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I’ll always love filbo. Got my ST in 97, so I was lucky enough too see some great years at filbo. Granted I was only about 7-8 so I can only remember snippets. First game was a loss to Wimbledon, but I still fell in love with the place. I used to love walking up the stairs, to see the glow from the old score board just peer over the horizon as to approached the top. I definitely don’t get the same feeling at the KP, but that’s probably because I’m not 8 years old anymore and off my tits on skittles. 
 

Old grounds had charm about them, they were crude stunk of piss and we’re probably hellishly unsafe, but who gave a shit about anything in the 90’s.

 

One memory that sticks out to me was the game V Palace in the cup, when Theo Zagorakis went in goal, don’t know why that sticks but for whatever reason it does. I’ve got boxes and boxes of programmes from 97-2001 in the loft, such a shame there was nothing put up after it was taken down. 

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My Grandad lived in Filbert Street and sent his Mum and Dad a post-card from the trenches in France to Filbo, in WW1 where he served as a young man. Sends a shiver down my spine everytime I read it, pride of place as my bookmark in Of Fossils & Foxes. They must have lived there when the ground was built?

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First game was 11th Feb 61 against Newcastle. We sat in the double decker and won 5-3. A couple of weeks earlier we had beaten Manu 6-0.

Later on I was there as a kid for an attendance of over 40,000. I remember we all had to go over the wall and sit on the touchline. No elf and safety in those days. You had to get there early if you wanted a place on the wall otherwise you saw nothing if you were little. Entertainment was the Loughborough Town Band and a selection of Souza marches.

There was always a real crush going out, everyone pushing so hard your feet left the ground as you funnelled through the exit gates.

 

Great memories.

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Pretty sure the all stars game was a draw and settled with pens but that's from nothing but memory. 

 

I think Tom Williamson an academy grad I went to school with played too and I seem to remember him scoring the winning pen in the shootout but I may have made it all up tbh 🤣

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It had a ramshackle charm completely lacking now. A proper peoples' ground. Available to the entire population,  and better for it. 

Football mirrors society,  and we now live in a safer, blander more money-conscious world. Modern stadiums reflect that of course. 

The game's probably better now,  it's debatable, but we've lost something precious. 

Something that's not coming back. 

 

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Wonderful memories. Standing by the tunnel watching Rodney Fern playing for Rotherham when he was calling to a team mate who couldn’t hear him but we could, so we all joined in.

Standing in pen 3 v Liverpool and it was so full I took my feet off the ground when there was a crowd roll.

The 3 3 draw with Arsenal, three goals in injury time and Walshy goading Ian Wright as they left the pitch. 
Happy days!

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3 hours ago, RobHawk said:

I remember getting up at 5am and queing at the turnstiles to get Wembley tickets. Good times.

I remember being a 12 year old and my dad making me do this for the Blackburn play off game. Looking back I think I probably could have stay at home with my mum but it was a bit of character building and I love telling my 40 something year old mates The story. 

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