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Offline Villafirst

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41 years ago today.....
« on: December 15, 2017, 07:19:23 AM »
As history goes, probably the greatest 45 minutes ever for Villa. 5-1 up at Half-time against Liverpool was unreal. Anyone there that night?
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Offline Scratchins

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2017, 07:46:41 AM »
I was there in my season ticket seat in Lower Trinity. A friend came and stood on Boot Hill (the Witton End) with the Liverpool fans - you could in those days. At half time one of their fans went onto his knees. His mates queried what he was doing "I'm praying" was the reply.
A night that will always live in the memory.

Online West Derby Villan

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2017, 09:33:57 AM »
I was there, we had a great team that season, but never in our wildest dreams did any of us believe that we would hammer the Liverpool team that would become the European Cup winners 6 months later.

Offline wittonwarrior

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #3 on: December 15, 2017, 10:17:51 AM »
I lived in London at the time and although  a  junior season ticket holder (in them days could use the Witton or the Holte) had to go to school so missed the match.

I hated Liverpool with a passion as it s a nightmare place to go , so was disspointed at the time.  It was no great surprise that we beat them and we only needed 45 minutes to do so.

Offline Andy_Lochhead_in_the_air

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
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Offline Holte132

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2017, 12:31:40 PM »
I wasn't there but my brother was playing chess at a club nearby - no idea what it was called - and when the cheers went up for the goals he assumed we were just cheering corners! But then, he supports Forest so what does he know!

Online DesBremner

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2017, 12:38:47 PM »
I wasn't but my Dad and my Uncle (both recently Holtenders in the Sky) were and I remember them telling me they were by a Liverpool fan who every time Spink caught the ball shouted "That's how you catch the ball Clemence"

Offline Villan For Life

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2017, 12:42:55 PM »
I wasn't but my Dad and my Uncle (both recently Holtenders in the Sky) were and I remember them telling me they were by a Liverpool fan who every time Spink caught the ball shouted "That's how you catch the ball Clemence"

I think Jake Findlay was in goal for us that night.

Online waringpongo

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2017, 12:46:26 PM »
I was there with my Dad, Uncle and cousin. It was some type of magic under those floodlights.
Pongo

Offline Fin Feds Dad

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2017, 02:03:53 PM »
I was there with my Dad, Uncle and Grandad - we sat in the Witton Lane for a treat and hardly sat down all match.

My Mom and Dad had a bit of a row before as I was supposed to be playing the second night of the Nativity play at my primary school, but Dad said 'The Villa come first' - thank God he did !

A truly magical night !!

Offline nigel

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2017, 05:31:20 PM »
I wasn't but my Dad and my Uncle (both recently Holtenders in the Sky) were and I remember them telling me they were by a Liverpool fan who every time Spink caught the ball shouted "That's how you catch the ball Clemence"

I think Jake Findlay was in goal for us that night.

He certainly was.

Liverpool just shut up shop for the second half otherwise I'm pretty sure we would have embarrassed them even more.

Online Pat McMahon

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2017, 06:02:37 PM »
I was there - it was a mind blowing performance, the best 45 minute spell i have ever seen from Villa. I was on the (mixed) Witton End too with my dad and remember no rancour or hassle from the Liverpool fans. Truth be told, at the end i was disappointed we hadn't scored a couple more.

Incredible that we beat them with Jake Findlay and Charlie Young in the team, so not even at full strength.

And 5 years ago today we beat them 3-1 away.

Offline nordenvillain

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #12 on: December 15, 2017, 06:13:56 PM »
As now, was living in the Manchester area and brought one of my housemates that was a Liverpool fan down in my car, met my brothers, stood on the Holte and enjoyed the most complete 45 minutes of football from the Villa that I have ever witnessed.  To his credit, my mate was very gracious in defest (He had to be, I was driving him back to Manchester !)

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #13 on: December 15, 2017, 06:23:48 PM »
We talked a non football supporting mate to come along at the last minute.He witnessed that magical first-half from our spot three quarters of the way up the Holte, participated in the deafening and prolonged ovation as the players left the pitch at half-time and then disappeared in search of his dad who was at the game. He's not been to a match since so presumably thinks it's like that every week!

Offline Villafirst

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Re: 41 years ago today.....
« Reply #14 on: December 15, 2017, 08:30:20 PM »
Dave Woodhall: were you there that night? If so, I'd love to hear your account of that first-half performance...