May 23rd

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Acting upon reliable information
A Federal Deputation laid a deadly ambush
When Bonnie and Clyde came walking in the sunshine
A half a dozen carbines opened up on them

Bonnie and Clyde
They lived a lot together
And finally together
They died

- In 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were killed in a Police Ambush, now see how long it takes to get the Georgie Fame song out of your head, and tell us where you went on May 23rd
 

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No matches on this date for me.

However, this date does mark one of the most tragic events in Italian football's recent history. Sunday 23rd May 1999 was the final day of the Serie A season, with AC Milan taking the Scudetto, but several other clubs involved in a tight relegation battle. One such relegation decider was Piacenza versus Salernitana, which ended in a 1-1 draw and Salernitana relegated back to Serie B after just one season.

Despite their promotion in 1998 (their first return to Serie A since 1948), the 1998~99 season was fraught will bad feeling in the Salernitana camp. In January, chairman Aliberti sacked head coach Delio Rossi, a move that angered the Salernitana ultras to the extent that the club's meeting announcing the news was violently attacked by fans, and the team's players were badly assaulted as they left the club's training ground. A few hours later, when new manager Francesco Oddo was introduced to journalists at a press conference, the building was stormed by angry fans and Aliberti physically assaulted.

Although Salernitana's form and results improved in the second half of the season, they arrived on the last day still in the relegation spaces, and needing a victory at Piacenza to stay up. Unfortunately, the players put in a meagre performance and could only draw. At the final whistle, fighting erupted on the pitch between the players of the two sides and continued into the tunnel, with the referee having to be protected by riot-police. The Salernitana players then smashed up their dressing-room, while many among the away following fought with police in the streets outside.

As is often the case in Italy, Salernitana's 1,100 travelling supporters made the 900 mile round trip on a special subsidised thirteen-carriage train. Once the away fans had been corralled onto the train, they continued to attack the small unit of Piacenza-based police officers who were to escort them back south to Salerno. They also began to vandalise the train itself, throwing objects (including the fire extinguishers) out of the windows, pulling the communication chord and attacking people at intermediate stops. When the train reached Naples in the early hours, further rioting broke out on the platforms. As the train finally neared its destination of Salerno, and believing that police may be there ready to arrest them, some Salernitana fans tried to aid their escape by setting fire to the train while it was still travelling through a 13km-long tunnel. However, the blaze was soon out of control, killing four people. Many more were injured through smoke inhalation or by leaping from the moving train. The death-toll would have been greater still had the driver not got the train out of the tunnel.

The disaster led to calls for the Italian government to phase out the running of special football trains.
 

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2011 - Atherton LR 2 Old Boltonians 0 (HT 1-0) - Bolton Hospital Cup Final
My 3rd of 4 visits to the Reebok Stadium - Attendance "a few hundred"

The Reebok Stadium it was still called at the time - but that was a sponsored name that doesn't seem to have a "real" name that I can work out, so despite it changing sponsors since, I'll still have to call it Reebok - unless someone knows its proper name? This was my 1st and so far only game watched in the Hospital Cup, and in preparing for the game, I first learnt of the historic ground that Old Boltonians play on, have meant to go since, but as yet still haven't.

This game was in theory a bit of a David v Goliath encounter with Old Bolts in the Lancashire Amateur League, several levels below LR. Atherton LR took the lead on 13 mins from Danny Smith, and Old Bolts should have equalised multiple times, including a number of late goalmouth scrambles. But instead moments later in injury time from a FK, it was 2-0. The solid silver trophy worth about £20,000 was on display pre-match in the ground reception, but with 2 security guards there just in case.


2018 - Rolls 1 Silsden Whitestar 4 (HT 0-2) - Craven League Premier Division
My 2nd of 2 visits to Rolls-Royce Leisure, Attendance 70

This was a controversial end to the game and the season. The situation was that Silsden needed to win by 4 clear goals to win the league. Anything else and it is Settle United's title. 1st half was pretty much all Silsden and they honestly missed so many chances that it could easily have been double figures at HT. They did take the lead on exactly 30:00 mins (according to my stopwatch), and then grabbed a 2nd on 45+3, and almost getting a 3rd a minute later before the 1st half eventually ended.

So 3 more goals - surely a great chance still... But the 2nd half was not quite the same as Silsden were shooting into the bright sunshine. They did though finally get the 3rd goal on 75 mins and it looked all on again - 15 mins for 2 more. But then only a moment later they conceded a penalty and Rolls pulled one back. So 13 mins to get 3 goals again. Lots of very lengthy goal kicking time was used up and so it was odds on for a big batch of injury time. On 88 mins and Silsden finally made it 4-1 and surely loads of time to get the 2 goals needed to clinch the title.

But unbelievably seconds after the restart at 88:20 the referee blew the final whistle!! I had a stopwatch running and it was definitely 100 seconds early, never mind all the added time that was due. It was not a shortened game as 45+5 had been played in the 1st half due to injury time. I was shocked and there were protests from the crowd (a sizeable following from Silsden) - I guess the players themselves may not have realised the exact timings. I was caught up in it too and intercepted the referee on his way off the pitch and calmly asked him why he had ended the game so early with it being such a critical time in the biggest game of the season. His answer "I don't have to answer questions to you". Or play 90 mins it seems.

It was later established that he had turned up to referee without a stopwatch and had borrowed a watch from one of the Silsden officials - a regular watch, not a stopwatch. The ref turning up without a stopwatch for the most critical game of the season!! Obviously Silsden were not happy, but not a lot they could do, as Settle United were therefore champions.


2019 - Manchester Maccabi 1 Davyhulme Park 6 (HT 0-5) - Cheshire & Manchester Sunday League Division 1
My 1st and only visit to Brooklands - Attendance 9

Nice end of season Sunday League game in midweek. Brooklands is a nice setup used mainly by the local Jewish community and the building included a cafe, although I didn't have a look in.

The ground is nice and smart with the pitches well maintained. Both pitches had a sturdy wooden crowd barrier down one side, though no hard standing. The pitch the match was on is elevated slightly over the other one, and there is a also an elevated part to stand on for this pitch opposite the crowd barrier side. Not that there was much of a crowd for this battle for 3rd place. Manchester Maccabi had won 3-0 two nights earlier and so it was set up that if they beat Davyhulme, they would clinch 3rd place from the visitors by making sure they could no longer catch Maccabi.

But that's nothing like what actually happened. The visitors dominated and led 5-0 by the break - several goals were keeper errors and it looked like it might be record goals for me (which at that time for a league game was 10 goals - I did smash that record 2 games later though).

2nd half was a bit different, as it stayed 5-0 for much of the time. Maccabi started to finally get into the game a bit, but did go further behind as we approached the closing stages. They finally scored with injury time approaching. So the battle for 3rd place went to the final game, but Maccabi lost that too and finished 4th.
 

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1991 England Challenge Cup (@ Manchester United FC) Argentina v U.S.S.R. 1-1
1992 Richard The Builders Mid Wales League Morda United v Knighton Town 2-3
The final game of my 91/92 season, so not a bad venue to finish on.

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1993 Richard The Builders Mid Wales League Kington Town v Penparcau 6-2
A very pleasant ground and town in the Herefordshire borderlands countryside. Railed and with a stand. There may have been a programme, I can’t remember now. The only time I have been there. I think they are in the Herefordshire League these days.

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1994 Richard The Builders Mid Wales League Morda United v Caersws Reserves 3-1
1995 Talacre Beach Caravan Park Clwyd League Presidents Cup Final (@ Denbigh Town FC)
Rhuddlan New Pines v Flint Town United Reserves 1-3
1996 PA Rowlands Construction Cymru Alliance Buckley Town v Brymbo 0-1
1997 Stones Bitter Super League II London Broncos v Warrington Wolves Lost 30-6
1998 West Yorkshire League Premier Division Beeston St. Anthony's v Nostell Miners Welfare 2-0
A railed pitch on a hill overlooking Elland Road, home of Leeds United FC. The changing rooms/club room were well fortified as I recall. They issued a smart programme which sold out as this was well hopped. I may have got the last one as names and addresses were left by those who missed out. I was on that list until another copy was found and so I got one on the day. Andy D & Martin 55 were there as I recall.
1999 JJB Sports Super League IV St. Helens v Warrington Wolves Lost 57-20
2002 Llandyrnog & District Village Clubs Summer League Henllan v Llandyrnog Lost 1-3
2005 Llandyrnog & District Village Clubs Summer League Llangynhafl v Trefnant 3-1
By now Hafl had left the village to share with Rhewl. I saw them on two different grounds (fields, literally) closer to the village. They were adjacent to each other with the pitch being moved to the other side of the hedge in effect. The Golden Lion in the village is a decent country pub. Their chairman was Gordon Clarke who back in the day played rugby league for Warrington. Had many a conversation with him over the years, but he sadly passed away a couple of years ago now.
2011 Llandyrnog & District Village Clubs Summer League Caerwys v Henllan Won 1-2
2015 McBookie.com Scottish Juniors East Region Premier Division Oakley United v Tayport (T361) 1-2
The start of a week up in Scotland. This was an enclosed ground, railed off with a small section of cover. No prog. Had an old one at home. As always, an enjoyable Juniors afternoon out that was attended by some familiar hoppers including some from close to home (Chester/Wirral). Harry & Co were there. Less than half an hour back to the cottage from here too.

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2018 Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division Hawarden Rangers v Penycae 2-1
First time back here for many years. A railed pitch in a sports field. Hawarden is a pleasant village at the best of times and on a sunny early evening was a good option. The ground is near the high school towards the Ewloe end of the village which the locals refer to as Panarlag for some reason to distinguish it from the village centre (actually the Welsh name for Hawarden). No prog but they used to be regular issuers and a recent one was obtained. Tea bar was open. Andy was here among a few other hoppers.
 
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Thursday @ 19-45.
China 0 v 3 England.

Workers Stadium , Beijing.
Guo'an to Move Next Season as Workers' Stadium Begins 3-Year Renovations

65,000.

China - Ou Quliang , Wei Qun , Xu Hone , Fan Ziyi , Li Hong Ju , Xie Yuxing , Jiang Feng , Ma Mingyu , Li Bing , Gao Fen , Hao Haidong.
Subs - Gao Zhangxun for Fen , Peng for Bing , Mi Ling for Yuxing.
Manager - Qi Wusheng.


England - Tim Flowers , Gary Neville , Phil Neville , Jamie Redknapp , Tony Adams , Gareth Southgate , Nick Barmby , Paul Gascoigne , Alan Shearer , Steve McManaman , Darren Anderton.
Subs - Ian Walker for Flowers , Robbie Fowler for Shearer , Peter Beardsley for Barmby , Ugo Ehiogu (RIP) for Adams , Steve Stone for McManaman.
Manager - Terry Venables .

Referee - Pierluigi Collina (Bologna ,Italy).

original Official programme for the friendly International match China V England, the game was played on 23 May 1996 in Beijing.


This Far East tour of China / Hong Kong was supposed to be a relaxing warm up for the European Championship Finals in England.

This opening game in Beijing was a walk in the park for England with 2 goals from Barmby and the third from Gazza who really enjoyed it . Gazza was the star man running the show , he tired in both halves , probably in need of a drink or 7.
There could have been many more goals , comments to the press post game included ''We'll have it easier on Sunday''.

The crowd were enthusiastic and not very complimentary on the walk to our coach after the game with the local Ultras seeming to know many derogatory chants and lots of swear words in English of course.
Pre game it was all interviews for TV / Radio for our party with a celebration meal put on for us in a local restaurant and a welcome by a local dignitary , all live on TV , I declined interviews and just helped myself to the free local beer (nats piss) and the food (pigeon feet / sliced tomatoes in a mountain of sugar) if it wasn't for the nats pee I'd have walked.

Did the touristy trip with the 13 strong party the day before the game , the Wall and then the Forbidden City. Obviously I was the one that walked less than anyone else on the Wall , going up the steps by the entrance was enough for me , much too hilly and steep in places. Most of the England football party seemed to be enjoying it with all the leeches (press) in tow. (Gazza was missing).
Enjoyed the Forbidden City though.

Also went for a walk in the evening after the Wall trip with about 6 of the group and an evening meal , within 200 yards of our 5 star hotel in Beijing we called in at a local café , with no menu in English and no one to translate a couple of us were invited into the kitchen to pick our meal. I'm afraid I didn't stay long , just the one beer . The food in the kitchen was still alive and looking uneatable , really put me off , dogs , chickens , eels , crabs etc.
It's nice to see the real life and not what tours show you.


27 x games (26 / 1 x Summer), I x double , 2 x 0-0's. (19 x foreign).


Parabrisas | Bonnie y Clyde: Cómo era el auto que los llevó rumbo ...Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, c. 1933 | Storia, Foto vintage
 
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1986/87 Charlton Athletic 1 Leeds Utd 0 (16,680) 1st Div Play Off Final (1st Leg) @ Selhurst Park
2018/19 Anorthosis 2 Panathinaikos 0 (170) KOPA Challenge Cup Final @ Haringey Borough
 

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Just this game
1992 – Blackpool 1 Scunthorpe 1 (AET) Division 4 play-off final, Wembley
(Blackpool won 4-3 on pens)
 

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By this date I have usually switched to watching cricket - for which I have never kept any records. One football match has emerged however:

2009: Essex Olympian League Division 2 - Southminster St Leonards 3 - 1 Sungate - Att: 106
I'm fond of Southminster as a place. The railhead gives access to some marvellous walking country and good rural pubs - It's a favourite summer destination of mine. I never imagined though that I might one day watch football here on the public recreation ground. Very few matches were taking place today that I was aware of and this fixture drew groundhoppers from far and wide. Somebody had requested that a one-off match programme be produced and the home club came up trumps with a pleasing, small-format publication. Sungate had, I think, already won the Division Two championship by this point and did not take the game too seriously.
 

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1981.
British Championship.
England 0 Scotland 1.
Adm. £11 (South Terrace Seat)
Prog. 60p.
Att. 90,000.
The inebriated hoards were sent homewards with victory courtesy of a John Robertson penalty (and to think I went to this man's testimonial a year earlier!!)

1999.
Serie A.
Inter 3 Bologna 1.
Adm. L 38.000.
Prog. None.
Att. 62,705.
A rather subdued atmosphere at this one which was probably something to do with the Milan win at Perugia which handed them the title after Lazio had given it away the previous week with failure to win at Fiorentina.

Much has been made of attendances on this excellent thread and the following morning at Linate I bought a La Gazzetta delllo Sport which gave the crowd at Inter as 48,000 which is a rather big difference to the one I got later. I'm not sure if either of them are near the mark but went with the one without a host of zero's after it.
 

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Monday 23-May-94 at Cams Alders-
Cowes Sports 0-2 Winchester City-
Hampshire League Trophyman Cup Final

Tuesday 23-May-95 at Magna Road-
Hamworthy Engineering 8-0 Parley Sports-
Dorset Combination

Thursday 23-May-13 at Okeford Fitzpaine Recreation Ground-
Okeford United 0-3 Upwey & Broadwey-
Dorset Senior League
 

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Saturday 23rd May 2009
St Mirren 0 Hamilton Academical 1 (HT 0-1)
Scottish Premier League (12.30)
Admission £10 (half-price offer)
Attendance 6,747 (360 away)
Programme £2.50 (56pp)


I’ve been to Paisley twice. My first visit, in 1989, was to see St Mirren play at Love Street (a goalless draw with Hibernian); the second, 20 years later, to tick Buddies’ new ground. On both occasions, it rained and rained then rained some more. Clearly, I’m destined never to see this town at its best.

In 2009, pot-holed Murray Street separated the sites of old and new. Love Street was still standing, so I went to have a look. Shrouded in mizzle, a picture of padlocked dereliction and decay, it was a sad sight. Is there anything more depressing than a sporting corpse? Though initially destined to become a supermarket, the Love Street site, bought by a retailer for a reported £15m, is now houses.

The new stadium, at Ferguslie Park, north Paisley, an odd mix of the residential and the industrial, did little to raise spirits. It was built, for £8m, by Ayrshire-based Barr Construction, responsible for other aesthetic disappointments used by Airdrieonians, Clyde and Dumbarton. St Mirren had no alternative but to relocate after more than a century at Love Street. The cash generated from its sale enabled them to clear crippling long-term debts which threatened liquidation. Buddies were struggling to adapt to their new surroundings: after this defeat, they still hadn't won a league match at Greenhill Road since opening the doors on January 31st, for a 1-1 draw against Kilmarnock.

Teams:

St Mirren: Howard, Ross, Barron, Cuthbert, Haining, Mason, Murray, Dorman, Thomson, Brady (O’Donnell, 83), Mehmet. Subs (not used): Mathers, Potter, Wyness, McAusland, McGinn, Camara.

Hamilton Accies: Murdoch, Mensing, Easton, McLaughlin, Canning, Neil, McArthur, McCarthy (Gibson, 83), Lyle, Thomas, Offiong (Corcoran, 73). Subs (not used): Potter, Swailes, McGowan, Taylor, Evans.

Thankfully, a fairly lively match was more interesting than the drab venue and weather. St Mirren would be relegated only if they lost by three clear goals and Falkirk won at Inverness Caley Thistle. News of a Bairns goal in the Highlands, coupled with Hamilton taking the lead in Paisley, left the Buddies faithful visibly anxious. That tension was maintained to the final whistle of a helter-skelter encounter because Accies, wearing a Brazil-style kit, always looked capable of scoring on the break while the home team rarely menaced despite neat approach play.

At the end, Accies players, thrilled by a rare away win, celebrated with their small band of supporters, throwing shirts into the crowd. It was the first time a Hamilton side had not been relegated to the First Division 12 months after securing promotion. St Mirren, who stayed up on goal difference, directed half-hearted applause towards fans mostly happy to ignore them.

Hamilton, the last team to a lose a Scottish Premier League game at Love Street, the previous December, led from the 27th minute, after Buddies trio Garry Brady, David Barron and Andy Dorman had gone close. Brian Easton swung a corner into the guts of the penalty area and Simon Mensing made the net bulge with an unstoppable header. Brady had two chances to level before the break but could not capitalise on either.

Accies continued to look the better side early in the second half. Only a point-blank save from Mark Howard prevented Joel Thomas doubling the Lanarkshire men's advantage. But St Mirren bossed the last 20 minutes. Hamilton’s Sean Murdoch reacted brilliantly to tip over a back-post Billy Mehmet volley after Dorman's cross had found him unmarked then substitute Stephen O'Donnell was fractionally over with a drive from inside the penalty area. However, the spectacle petered out as it became increasingly obvious Terry Butcher's Inverness were doomed to the drop.

Buddies manager Gus MacPherson told the BBC: “We don't want to be in this kind of situation every season in the SPL. There’s a board meeting on Monday and the only way we can move forward is if we get investment in the team. We appreciate how tough it is to move forward but we have to look to do that and that’s the plan. The positive we take is that we’re still in the SPL and we've got to learn from it.” St Mirren's present manager would probably voice the same sentiments!

Other sports:

Cricket at Foss Evening League Ovington (2018). Very pleasant ground, opposite York’s chav magnet racecourse. On a glorious evening, the Little Knavesmire setting provided a visual treat. In the T20 format, Ovington (161-7) beat Third Division rivals Stillingfleet (160-3) by three wickets. Pete Kelly was 79 not out for the hosts while Fleet’s Phil Corfield hit 51.

Sheffield Tigers 58 Workington Comets 32 (2002, speedway, Premier League). Despite operating r/r for the absent Simon Stead, Tigers coasted to a routine victory, their sixth 50-plus score of the season. Sean Wilson (17+1, a third straight Owlerton maximum), Lee Complin (13+3) and Scott Smith (10) led their scoring. No Comet managed double figures. The visitors provided just four heat winners. 2002 was one of several seasons in and around the millennium during which Sheffield gave away fold out racecards with admission, rather than selling a proper programme. They were crap, to be honest.

Middlesbrough Bears 50 Hull Vikings 45 (1996, speedway, Premier League Knockout Cup, First Round, Second Leg). Victory for Bears on the night but a 90-101 aggregate defeat. The presence in the pits of the legendary Eric Boocock, a former Bear and ex-England team manager, couldn’t inspire the hosts to claw back a large first leg deficit. ‘Booey’ was hired as an untitled consultant during the club’s last season. Bears heat leader Martin Dixon said: “Eric commands respect. He may not have ridden for a long time but has been involved and knows the score. He’s seen and done it all. You’ve got to listen to someone like that.” ‘Dicko’ managed only three points from four rides. Bears skipper Shane Parker (14+1) was paid for the lot. Hull’s Nigel Crabtree, 16 from six, was the top scorer.
 

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Much has been made of attendances on this excellent thread and the following morning at Linate I bought a La Gazzetta delllo Sport which gave the crowd at Inter as 48,000 which is a rather big difference to the one I got later. I'm not sure if either of them are near the mark but went with the one without a host of zero's after it.
I know that at the time, Gazzetta would show two figures for attendance, firstly the number of season ticket holders, and then the number that bought tickets. You needed to add them together to get an actual attendance (which would of course include season ticket holders who are not there). It seems plausible that the 48,000 is the number of season ticket holders, leaving a perfectly reasonable 14,705 paid admissions.
 

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I know that at the time, Gazzetta would show two figures for attendance, firstly the number of season ticket holders, and then the number that bought tickets. You needed to add them together to get an actual attendance (which would of course include season ticket holders who are not there). It seems plausible that the 48,000 is the number of season ticket holders, leaving a perfectly reasonable 14,705 paid admissions.
That sounds like a very reasonable explanation. Only on here Leo, only on here. Thanks 👍
 

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Wednesday 23 May 1979
England 0-0 Wales

Attendance: 70,220
Prog: 20 pages, 30p

Awful game. I was in London on a week-long school trip to Crystal Palace where we played various sports during the day and must have done a bit of culture as well. I don’t think this will game have counted as either.

We arrived late, crawling through the streets near Wembley as we listened to the game on the radio. Once inside, I realised we had a better view on the radio. We were on the appalling lower tier and only 7 or 8 rows from the front. Every time something interesting happened we had the trickle effect of people at the front standing up, those behind following etc. Unfortunately, we had a teacher behind us who presumably lacked awareness of anything more than 3 feet around him and told us in no uncertain terms that we had to remain seated as we were blocking his view.

After the game some girls at the back of our bus seemed to be attracting the attention of some young Welshmen and, as their bus slowly moved past us in the Wembley car park, we were greeted by the sight of three bare arses pressed up against the window. Much hilarity ensued, except from our teachers who turned the interior lights off, told us not to make a sound for the rest of the journey and made a big thing of loudly telling each other that they’d noted the registration number of the offending vehicle and would report the matter to the police. Fun times.

The prog included a couple of adverts for programme dealers, a half page ad for Kevin Keegan’s ‘Head over heels in love’ (limited edition available in colour bag), and a full page ad for Kent’s Nonington College, which offered degrees in sports studies, dance and ‘general subjects’.

Tuesday 23 May 1995
Massey-Ferguson 1-0 Sphinx

Midland Combination Division 1
Attendance: 230-ish
Prog: decent 28 page issue

Can’t imagine I was the only hopper at this one.

There was a time, just a few years before this game, when Coventry sides eschewed the Mid Comb and West Mids leagues in favour of the Coventry Alliance, but this changed in the early 90s when about half a dozen sides jumped ship. Masseys won div 2 at the first attempt and then won div 1 in 94/5, securing promotion to the top division. They'd won 2-0 at Sphinx only 7 days earlier and would end the season two points ahead of their city rivals, so I guess these games proved to be the championship deciders.

The Banner Lane ground was decent for this level. I remember there being a large car park and you possibly entered the ground through the back of the covered enclosure. The pitch was fully railed and the club buildings were behind the goal to the right. Masseys dropped out of the Mid Comb about a decade ago but I believe the ground still exists and presumably has hosted Coventry Alliance games during this time.
 

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The usual mixed bag.

1978 - White Horse v Rosemount (Jack Walker Cup Quarter Final) - linesman. Another offering from Market Road Astroturf.
1979 - Market Road again (should have stayed overnight as I'd been there in yesterday's post). Playing for Islington Referees against a league managers team. They won 4-3 but I got on the score sheet (at the right end!).
2004 - I remember the County FA were slightly upset about how this game was arranged and officials appointed, I don't know how I got it either!
Rover Oxford LFC v Reading Royals LFC (SW Combination Ambassadors Cup Final) - linesman. Played at Days Park, Swanage.
 

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1983/84 Spurs 1 RSC Anderlecht 1 (46,205) UEFA Cup Final (2nd Leg) (Spurs won 4-3 on pens)
Also at this one..............

One of my favourite football memories.
 

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2009 L2 Play off final at Wembley Att 53000+ Admission £26 (top tier)
Gillingham 1 - 0 Shrewsbury T.

A long day involving overnight coaches from Cornwall and back.
Not the greatest of games, but ultimately the right result, when Simeon Jackson scored from a corner in the 90th minute at the 'Gills' end.
This was doubly memorable, as it was my 45th birthday and i won a 45/1 bet, when the goal went in.
It certainly beat standing in a Cornish field, while our bowling attack was conceding 300+ on a very warm day.
Had a few shandies near Wembley Park tube after the game, and then a few more, nearer to Victoria coach station, before the 23.00 departure.
 

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Sunday May 23rd 1999
Scottish Premier League
St Johnstone v Dundee, 1-0, H.T. 0-0, Att 10,575
At McDiarmid Park

St Johnstone’s move from Muirton Park out to McDiarmid Park never really worked for me. I loved Muirton and detested the new ground. I didn’t like having to sit down, I resented not being able to wander freely and chat to different people, I didn’t like the fact that you couldn’t walk to the ground from the town at 2.30. There were very few occasions when McDiarmid Park hit the spot and this game was one of them.

Third place in the Scottish League was at stake for Saints. That was something they had only ever achieved once previously, back in 1970/1. Rangers were already Champions, Celtic were second and it was between Saints and Killie to see who would finish third. However, the real significance was the one guaranteed UEFA Cup spot. Killie travelled to Ibrox on this final Sunday with Saints at home in a local derby against Dundee. Killie were a point ahead with 55 to Saints 54. The Ayrshire side had the superior goal difference. Put simply Saints had to win and Killie had to draw or lose. Saints hadn’t played in Europe since 1971/2 so the incentive was clear.

There was a capacity crowd of over 10,000 that day. It wasn’t all-ticket and the gates had to be locked with hundreds more outside. How Saints would love that scenario now. St Johnstone v Dundee was the big derby for Perth followers – less so for the Dundee fans who had their own intra-juteopolis fixture to contest.

Teams:
Sainties: Alan Main, John McQuillan, Stef McCluskey, Danny Griffin, Gary Bollan, Kieran Halloran, Paul Kane, John O’Neil, Nathan Lowndes, Nick Dasovic, Miguel Simao. Subs Kieran McAnespie and Paddy Connolly.
Coagies: Rab Douglas, Willie Millar, Barry Smith, Brian Irvine, Lee Maddison, Gavin Rae, Hugh Robertson, Steven Boyack, James Grady, Willie Falconer, Ian Anderson. Subs Graham Bayne, Sean McSkimming

With the half time score at Ibrox being one each, Saints knew they had to go for it. P:eek:rtugese Miguel Simao led the line effectively but Saints had to rely on Alan Main to keep the scoreline level. It was former Hibee Paul Kane who broke the deadlock with a well-placed headed goal in the 72nd minute. Saints should have gone two up when Simao missed a gimme but they held on to win 1-0.

I was in the Main Stand for this one courtesy of a pre-arranged comp. The sense of achievement for Saints at the end of the game was emotional.

Qualification for Europe meant a lot and after being Vaasa of Finland, Saints hit the big time in the second round. They drew Monaco. Defeated in the first leg in the Principality, Saints put on a good show at home to draw 3-3 with their wealthy visitors.

 

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Just the one game for me on this date, and it came last season:

2019
Coventry Telegraph Cup Final
Coventry Copsewood 3-2 Triumph Athletic (at Ricoh Arena)


My only previous visits to the Ricoh had been for Rugby League, so a first football tick.

The first half was a somewhat cagey affair. Copsewood, from the Midland League, had more possession and territory than their Coventry Alliance opponents, but defences were on top. It took a somewhat dubious penalty decision on 42 minutes to break the deadlock. From my seat, the foul looked to be outside of the area, but a penalty was given, and Triumph's number 7 scored from the spot.

Copsewood thought they had equalised with almost the last kick of the half, but the flag went up for offside. It took just 3 minutes after the interval for the equaliser though. Number 10 outpaced the defence down the right and lashed a fierce shot into the far corner.

On 62 minutes, Copsewood's number 3 curled a free kick in off the post to give them the lead, and the game looked to be won on 88 minutes. Number 10, with an almost identical run and finish to his first goal

Triumph came back with a second goal on 90 minutes, number 10 scoring, but there was no time for an equaliser.

The senior final was preceded by a schools final. Had I known this beforehand, I may have sneaked out of work early to watch that too.
 

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