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I still hanker for those salad days - though I have no idea why! Staggering to think it was 40-50 years ago.



     



Pete, your golden age was representing FC Bellies all those years back P2 W2 D0 L0, what a team we were....





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I still hanker for those salad days - though I have no idea why! Staggering to think it was 40-50 years ago.



     



Pete, your golden age was representing FC Bellies all those years back P2 W2 D0 L0, what a team we were....



Oh how the Bard would have rejoiced at the cries of "Twat It!" ringing through the otherwise peaceful backdrop of Shirley Park. Happy days indeed.



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Evening all. Just resurfaced from the garden.
I can recall down at Blues in the 1970's. Uniform of the house when down the foota (as some of us called it back then) was silk scarves which were worn on the wrist, a la Bay City Rollers, Oxford Bags (Brutus in my case), remember them, and platform shoes. If I had any spare cash I sometimes had a copy of Lookin in my back pocket. And of course the excitement of waiting outside the newsagents for the Sports Argus delivery. Great times which will never return.
However, aside from Blues, one of my favorite foota moments was watching Sunderland beat Leeds United in the 1973 FA Cup Final. Bob Stokoe in his Columbo Mac and his Arfur Daly hat. Proper foota.
One if my over riding Blues memories was my first away game in the 1971-1972:season. Millwall. Explains a lot methinks.
Oh yeah. Being The Bard I never said "twat it". It was nearly always"Welly it".
I was soooo sophisticated. Lol.

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Just did a quiz on the BBC website about goalscorers from the FA Cup Finals. Shows my golden age that I know all the goalscorers from 84-99 instantly but not so much the last 10 years. Mind you the spelling of Aldridge, Allen, Bennett and Rush is easier than, well, some of the more recent goalscorers.

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Last season's scorers were Jesus, Sterling, Silver, and de Bruyne. I only remember that because it was 6-0. Very impressed that anyone can remember individual goalscorers on top of the winners and results.
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The one FA Cup Final goalscorer (winning goal as well) that always sticks in my memory was Bobby Stokes for Southampton against Manchester United in 1976. If my memory serves me correctly wasn't Alex Stepney in goal for Man U?
Also remember Gordon McQueen being almost inconsolable at the final whistle.
A bit like Sunderland 3 years earlier nobody gave Southampton a chance as they were in the old 2nd division at the time.
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My Golden Age is very specific and runs from 1982 to 1992. España 82 was the first World Cup tournament I can recall watching, particular highlights being when Algeria beat West Germany 2-1 in the group stage, Bryan Robson scoring for England after just 16 seconds against France, Gerry Armstrong’s beautifully struck goal against the hosts and the high scoring exploits of the best team in the tournament, Brazil. The semi-final against Italy was an outstanding contest with Paolo Rossi starring in their 3-2 win.

In the following decade I was absolutely 100% obsessed by the beautiful game even as it went through some horrific and turbulent times. 1985 was a particular low point for a variety of reasons which are well documented and overall match attendances decreased steadily until the end of the decade. That said on a more positive note, the FA Cup was generally given far more attention and credibility by all parties at that time and England performed very well at the WC in ‘86 and again in ‘90 although admittedly they were shockingly bad in the Euros of ‘88 and ‘92. Domestically aside from a few Danes, Dutch and Norwegians, the Division 1 clubs relied on home nations players. It’s hard to comprehend now with such saturated coverage, but the game just was not big box office, live matches were a real rarity but that was all about to change.....in a BIG way!?

I certainly wouldn’t say it was the day football died, if anything it’s the exact opposite in financial terms, but the dawn of the Premier league era, for me personally (with my rose-tinted specs firmly on) coincided with the game becoming much less visceral or enjoyable to watch compared to the old first division. Of course many exceptional players from across the globe have subsequently graced the league, but to be quite blunt in my opinion they have in the main been quite mercenary in their attitude and outlook and haven’t shown particularly great loyalty to anyone or anything except their wallets. The same goes for the exorbitantly wealthy foreign club owners who now dominate the national game, with honourable exceptions at the likes of Leicester City. Ultimately I suppose it has now become first and foremost a business, club loyalties and sportsmanship became secondary considerationa a long time ago. There are a sprinkling of cult heroes from overseas who have emerged in the PL era (Kinkladze, Di Canio, Dugarry) but not nearly to the same extent as the home grown characters who emerged in the 70’s and ‘80’s. The general standard of Stadium facilities and stewarding is a world away from the 1980’s and rightly so after the enormously harrowing tragedies at Bradford and Hillsborough, but by the same token I am also hoping that the introduction of safe standing in the near future will bring a certain edge back to the matchday atmosphere that has been progressively more muted over the last 25 years.
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Born in '77 but because I grew up in a purely rugby league town, nobody else in my family were football supporters (despite Liverpool and Manchester being just down the road) so I had to find my own way into football. That '85 season is the first one that I have vivid memories of for a variety of reasons. I distinctly remember watching footage of the Valley Parade fire and being horrified by it, not the kind of thing an 8-year-old is able to fully comprehend. I also remember watching the Heysel stadium tragedy unfolding on a portable black-and-white TV in our caravan during a half-term holiday to the Cotswolds. Bizarrely, I remember feeling most gutted that Liverpool lost the match, again because the off-the-pitch events seemed unreal to an 8-year-old. The day of the '85 Milk Cup final, I was taking part in some cub scout event in the morning and was bursting to get home to watch the match as it featured two unusual teams (Norwich and Sunderland) but my dad was helping run the event and took ages to get back to the car so we had to start listening to the match on the car radio on the way home.

I've now got a 5-year-old son of my own and he's big into the Moors. I'll be intrigued to ask him about his earliest football memories when he's an adult. He went to his first Moors games during the "great escape" season but he might have been too young to remember that in detail. Perhaps his golden era will be 2020-2030 when Jimmy Shan's Moors went storming up the leagues! 🤣
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Remember being taken to the Blues at an early age and like many of the kids back in those days, late sixties, being ferried to the front of the terrace and watching most games at pitch level. Had the old wool scarf and a rattle (probably considered a dangerous object in todays game) and no swearing, well at least not from the kids anyway. What really fascinated me as a lad was the size of the Kop at St.Andrews and after the game standing on the corner of the Cov Road watching the supporters pour out of the Kop like ants pouring out of an ant hill. Totally beguiled me. Making new friends and then establishing a 'base' on the terrace which I pretty much inhabited right up to the redevelopments of 1994. Witnessing the introduction of a young Trevor Francis and watching the likes of Hatton, Burns and Worthington grace the turf in subsequent years.
Football then got perhaps to sanitised and something went awry. You started to feel like a commodity rather than part of a family. It was my introduction to Moors Green in 1997 and onwards to the birth of Solihull Moors that rekindled that thing I lacked. The people, the characters, part of a family again.
I do sometimes think that The Toilet Gang would have been a good fit on The St Andrews Kop.
Ahh..nostalgia.
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Nostalgia ain't what it used to be. Only a few generations ago there'd be old-timers whose early football memories would've been the birth of the modern game. Weird to think that pretty much all spectator sport didn't really exist before the 1850s.

Rattles are obnoxious and I would happily see them banned for being so bloody irritating rather than on any safety grounds. One thing that surely nobody misses from the old days.
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