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Offline Pat McMahon

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Re: Date of your first visit to Villa Park
« Reply #90 on: January 12, 2018, 07:00:01 PM »
27 January 1968 I think - lost 1-0 at home to Rotherham in the cup. My dad put me on his shoulders and got me in for free in the Trinity Road enclosure as was the way n those days.

You got me searching the records Pat. As mentioned earlier in the thread this was my first game also and I have little recollection of the football but loads about the ground and crowd! Anyway the date was 17th Feb 1968 .It was the 4th round of the FA Cup. Tommy Doc was their manager at the time (something else I had never linked before) so I guess Brian Tyler was playing for them. We lost to a goal five minutes from time scored at the Holte End by Jim Storrie. I stood at the front of the Holte in line with the goal post so must have had a close up view of my first live Villa disappointment! By contrast nearly a quarter of a century later I took my eldest son to his first ever game,  stood in exactly the same spot and Cyrille Regis scored for us at the Holte End within a minute- my lad thought it was always going to be like that!

Crikey just realised -it's 50 years up in a few weeks!!!!

Cheers GB., I didn't know the date. Like you I don't recall the football but being on my dad's shoulders at the back under the roof, the noise and the smells. I also recall a really friendly copper asking if i was enjoying it.

I have been a Holte Ender since the mid 70s but adored that walk into the Trinity Road car park  and under the main staircase as a nipper, even when they put seats in the enclosure. It was like entering Santa's grotto. Knocking the old Holte down was very sad but the day the Trinity was destroyed was the day that the real Villa Park disappeared for me. The Holte was the largest end in England and fantastic on its day, but the Trinity was unique in its beauty.

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Re: Date of your first visit to Villa Park
« Reply #91 on: January 13, 2018, 12:31:02 AM »
I think I may have been at a Spink testimonial but not as early as that. Maybe he had two?
He definitely had one around 88/89. I remember the programme had Spink and, for some reason, Jimmy Greaves in Villa kits on the front cover.

Offline SirSteveUK

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Re: Date of your first visit to Villa Park
« Reply #92 on: January 13, 2018, 02:12:40 AM »
First Cardiff City December 1959 as a nine year old taken there by a Welsh Supporting  Villa Fan and neighbor Billy Hodges. I remember it being cold and fogey and Gerry Hitchens scoring.  Was on the Witton End ,and if Memory serves me well the 2 goals were scored at the holte end.  I have only been to one game this season Hull City at home  moved to Australia in August hope to get back to Villa Park in the future ,it's been a roller coaster ride ,when we get it right the pleasure it brings is immense UTV

SNAP - same match - I was 10 - was taken by my Dad - who wasn't ? - and he told me to go down the front and peer through the railings at the Witton End. The things you remember  - stepping back from the railings when a player came to collect the ball - they were giants in my eyes.     

And now we are half a world away from each other....LOL                                       

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Re: Date of your first visit to Villa Park
« Reply #93 on: January 13, 2018, 02:25:31 AM »
March 1997.

0-0 v West Ham.

Snap! Jon Penlington (of the old mailing list) arranged for a welcome to be read for me at half time.