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23rd Jan 1971


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1 hour ago, nw3casc1 said:

Green final...and then was it the pink final???? Loved getting them at the services on the way home from away matches...

Not sure about the Pink. The Green Final ceased on 28 April 1973. Nothing replaced it in Halifax. Burnley had the Pink, a few copies may have found their way over the border. We'd get one in Todmorden. 

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The pink was the T and A . In the late 60s a few teams kicked at 3.15 on a Saturday there was only a report to half time and the final result was in the stop press column printed just as the paper went to print. 

One Saturday Town were  at Crewe and it was a 3.15 KO. 

The score was 1 1 at halftime and the Sporting pink headline was "Shaymen shine  at Crewe" in the stop press was the final score Crewe 5 Halifax 1. 

It was quite  a remarkable effort really games finished 4.40 and the pink and green were on sale usually by about 5.30. Paper shops had crowds of men outside waiting for the to arrive.

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16 minutes ago, townmad said:

After the Green Final finished they sold the Pink (the Bradford one) in town on a Saturday night, I used to travel from West Vale toget one from the bottom of George's Square.

that was the elderly lady who sold them she unfortunately disappeared without trace, suspected murdered. I always used to buy her a coffee.

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3 hours ago, hunsworthhound said:

 

It was quite  a remarkable effort really games finished 4.40 and the pink and green were on sale usually by about 5.30. Paper shops had crowds of men outside waiting for the to arrive.

Absolutely. I used to live two doors away from the newsagent (a business started by my grandad). After a Shay game I’d catch the bus home and sometimes the Greens travelled with me on the same bus. Otherwise I would wait half an hour and go and get one. Amazing feat of printing technology in the age of letters and telegrams.

Even though I had been at the game, reading Bill Carters comments somehow confirmed what I thought about the game.

That season was wonderful, what a superb side we had, we just got better as the season went on. I remember being really upset when we lost at Torquay which was a game we needed to win, I think the results were on the news.

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Does anyone remember the Bury sports paper? There was a printing press in a vehicle which resembled an ice-cream van. It was located in the car park at Gigg Lane, and sold papers containing match reports as you left the ground - I think Bury kicked off at 3.15pm.

Getting up-to-date football news was faster and more successful than ball-tracking at the Shay!

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Only missed 4 games that season Gillingham Swansea Torquay and Plymouth  away. Firdt one no coach and last 3 were Tuesday night games.

Remember  Brighton away Sheards coachs 52 went 47 came back and 5 of those weren't  on the coach going down.

Those were the days. Oh we all got in with complementary tickets, had it in their half of the field twice and won 2 0.

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My Uncle Jim lived in Manchester, a City fan. He used to get the Evening News Pink Final, he’d save them up and post them onto me. They’d come wrapped in brown paper and tied with string, with a Co-op business mail on (where he worked). Obviously a month late some of them which rather lost the instant match report flavour. However I insisted he sent them, I loved the detailed inside pages on all the Manchester area League teams, Bury, Rochdale, Oldham, Stockie etc, even Crewe. I really knew my football in those days!

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Bill Carter was the sports editor at the Courier 60's  and early 70's if you think the current commentators are biased read Bills reports. Town never played a bad game according to him  even the 8 0 defeat to Fulham we were unlucky although in that game I would tend to agree with him.

Bill lost his sight in later life he was a shareholder and at the AGM I used to find him in the Shay carpark and have to escort him into the meeting. What he didn't know about us wasn't  worth knowing a great bloke.

What would be good would be a book about the Shaymen based on the reports and articles  about the Shaymen from the Green final.

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Me and my mate used to sit in the Skircoat just below the press box. On one occasion Bill came out and sat beside us, the glass was steaming up a bit and he was already struggling with his eyesight. We had to help him out with th eodd bit of identifying players but I'm sure he watched a different game to us. He really was a nice guy though and "Town" to the core..

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