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Author Topic: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving  (Read 3930284 times)

Offline The Edge

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25110 on: January 25, 2021, 06:15:37 PM »
I posted on the Burnley match thread that i saw a table from 74-75 when they had an average crowd of 33,000
our average in the second division was 28,000 based on some low figures at the start of the year culminating in 57,000 for the last home game against Sunderland, although there were an estimated 10,000 Sunderland fans there
Can not be bothered to check but it would be an interesting table to see the year on year attendance figures.
That Sunderland game there were thousands locked out too. I think I saw an aerial photo once showing the streets around the ground being full of people who didn't get in the ground.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25111 on: January 25, 2021, 06:24:20 PM »
I posted on the Burnley match thread that i saw a table from 74-75 when they had an average crowd of 33,000
our average in the second division was 28,000 based on some low figures at the start of the year culminating in 57,000 for the last home game against Sunderland, although there were an estimated 10,000 Sunderland fans there
Can not be bothered to check but it would be an interesting table to see the year on year attendance figures.
That Sunderland game there were thousands locked out too. I think I saw an aerial photo once showing the streets around the ground being full of people who didn't get in the ground.

I was in the ground before 2.00 and the gates were locked shortly after 2.15. I always understood the estimated number locked out was over 10,000.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25112 on: January 25, 2021, 06:50:46 PM »
I posted on the Burnley match thread that i saw a table from 74-75 when they had an average crowd of 33,000
our average in the second division was 28,000 based on some low figures at the start of the year culminating in 57,000 for the last home game against Sunderland, although there were an estimated 10,000 Sunderland fans there
Can not be bothered to check but it would be an interesting table to see the year on year attendance figures.
That Sunderland game there were thousands locked out too. I think I saw an aerial photo once showing the streets around the ground being full of people who didn't get in the ground.

I was in the ground before 2.00 and the gates were locked shortly after 2.15. I always understood the estimated number locked out was over 10,000.

My Dad tells the tale at that game of an announcement being made along the lines of "if everyone in the Holte moves a couple of steps to the left we can fit a couple thousand extra in"

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25113 on: January 25, 2021, 07:03:26 PM »
I was at that game with my mate and I remember the size of the crowd but for the life of me I can't recall what time we got in and we were in our usual spot down the Witton and from memory we had plenty of room.  I just don't remember any of it, there were a fair few Sunderland fans down our end I know that.  I'm going to contact my mate to see what he remembers.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25114 on: January 25, 2021, 07:04:17 PM »




https://www.wsc.co.uk/the-archive/950-the-five-minute/2210-birmingham-city

Whilst trying to search for season ticket sales I came across this, full of the usual drivel they spout off

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25115 on: January 25, 2021, 07:21:34 PM »
Yeah we were some of the last to get in the Holte around 2 o’clock. Remember being one of the thousands on the pitch afterwards singing for Ron Saunders

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25116 on: January 25, 2021, 07:22:05 PM »
My mate(uncle) Doug insisted we had time for another pint in the Yenton in Erdington.Got to the ground and we were  locked out.This was the only game I missed that season.Got a season ticket the next season and have had one since.This present  team is the most exciting I have seen for forty years.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25117 on: January 25, 2021, 08:24:01 PM »
So the dirty bastard that goes by the name of Keiftenbeld has left Small Heath  for Millwall  I will always remember him for one thing ,every game  we played them he had one aim, try and cripple our Jack ,  He has gone from a club supported  byl thugs to a club famous for thugs, so he will feel at home

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25118 on: January 25, 2021, 08:25:42 PM »
You can’t blame him for wanting a move to a bigger club though.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25119 on: January 25, 2021, 08:25:46 PM »
Birmingham City v Grimsby Town, 02 May 1987

Score   1-0 to Birmingham City
Competition   League Division Two
Venue   St Andrew's
Attendance   4,457
Oh

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25120 on: January 25, 2021, 08:27:33 PM »
I was at that game with my mate and I remember the size of the crowd but for the life of me I can't recall what time we got in and we were in our usual spot down the Witton and from memory we had plenty of room.  I just don't remember any of it, there were a fair few Sunderland fans down our end I know that.  I'm going to contact my mate to see what he remembers.

Been chatting to my mate and he reckons we were never late for any game and that we would always be in any stadium including Villa Park early.  That's pretty much how I remember things but that Sunderland lock-out I can't recall.  My mate did say it was forty-six years ago FFS!

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25121 on: January 25, 2021, 08:33:20 PM »
Birmingham City v Grimsby Town, 02 May 1987

Score   1-0 to Birmingham City
Competition   League Division Two
Venue   St Andrew's
Attendance   4,457
Oh

This must be a fake stat. It’s highly implausible that they’d beat Grimsby.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25122 on: January 25, 2021, 08:36:37 PM »
I remember thousands  of Sunderland fans being locked out  of that game. It is the only time i have ever felt sorry for away fans  I was in the ground at 1 40 and it was pretty full then 

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25123 on: January 25, 2021, 08:42:01 PM »
So the dirty bastard that goes by the name of Keiftenbeld has left Small Heath  for Millwall  I will always remember him for one thing ,every game  we played them he had one aim, try and cripple our Jack ,  He has gone from a club supported  byl thugs to a club famous for thugs, so he will feel at home
I've got a soft spot for that bloke. They've had some awful midfielders playing against us but he was consistently up there as one of the worst, miles off the pace.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #25124 on: January 25, 2021, 08:45:35 PM »
That Sunderland game, I got locked out aged 10, my dad made it into the Holte as he had a ssn tkt. I managed to get in after the lockout as I hung around the Holte and my dad informed the stewards/police of my likely whereabouts. When we were re-united we weren't allowed onto the Holte as it was rammed. We were walked along the back of the Trinity to the Witton End where obviously there was a mix of Villa/Sunderland fans. We were stood by a group of Villa fans who opened a bottle of champagne and shared it with my dad celebrating the win and promotion. Happy days!

 


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