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What was the first Imps match you ever watched?
09 February 2018 20:15 Post ID: #779005 - in reply to #778782
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9th August 2003 is the first game that sticks into my head, I'd been to many previously but never remembered. Lost 1-0 to oxford
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09 February 2018 21:19 Post ID: #779082 - in reply to #778955
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Chesterimp - 9/2/2018 19:44

Boxing Day 1968, v Port Vale. Should have been a few days earlier v Bradford City, but I had a cold and wasn't allowed to go, we won 2-0 Bobby Svarc scored on his debut. Vale we lost 1-0, remember the big crowd(12,000); the noise from the South Park stand where they stamped their feet on the wooden floor; Gordon Hughes disappearing into the South Park terrace having put over a cross for big Norman.

Interestingly(!) with some of the other posts, 2nd match was the 0-0 v Rochdale later in the season, birthday treat - freezing cold, very foggy (think Oldham last season, for whole match) which made the atmosphere special, I was hooked.

First match I saw City score did inlcude a hat-trick, Ron Gray gave Rod Fletcher a go and he bagged 3 in a 4-1 win over Workington, and I had my first proper Imps hero.

I've just qualified for my concessionary ticket prices, I do feel old!


I was at all 3 of them, my first being shortly before, a 2-0 win v Chester.
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09 February 2018 21:53 Post ID: #779132 - in reply to #778942
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Impecunious - 9/2/2018 19:35

Imprest 1 - 9/2/2018 19:15

Friendly at the bank, Sheffield United '60 s got stuffed 0-4, Ron Springett in goal for United.


Sorry mate, either it wasn't Sheff U or it wasn't Ron Springett. Springett was an Owl. We did get hammered at home by the Blades in 1961, the year we went down from Div 2.


We did lose 4-0 at home to Sheffield United in the FA Cup in 1963/64 - maybe that was the game?
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09 February 2018 21:58 Post ID: #779135 - in reply to #779132
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Merthyr Imp - 9/2/2018 21:53

Impecunious - 9/2/2018 19:35

Imprest 1 - 9/2/2018 19:15

Friendly at the bank, Sheffield United '60 s got stuffed 0-4, Ron Springett in goal for United.


Sorry mate, either it wasn't Sheff U or it wasn't Ron Springett. Springett was an Owl. We did get hammered at home by the Blades in 1961, the year we went down from Div 2.


We did lose 4-0 at home to Sheffield United in the FA Cup in 1963/64 - maybe that was the game?


Well done Merthyr, their 'keeper would have been Alan Hodgkinson, also very well respected and an England International.
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09 February 2018 22:01 Post ID: #779138 - in reply to #779135
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Mick Jones (later to Leeds) was Sheff U's centre forward.
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09 February 2018 22:04 Post ID: #779140 - in reply to #778782
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Boxing day 1989 beat Cambridge 4-3, what a game!
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09 February 2018 22:05 Post ID: #779141 - in reply to #779135
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I imagine the first game I saw would have been a reserve match as my dad went to them all.

The first game I can remember with any certainty was the 4 - 4 draw with Grimsby in Sept 1958. Ron Rafferty scored all of the Mariners' goals. I think Glenn Cockerill's dad also played in that match.
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09 February 2018 22:22 Post ID: #779149 - in reply to #778955
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Chesterimp - 9/2/2018 19:44

Boxing Day 1968, v Port Vale.

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Another (semi) coincidence. My elder son's first Imps game was away at Port Vale on Boxing Day 1980; he had been in hospital in Burslem just before Christmas when the Vale squad visited, so he recognised most of the Vale team, and he grew up to follow Port Vale as his local team as a result of the two related events. Mark Chamberlain, who went on to play for England, was playing for Vale
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10 February 2018 00:42 Post ID: #779178 - in reply to #778782
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October 1965 against Bradford Park Avenue.
It was a Friday night and we walked down from where we then lived on Burton Road.
I was hooked there and then.
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10 February 2018 00:45 Post ID: #779180 - in reply to #778782
100 Colin Alcide
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The first I definitely remember was beating league leaders Northampton 3-1 in the 1987 relegation season.

The crowd did not like Peter Daniel! But they played a blinder and I was hooked.

Three games later we were a non-league team :(

Edited by graemetheexile 10/2/2018 00:47
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10 February 2018 01:16 Post ID: #779190 - in reply to #779135
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Impecunious - 9/2/2018 21:58

Merthyr Imp - 9/2/2018 21:53

Impecunious - 9/2/2018 19:35

Imprest 1 - 9/2/2018 19:15

Friendly at the bank, Sheffield United '60 s got stuffed 0-4, Ron Springett in goal for United.


Sorry mate, either it wasn't Sheff U or it wasn't Ron Springett. Springett was an Owl. We did get hammered at home by the Blades in 1961, the year we went down from Div 2.


We did lose 4-0 at home to Sheffield United in the FA Cup in 1963/64 - maybe that was the game?


Well done Merthyr, their 'keeper would have been Alan Hodgkinson, also very well respected and an England International.


Thanks for pointing that out. It must have been the 1963/64 FA cup game. I do remember the score being 0-4. I was quite young and the memory is hazy
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10 February 2018 03:54 Post ID: #779194 - in reply to #778782
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25th October 1980. Imps 8:0 Northampton.

i never saw the Bournmouth 9 0 game, so almost certainly it will remain the biggest win I witnessed (especially as i no longer live in England).
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10 February 2018 06:25 Post ID: #779200 - in reply to #778782
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First match for me was a loss to Carlisle at Sincil Bank. We went down 0-2 in 1988 and January the following year I emigrated to Perth Australia. Long time between drinks as my next match was a 2-2 draw with Macclesfield in 2005!
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10 February 2018 09:06 Post ID: #779213 - in reply to #778782
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The penultimate game of the 1980-81 season.

Lincoln City 2 Darlington 0

A family friend took me, sat in the St Andrews stand. Watched the final home game as well, which we won, can't remember who opposition were. Pitch invasion at the end after we finished runners up to Southend thus gaining promotion to the 3rd Division.
My dad bought me a season ticket the following year for St. Andrews, but after a few games of missing out on the rowdy atmosphere, I would go into St. Andrews then walk around to the Railway end and join in the fun.
Sadly can't make as many games now, but did see the 4-2 Posh match, and will be off to Wembley.
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10 February 2018 10:12 Post ID: #779226 - in reply to #778782
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My first match at Sincil Bank as a six year old was against Leicester City on the 27th March 1954, We won 3-1 but, I can't remember who scored, although I suspect Andy Graver might have as Leicester bought him the following season! I remember being passed over the heads of the crowd on the open terrace and sitting on the perimeter wall, which, seemed to be the norm in those days.
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10 February 2018 10:35 Post ID: #779234 - in reply to #779149
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stokeimp - 9/2/2018 22:22

Chesterimp - 9/2/2018 19:44

Boxing Day 1968, v Port Vale.

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Another (semi) coincidence. My elder son's first Imps game was away at Port Vale on Boxing Day 1980; he had been in hospital in Burslem just before Christmas when the Vale squad visited, so he recognised most of the Vale team, and he grew up to follow Port Vale as his local team as a result of the two related events. Mark Chamberlain, who went on to play for England, was playing for Vale


I was there too. It was a masterclass by Murph's Imps, the Chamberlain Bros looked to run riot in the 1st 10mins, but slowly and inevitably Peake and Thommo got them in their back pocket. If memory serves they were both substitued eventually. Was it Hobbo that scored the second half winner? I do remember Wayne Turner just keeping the ball in on the right touchline and pinging in a pearler of a cross for a far post tap in.

There was a similar performance the following season away at Eastville, what a great team that was.

Edited by The Electric Banana 10/2/2018 10:42
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10 February 2018 11:42 Post ID: #779259 - in reply to #779226
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WorcesterImp - 10/2/2018 10:12

My first match at Sincil Bank as a six year old was against Leicester City on the 27th March 1954, We won 3-1 but, I can't remember who scored, although I suspect Andy Graver might have .


Graver did score, also Johnny Garvie and Jimmy Munro.

As for myself, it would have been 1959 when I first saw City play, but I can't identify which matches I saw except for beating Liverpool 4-2 on 14th November as I still have the programme.

Edited by Merthyr Imp 10/2/2018 11:47
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