Supporters Club Just The Ticket

January 1, 2000

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Following on from the success of the Rovers v Manchester United 50th anniversary evening, we have heard many stories from those lucky enough to be there on that famous day in Rovers history.

Here’s one such story from a starry eyed youngster who thought his chance to see the game had gone…..

I was 15 years old when the mighty Manchester United came to Eastville, and was already a great fan of the Rovers, having first watched the team when I was 9 years old in 1949.

Unfortunately I had been unable to get a ticket for this game, so I did not think I would be able to see the match. My mother who must have been thoroughly fed up with my complaining about not being able to go to the game, suddenly produced a ten shilling note (50p), quite a sum of money back then, and told me to go and see if I could buy a ticket outside the ground. The actual ticket price was four shillings (20p), I think, so there was a chance that I would be able to purchase a ticket from a tout at a bit above cost price.

When I got to Eastville, the car par park and entrances were overflowing with fans, and I had no real idea where to go to see if I could buy a ticket. However, as I was walking past the little green hut which the supporters club used to have in the middle of the car park, a man came out and seeing me said, ” Are you looking for a ticket lad ?” ” Yes,” I replied, “How much ?” ” This is the Supporters Club”, he said, “and we do not make a profit on match tickets; so that will be four shillings to you”. I almost grabbed his hand off as I paid my money, and then dashed off into the ground. Talk about being in the right place at the right time, I couldn’t believe my luck! Somebody certainly smiled on me that day!!

The day got better and better as the Rovers side completely outplayed the mighty Man U, with Geoff Bradford spraying the ball to the wings away from the mud, whilst the England centre forward Tommy Taylor kept trying to use his strength to bulldoze his way through the middle of the pitch. Goals seemed to come at regular intervals, and it was only fitting that the great Geoff Bradford scored the last from the penalty spot to round off his ‘Man of the Match’ display. It was the most wonderful game of football, and I don’t think I have seen a better match in all my time watching Rovers. There was an added bonus for me as I was able to give my Mother six shillings change from the ten she had given me.

I will never forget that day and indeed the fact that the Supporters Club were there when I needed them most ,you can see that even then, the Supporters Club was playing a big part in helping fans watch our team as cheaply as possible. Long may it continue.

Mark Adams

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