Your first game watching Reading FC

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Gunny Fishcake » 14 Oct 2020 18:42

My Dad took me to Elm Park in 1965 for my first game a toddler , Reading v Brentford I think

Season ticket holder for 34 years and renewed this season , it's been a long bumpy journey !

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Royal & Ancient » 14 Oct 2020 19:06

1947/8. Season. No idea who they were playing but remember Bill Amor out of his Police uniform and Maurice Edelston who I was to meet many years later on the Tennis courts. I would be 15 then, entry in Tilehurst Road, 1 sh and 3 pence. Long time interest but too old and infirm to go now even if we could.

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by LUX » 15 Oct 2020 13:58

nice post, best wishes R&A.

That price seems expensive to me. I remember in the late 70's it was 22p to get into the Southbank.

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Sutekh » 15 Oct 2020 14:14

Royal & Ancient 1947/8. Season. No idea who they were playing but remember Bill Amor out of his Police uniform and Maurice Edelston who I was to meet many years later on the Tennis courts. I would be 15 then, entry in Tilehurst Road, 1 sh and 3 pence. Long time interest but too old and infirm to go now even if we could.


1/3 (1s 3d) to get in in 1947 - think that’s about 6p in decimal currency
22p to get in in, say, 1979

Isn’t that a rise of approximately 270% in 32 years?

Fleecing the fans even then :wink:

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by South Coast Royal » 15 Oct 2020 14:20

Royal & Ancient 1947/8. Season. No idea who they were playing but remember Bill Amor out of his Police uniform and Maurice Edelston who I was to meet many years later on the Tennis courts. I would be 15 then, entry in Tilehurst Road, 1 sh and 3 pence. Long time interest but too old and infirm to go now even if we could.


Thanks for posting R & A as I don't like being the most senior citizen on here having only followed Reading for 66 years.


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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Old Man Andrews » 15 Oct 2020 14:22

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Royal & Ancient 1947/8. Season. No idea who they were playing but remember Bill Amor out of his Police uniform and Maurice Edelston who I was to meet many years later on the Tennis courts. I would be 15 then, entry in Tilehurst Road, 1 sh and 3 pence. Long time interest but too old and infirm to go now even if we could.


Thanks for posting R & A as I don't like being the most senior citizen on here having only followed Reading for 66 years.

:roll:

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by AthleticoSpizz » 15 Oct 2020 15:00

South Coast Royal
Royal & Ancient 1947/8. Season. No idea who they were playing but remember Bill Amor out of his Police uniform and Maurice Edelston who I was to meet many years later on the Tennis courts. I would be 15 then, entry in Tilehurst Road, 1 sh and 3 pence. Long time interest but too old and infirm to go now even if we could.


Thanks for posting R & A as I don't like being the most senior citizen on here having only followed Reading for 66 years.
you both barely look old enough :!:

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by South Coast Royal » 15 Oct 2020 15:02

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Royal & Ancient 1947/8. Season. No idea who they were playing but remember Bill Amor out of his Police uniform and Maurice Edelston who I was to meet many years later on the Tennis courts. I would be 15 then, entry in Tilehurst Road, 1 sh and 3 pence. Long time interest but too old and infirm to go now even if we could.


Thanks for posting R & A as I don't like being the most senior citizen on here having only followed Reading for 66 years.
you both barely look old enough :!:


Have you had your eye test yet this year Spizz? :wink:

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by AthleticoSpizz » 15 Oct 2020 15:05

Weeel, now you mention it :o


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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Dick Habbin's hairdo » 15 Oct 2020 17:58

Didn't we have this thread towards the start of 'Ronas? *searches* Yup. What I posted back in April....

You're a season before me, Ark.... 14th February, 1968 was my first game at EP. A 0-0 against Northampton but it was Valentine's day and my unrequited love was sealed.
I was born in Gosport and my grandparents and mother were STHs at Fratton Park (my grandpa was an honourary life president) and so the first games I can remember are at Pompey. We moved to the 'Ding in '67.
My old man was born literally a couple of stones throws from The Valley but he didn't try very hard - just 3 or 4 games before he pegged it - to get me to support the Addicks. I do owe him for igniting the passion for RFC, though.
Location? First couple of seasons in B block as a 5/6 year old and he used to lift me over the turnstile to avoid paying. Town End before it became 'visiting supporters only.' Transfer to the SB. Under the gantry. R&T.
Memorable games? Too many.
Plymouth at EP.
Pox at the Manor with Terry the Taxi for its awfulness.
Tranmere away in the play-offs.
Simod Cup final - and Coventry and Forest.
Holsgrove becoming Maradonna at Ayresome Park.
Scotty Taylor burying Brighton at Goldstone.
*That* game at Southampton with ALF.
Arsenal in the cup in '72 - what a header for an OG from Wooler.
Burnley at Turf Moor when Bobby Convey dazzled before they crippled him, and the snowball fight at Hebden Bridge.
Leroy's brace at the Council House.
Notlob and that cheating Scouser McAteer.
Any game against Aldersh*t - especially '79 at EP.
Newport away in '85.
But, of course, there is only one answer: the greatest footballer ever to wear the Hoops. Tranmere. EP. 1976.

Lifelong? Hell yes. Why else do I put myself through this misery every season? It's the hope that kills us. One club for life.

Do you still support? Well, I've lived in the Middle East for the past 23 years and I'm still fortunate enough to go to around 10-15 matches every season. Bonkers? Yup.

It's the comedy, drama, theatre and passion. And one can't beat a good away day which keeps one coming back.

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Barney » 15 Oct 2020 19:41

Like quite a few on this thread, my support of our club stretches back 50+ years.

First game: Home to Luton, March 1970, soaking wet evening game. We started with ten players as Steve Death was late
due to "West Reading traffic". Lost 0-1...I recall Malcolm McDonald scored for Luton. Absolutely hooked big time ever since.

Held a season ticket from 1981 till current. Blue and white blood....no other team for me.

Went to every home league, cup and friendly game (bar one....annoying family wedding) between 1974 and 1988

Witnessed 8 promotions. 7 relegations. Absolutely adored the promotions in 1976, 1979, 1986 and 2006.

Hated all play-off finals. Fabulous memories of the 1988 Simod Cup final (and the semi was pretty special too).

Loved taking thousands to Aldershot in the 70s and 80s. Loved having 70% of the crowd at an away league match (Newport 1985).

I'll stop now before you all slip into a coma. Love the club. Love it. Enjoying this season...gagging to get back in the stadium.
50 odd years and my heart still bleeds RFC. Will never change. Am proud to be a one-club supporter. Almost 1.500 RFC games for me.
The passion and support is still there...and I dare say I will take it to my grave.

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Edelston & Brice » 15 Oct 2020 19:57

My goodness, there are some real oldies on this thread - and I am one of them! First game was in the 1948-49 season but I can't remember who we were playing or the result. I do remember the 1951-52 team: Marks: Moyse, Wicks: Lewis, Brice, Johnston; Simpson, Edelston, Blackman, Henley and Bainbridge. I also remember the 7-0 thrashing of Colchester in September 1957 when I think Douggie Webb scored a hat-trick and Chris Palethorpe got two. Unfortunately there have been many painful memories, too and it really has been a bumpy ride. Nevertheless, I have always been passionate about the Biscuitmen/Royals and have never thought about supporting anyone else.

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by SouthDownsRoyal » 15 Oct 2020 20:27

My old man took me to Elm Park mid 90s, having remembered what I can and the power of the internets I believe it was 1994

Tue 06 Dec Reading 1 - 1 Middlesbrough


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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Henley Royal 1 » 15 Oct 2020 22:05

Reading 1v0 Rotherham League cup 1978.

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Zip » 15 Oct 2020 23:59

Great to see so many older fans posting.

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Whore Jackie » 16 Oct 2020 13:27

Reading 0-2 Oxford Utd, Milk Cup, 1 September 1982.

My Mum took me, free tickets from the milkman. :?

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by AthleticoSpizz » 16 Oct 2020 18:47

Zip Great to see so many older fans posting.
thanx


.....and agree

Very interesting

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Zip » 16 Oct 2020 18:51

AthleticoSpizz
Zip Great to see so many older fans posting.
thanx


.....and agree

Very interesting


I wasn’t referring to you young un.

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by AthleticoSpizz » 16 Oct 2020 18:56

Zip
AthleticoSpizz
Zip Great to see so many older fans posting.
thanx


.....and agree

Very interesting


I wasn’t referring to you young un.
(lol) shut it pup

Haven’t you retired yet?

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Re: Your first game watching Reading FC

by Zip » 16 Oct 2020 18:59

AthleticoSpizz
Zip
AthleticoSpizz thanx


.....and agree

Very interesting


I wasn’t referring to you young un.
(lol) shut it pup

Haven’t you retired yet?


Not yet. Haven’t you fossilised yet?

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