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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23160 on: May 23, 2020, 10:07:04 PM »
9 years ago this very day they played their last ever top flight game.


They love keeping count of how long since we won a trophy. I am glad they continue to enjoy so much pleasure over a trophy they won pretty much a decade ago because f*ck all has gone right for them since the final whistle went in that game at Wembley.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23161 on: May 24, 2020, 04:24:39 PM »
Nine years without top-flight football -just beating our worst-ever spell from 1967-1975.

You see, Small Heath have won again!

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23162 on: May 24, 2020, 05:16:58 PM »
Nine years without top-flight football -just beating our worst-ever spell from 1967-1975.

You see, Small Heath have won again!

Good work.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23163 on: May 25, 2020, 11:49:22 AM »
9 years ago this very day they played their last ever top flight game.


That would have made it 9 years and five minutes since Craig 'True Blue' Gardner put in his transfer request in the dressing room straight after the game  ;)

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23164 on: May 25, 2020, 12:37:10 PM »
There's some fascinating social history in here:

http://thebirminghampress.com/2020/05/some-of-our-yesterdays/

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23165 on: May 25, 2020, 01:21:58 PM »
A mate and myself were in London that weekend so we're looking for something to do until the evening sessions started.  We noticed that Blues were playing the Arse (I think we'd been knocked out ) so decided to go.  I thought we'd witnessed their demise but Vowden popped up with that last minute equaliser, it almost spoiled a good weekend.

To my eternal shame I went to the replay on the Tuesday night, I think I may still have the programme somewhere.  I also went to the semi-final against the Albion, went with the Old Man, talk about confusion, we didn't know who we wanted to lose most.  It was like someone had put us in a barrel and told us to piss in the corner.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23166 on: May 25, 2020, 02:15:59 PM »
A mate and myself were in London that weekend so we're looking for something to do until the evening sessions started.  We noticed that Blues were playing the Arse (I think we'd been knocked out ) so decided to go.  I thought we'd witnessed their demise but Vowden popped up with that last minute equaliser, it almost spoiled a good weekend.

To my eternal shame I went to the replay on the Tuesday night, I think I may still have the programme somewhere.  I also went to the semi-final against the Albion, went with the Old Man, talk about confusion, we didn't know who we wanted to lose most.  It was like someone had put us in a barrel and told us to piss in the corner.

I loved the police recruitment advert.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23167 on: May 25, 2020, 04:29:36 PM »
It all went wrong when Keith Coombs spent a fortune luring Ron Saunders from Villa. What should have been a real coup and a chance to overtake Villa went wrong because after allegedly doubling Saunder's wages to lure him there they had no money for decent players. They were relegated in 1984 under Saunders and despite bouncing straight back were relegated under Saunders/John Bond in 1986 along with being beaten at home by Altrincham. They then had Walsall owner Ken Weldon taking over and turning all the lights off to save money. They then had the comedy of The Kumars at B9 before they moved to number 42. Also, who can forget the worlds richest prison hairdresser Carson Yeung and all of the BCFC themed bars/restaurants he opened to make them the the most popular club in the Far East. They then had Harry Redknapp saving them from the relegation drop but at the same time managing to lose them a fortune quicker than even Davina had ever seen on the million pound drop. They now have Trillion Trophies Asia in charge. However so far no trophies but still a trillion questions about who they are and how much money they actually have.






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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23168 on: June 01, 2020, 09:55:18 AM »
There's a lovely picture on Facebook of the then Princess Elizabeth visiting Villa park back in 1951 (my dad was there). I think you can guess which team's supporters added some sarcastic comments. They just live and breathe our every move don't they?

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23169 on: June 04, 2020, 05:30:39 PM »
They call us historians yet their top thread at the minute is their greatest moment since 1963.  A win over the European Champions on Boxing Day 1982.   The irony of talking about attendances is right here;

It was the 27th yes but it was officially "Boxing Day" because the 26th had fallen on a Sunday.

I was only 16 at the time and remember getting into the ground shortly after 2pm. There must have been 30k in already at that time. No way were there "only" 43,864 there that day. Closer to 50k I reckon, I've never known such a crush on the terraces. And to think it wasn't even all ticket!!

A few days later we drew 2-2 with Man City and the crowd had shrunk to 16k!

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23170 on: June 04, 2020, 07:42:33 PM »
The ‘historians’ thing always makes me laugh. If in some parallel universe Small Heath, Albion or Wolves had won the European Cup, would they have said to each other on 27th May 1982 ‘Last night was great, but now we must never speak of it again.’?

Offline Damo70

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23171 on: June 04, 2020, 09:38:36 PM »
Some Albion fans are still celebrating beating Valencia in a third round UEFA Cup tie in 1978 and a third division play off final win against Port Vale in 1993. Some Small Heath fans are still celebrating two Leyland Daft Windscreen Wiper Trophy wins against Tranmere and Carlisle in 1991 and 1995. However they don't think we should ever celebrate becoming champions of England and Champions of Europe in the eighties. Twats!

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23172 on: June 04, 2020, 09:52:34 PM »
This bit of harmless fun was with a Stripey, but it works just as well with any local inferior. 

"Yow'm always on abaht 1982 yow lot am."

"Why, what happened then?"

"Yow won the European Cup."

"Pardon?"

"Yow won the European Cup."

"Pardon?"

"Am ya deaf? I said yow won the European Cup."

"I heard you first time. I just wanted to keep hearing you say it."

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23173 on: June 04, 2020, 09:54:53 PM »
On social media, claims from our inferiors that we never shut up about 1982 outnumber comments from Villa fans mentioning 1982 by several orders of magnitude.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #23174 on: June 04, 2020, 10:18:16 PM »
On social media, claims from our inferiors that we never shut up about 1982 outnumber comments from Villa fans mentioning 1982 by several orders of magnitude.

On any form of media (radio, social or otherwise) comments from our inferiors about us outnumber comments from Villa fans full stop.

 


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