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Football before the Internet..

Discussion in 'General British Football' started by Super_horns, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. Super_horns

    Super_horns WATFORD Till I Die
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    Nailed it :laugh:
     
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    Anyone remember those phone numbers you could call to get the latest news on your club?
     
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    Super_horns WATFORD Till I Die
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    Club call wasn't it?
     
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    That's it yeah, couldn't think of the name of it. I also remember an early version of fantasy football played via post and paid for with postal orders
     
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    Dirk Wir kommen wieder!

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    Clubcall, league ladders, teletext and ceefax, local papers, and sports papers that came out the day of the game, sometimes missing goals because the report had been filed before the end (ours was The Pink).

    Going to games was way more important too as you didn't have as much coverage, and if you missed Match of the day you probably wouldn't see the goals again.

    It was dirt cheap to get in too, and the atmosphere was a million times better to what it is now. Plus you had very few plastics because it was hard to follow a team that wasn't local.

    Apart from the violence and crumbling grounds it was a million f*cking times better to what it is now, and i'd have it back in a shot.
     
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    I concur 100% (except our sports local was green).
     
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    Not to mention getting lost in random cities round the country because you didn't have google maps and like f*ck were the locals going to help you (plus you probably didn't want to ask them) :laugh:
     
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    Ah the crumbling town centres I've been asked the time in by local yobs looking for the opposition !
     
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    :laugh:

    That old trick, i think i fell for it once and never again. Also the folk who wanted to "shake your hand" and offered the left, the minute you took it the right caught you round the jaw :laugh:
     
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    Hiding in a sweet shop at Oxford, leaving the railway station at Hartlepool to see the pub across the road on fire, being chased through York, watching a game at Walsall as a riot was going on outside, away days were an adventure in the early 80's :smokin:
     
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    The Pink Echo, used to love that thing. Wall to wall paper full of football. The letters page was particularly a great read, it was when we first realised how bitter and obsessed our neighbours were about us ;)

    Watching the scores on Ceefax/Teletext or listening to games on the radio, you could listen to a 0-0 bore draw on the radio and the commentator would make it seem like a brilliant 5-5 draw.

    Still remember the days when the only live games, all season, would be the European Cup Final and the FA Cup Final, Cup Final Grandstand was brilliant (from about 12.30 till 5.30 just everything, even Its a knockout between the sets of fans, travelling on the coach, behind the scenes, etc) you could even watch cup finals including teams you hated and enjoy it. Apart from these two games nothing was shown live and you had no choice but to go the game.

    As Frannie said, the grounds were shitholes and you'd get treated like a scumbag by the coppers, but the game meant more back in those days, the atmosphere was electric, it was more a local thing, more tribal. You could go the game with a couple of quid in your pocket, no tickets, no club memberships or rip off ticket phone lines, if you needed a ticket for Everton, United or Cup big games you simply went the ticket office.
     
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    Ah happy days they were mate, ITV's World Of Sport was good as well and before that was Saint And Greavsie which was the best football show all week. I loved The Big Match on Sunday afternoons with the late Brian Moore as it showed lower divisions not just the old League1.
     
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    Yeah, I mention Grandstand but I probably watched ITV more, Frank Bough bored me to sleep :laugh: Dickie Davies was well better.

    Saint and Greavies, great stuff...how we miss these kind of characters hey? :( **** stats and pointless stuff, they used to just talk great football and the likes.
     
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    Still amazes me how the pink echo was outside the ground straight after the game with the results.

    Got a few late goals missing back then.
     
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    In the good old days of measles, beatles and 5 Boys Chocolate, life was a lot more structured and ordered - leaving room for more imaginative ways of adding a bit of spice and variety. We found out about new music through broadcasts from a converted tub anchored near the Isle of Man and collected bottle labels so that we could enter the Caroline Cash Casino.

    League Football kicked off at 3 p.m on saturday, except for very particular reasons. Tranmere only brought in their Friday night experiments in the 80s. I went to our first Northern Floodlit League matches, when we put in the floodlights at Holker Street (scheduled as "Reserve Matches" and our equivalent of the Trophy as proper football was played in daylight), against Non-League Wigan, high flying Southport, Carlisle and Stockport.

    Didn't need to worry about scores or results of away matches until you turned over from watching Jackie Pallo, Mick McManus and Billy Two Rivers grappling on ITV to watch the Grandstand Teleprinter at twenty to five. No local radio but the Pink Sports Final of the E'nin' Maaaayyyyyll was on the streets before six o clock.
     
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    Used to love the Sheffield Green 'Un, if i was at an away game and i came back through Sheffield/Doncaster etc. i'd stop and get one.

    Used to be a bloke at Sheffield Station who sold them.

    The "In off the post" was the forum of its day, Blades and Owls bitching at each other and Chesterfield/Barnsley/Rotherham getting the odd mention.
     
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    Remember staying behind after the game to hear the results? :laugh:
     
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