of my neck.

That was the night I realised this could be something special.  Beating arsenal was terrific but one off upsets happen. I went to Southampton pleased with what wed already achieved but expecting to lose. Coming away I suddenly thought bloody hell we are good arent we? 

Your post has just made me watch the highlights again. Brian Moore's commentary is so incredibly biased in Southampton's favour its embarrassing.  Oh and I'd completely forgotten about Scott McGarvey! Some might say just as well.🙂

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10 hours ago, astottie said:

That was the night I realised this could be something special.  Beating arsenal was terrific but one off upsets happen. I went to Southampton pleased with what wed already achieved but expecting to lose. Coming away I suddenly thought bloody hell we are good arent we? 

Your post has just made me watch the highlights again. Brian Moore's commentary is so incredibly biased in Southampton's favour its embarrassing.  Oh and I'd completely forgotten about Scott McGarvey! Some might say just as well.🙂


Other things I recall....

 

- Roger Milford was the ref. He told Southampton he was adding time on for time wasting. They ignored him.

- He was also the ref that Nick Henry played a one-two off a couple of years later, to score against Chelsea.

- Such a shame he didn’t take one of the Man Yoo semi’s.

- Jimmy Case, former team mate at Brighton of Andy Ritchie, refusing to shake his hand at the final whistle. The pr1ck.

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16 hours ago, lookersstandandy said:


Other things I recall....

 

- Roger Milford was the ref. He told Southampton he was adding time on for time wasting. They ignored him.

- He was also the ref that Nick Henry played a one-two off a couple of years later, to score against Chelsea.

- Such a shame he didn’t take one of the Man Yoo semi’s.

- Jimmy Case, former team mate at Brighton of Andy Ritchie, refusing to shake his hand at the final whistle. The pr1ck.

Things I remember from that game as well, getting the train from mumps (I’m sure it was snowing or there was snow on the ground), it broke down for a while, can’t recall if it was on the way there or the way back, a police escort from the station in Southampton getting dogs abuse from the locals and being packed in like sardines. I was 12/13 at the time and to this day it is still my favourite ever away game. 
 

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only thing that disapointed about the whole period from 88 - 93 was the complere failure of all the know all gobshite rugby/manure/citeah  fans to turn up on the town hall steps and kiss there arse or eat there hat and similar claims both when we got to wembley and got promoted to Division 1 charletons the lot of them 😁

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On 10/25/2019 at 12:05 AM, rudemedic said:

It's Barry Davies' 82nd birthday today, so it feels apt to share this. 

 

 

We had 3 sides of the ground that day (2 full stands and a bit of the Kippax too). 


 

 I got a free ticket through my United sponsoring company and was in with the United seated fans. After jumping up for ooh Roger’s goal there was no point in hiding my feelings for the other 2 goals haha

When I was offered a free ticket for the replay l decide to pay for one in the Kippax 

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https://youtu.be/2o6j7M4D9gg

 

Every one stood behind Tricky in this goal against United knew it was in the moment it left his magical left wand (I’m in a red ski jacket right behind him) I remember he scored an almost identical goal later in the same season 

Season tickets in those times were unbelievable value for money!

 

 

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21 hours ago, wogghead1 said:

Things I remember from that game as well, getting the train from mumps (I’m sure it was snowing or there was snow on the ground), it broke down for a while, can’t recall if it was on the way there or the way back, a police escort from the station in Southampton getting dogs abuse from the locals and being packed in like sardines. I was 12/13 at the time and to this day it is still my favourite ever away game. 
 

 

Yes, I was on that rattler (aged 14). It was snowy and freezing cold. Proper envy from some Latics supporting mates as I sloped off from school at lunchtime to get picked up off my dad and head to Mumps. Loved the Dell. Real closed in ground, much like Loftus Road is. Sold out that night and a cracking atmosphere. Wasn't really captured on camera as our goals were at the other end but limbs all over the shop.

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19 minutes ago, Frankly Mr Shankly said:

 

Yes, I was on that rattler (aged 14). It was snowy and freezing cold. Proper envy from some Latics supporting mates as I sloped off from school at lunchtime to get picked up off my dad and head to Mumps. Loved the Dell. Real closed in ground, much like Loftus Road is. Sold out that night and a cracking atmosphere. Wasn't really captured on camera as our goals were at the other end but limbs all over the shop.

Our late equaliser was at our end wasn't it? 

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My first game was in 86/87, so just a little before Latics became world beaters.  But for years I never left a game thinking "That was crap/boring/unacceptable perfomance, etc." even on the rare occasions I saw us lose.  Losing always came as a surprise, as did Latics not scoring in the first 15 minutes of a game.  I always thought the atmosphere at BP was amazing too - I don't know whether that's because I was a kid or because it was so much better than now - probably both.

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So many posts that deserve a thanks in this thread. Some absolutely brilliant reads, definitely restores some form of faith in me towards Latics having heard about the good old days - even if those days are dead and buried in a grave marked "Property of Brassbank". 

 

I genuinely cannot imagine Oldham being that type of club, i.e. good, and watching those types of games week-in, week-out. Must've been a heartbreaker once we get relegated from the Prem and things started to take a turn for the worst. What I'd give to be walking down Sheepfoot Lane thinking "we can win this" up against a decent side.

 

Does make me worried how my generation and beyond are gonna be enticed into coming watching Latics play on a Tuesday night whilst we're producing the standard we are. It also gives me a much better idea as to why so many older fans are so upset. My generation has little to compare our current state to so why should we care? Anything can happen. Who knows what the next 12 months hold?

 

On 10/26/2019 at 5:23 PM, SweeperKeeper said:

 

It's you! You're the curse!

 

Good job my other teams Notts County, Bury and Orient weren't affected by my curse.

 

Hang on...

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2 hours ago, No Pyro No Party said:

So many posts that deserve a thanks in this thread. Some absolutely brilliant reads, definitely restores some form of faith in me towards Latics having heard about the good old days - even if those days are dead and buried in a grave marked "Property of Brassbank". 

 

I genuinely cannot imagine Oldham being that type of club, i.e. good, and watching those types of games week-in, week-out. Must've been a heartbreaker once we get relegated from the Prem and things started to take a turn for the worst. What I'd give to be walking down Sheepfoot Lane thinking "we can win this" up against a decent side.

 

 

To be honest things started going downhill for me the day we lost 5-2 to city on the last game of the season, first season in the top flight. Obviously the great escape was memorable the following season, and the run to the FA Cup semis the season after, but defintely wasn't as much fun as what preceded it.

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Remember every now and again a group of people would go around the ground with a big sheet and everyone threw coins into it (pre buckets) for local charities, hanging off the chaddy railings as a child, (mid 80s you may have turned around to see the away fans coming in trying their luck with 5 mins to go) away at Bradford when a near riot broke out when some other teams fans (can’t remember who) came in our end when their game got called off and started abusing roger and our fans didn’t take it lightly. Huddersfield away at their old ground when 2 of their fans jumped over the fence and battered the linesman because he disallowed a goal and we went up our end and scored. 
getting pushed through a turnstile so my dad didn’t have to pay for me at away games. Thinking it was normal to go to Darlington on a Tuesday night for a cup game 😂 the clubshop was a portakabin and latique was just a dream but it was still better than it is now!

as the title says “when we were good”

For the above, we weren’t necessarily good,

But IT was good.!

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8 hours ago, No Pyro No Party said:

So many posts that deserve a thanks in this thread. Some absolutely brilliant reads, definitely restores some form of faith in me towards Latics having heard about the good old days - even if those days are dead and buried in a grave marked "Property of Brassbank". 

 

I genuinely cannot imagine Oldham being that type of club, i.e. good, and watching those types of games week-in, week-out. Must've been a heartbreaker once we get relegated from the Prem and things started to take a turn for the worst. What I'd give to be walking down Sheepfoot Lane thinking "we can win this" up against a decent side.

 

Does make me worried how my generation and beyond are gonna be enticed into coming watching Latics play on a Tuesday night whilst we're producing the standard we are. It also gives me a much better idea as to why so many older fans are so upset. My generation has little to compare our current state to so why should we care? Anything can happen. Who knows what the next 12 months hold?

 

 

Good job my other teams Notts County, Bury and Orient weren't affected by my curse.

 

Hang on...

 

You have to remember that many clubs go a long period of time without any success and are often stuck in the wilderness and then suddenly emerge. Things are grim now for reasons we all know about, but other clubs have been in abysmal situations and have turned it round. 

 

I think we all now recognise that it will require a different owner to make that happen, but once he fucks off then their will be an opportunity for things to get better, and at some point they will!

 

And when that glorious season of promotion happens again we will have one hell of a knees up.

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2 hours ago, No Pyro No Party said:

So many posts that deserve a thanks in this thread. Some absolutely brilliant reads, definitely restores some form of faith in me towards Latics having heard about the good old days - even if those days are dead and buried in a grave marked "Property of Brassbank". 

 

I genuinely cannot imagine Oldham being that type of club, i.e. good, and watching those types of games week-in, week-out. Must've been a heartbreaker once we get relegated from the Prem and things started to take a turn for the worst. What I'd give to be walking down Sheepfoot Lane thinking "we can win this" up against a decent side.

 

Does make me worried how my generation and beyond are gonna be enticed into coming watching Latics play on a Tuesday night whilst we're producing the standard we are. It also gives me a much better idea as to why so many older fans are so upset. My generation has little to compare our current state to so why should we care? Anything can happen. Who knows what the next 12 months hold?....

I take my hat off to those who still support Latics home and away, and who have never known success. :applause1:

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50 minutes ago, oafcmetty said:

 

To be honest things started going downhill for me the day we lost 5-2 to city on the last game of the season, first season in the top flight. Obviously the great escape was memorable the following season, and the run to the FA Cup semis the season after, but defintely wasn't as much fun as what preceded it.

 

Don't necessarily agree with this as the great escape season was still brilliant fun to be part of.

 

From recollection that season we couldn't score for toffee in Jan and Feb and I thought that was us done, but then we went on an amazing run only losing 2 or 3 from then to the end of the season I think!

 

I remember us beating Liverpool, United, Spurs and Chelsea that season.....compared to Walsall, Morecambe, and Cambridge this year!

 

I also remember we played about 13 games over the last 6 weeks the season after, and ended up only taking 3 points from our last 8 games, after losing twice to those red United twats in the league and FA Cup semi, and got relegated by a couple of points. We should never have gone down that year.

 

We never recovered from here and the SKY money in the game had moved onwards and upwards and left us behind....still from 89-94 what a time it was to be a Latics fan!!

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2 hours ago, wogghead1 said:

Remember every now and again a group of people would go around the ground with a big sheet and everyone threw coins into it (pre buckets) for local charities, hanging off the chaddy railings as a child, (mid 80s you may have turned around to see the away fans coming in trying their luck with 5 mins to go) away at Bradford when a near riot broke out when some other teams fans (can’t remember who) came in our end when their game got called off and started abusing roger and our fans didn’t take it lightly. Huddersfield away at their old ground when 2 of their fans jumped over the fence and battered the linesman because he disallowed a goal and we went up our end and scored. 
getting pushed through a turnstile so my dad didn’t have to pay for me at away games. Thinking it was normal to go to Darlington on a Tuesday night for a cup game 😂 the clubshop was a portakabin and latique was just a dream but it was still better than it is now!

as the title says “when we were good”

For the above, we weren’t necessarily good,

But IT was good.!

The Bradford one was Carlisle fans, their game at Halifax had been called off. It was in the days when there were fences at grounds. Happened right in front of me, they'd positioned themselves by a gate in the fence prior to kicking off, obviously thinking they'd make their valiant stand then quickly be rescued through said gate by the stewards. So they kicked off and the stewards appeared... To find the gate was locked and no one had a key... Seem to remember a steward being dispatched to find one as the Carlisle fans got a good towelling... One very enterprising Latics fan appeared diving over my head straight into the middle of it after presumably climbing on the crush barrier behind for maximum trajectory.

 

Southampton, we went down on summat called the Silver Liner (I think that's what it was called) VIP exec coach with beer and a hot meal on board, windows were tinted so you could see out but not in... Or so we thought... As after the match when the lights inside were on as we were walking back we, and the passing Southampton fans, could see the 'Tics inside, who thought they were invisible, giving it the V's and them wondering why Southampton fans were trying to get on for a square go unaware that the window glass was now 2 way.

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