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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2021, 07:52:00 AM »

Oh what a season... this was one of my favourite matches of all time... what a win... 4-1 over our main title rivals and promotion to the Football Lge finally looked nailed on...

However, the dream died over the last five games... in a season where we were unbeaten in i think 28 games (then Conference record) we were top and had just beaten our nearest rivals... after such a great run i think we only needed 8pts from last 15pts (5games) only to blow up and gain just 2pts (or was it 5?) to miss out by about just 5pts & Barnet went up instead...

Probably more gutted than time we lost promotion by 1vote (in days before promotion) when two promised votes didn't materialise due to one 'apparently' being late or going wrong room & other falling asleep pissed somewhere...

Conspiracy theorists reckon we may have thrown it away in 1991 season due to various reasons, but may simply be down to congested run-in of games in last few weeks and players being knackered after long season... whatever your view, the above game against Barnet will live on as one of the great matches of all time... it was a privilege to be there...
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2021, 08:00:09 AM »

Also think this match may have been first televised non-lge match if memory is correct... though memory fades the older we get... below is full game you tube link...

https://youtu.be/aE_XIhlvVeo
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2021, 08:46:57 AM »

Remember that game well. Was sat in the stand with my eldest girl, who was 16 at the time, and a bloke from Barnet shouting out (in an exasperated cockney accent) "Carmonn Bownit, coo blimey, strike a light!).
We still use that comical quote in the family today. 😂😂😂😂
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2021, 09:08:32 AM »

As an 18 year old living in Wycombe that wasn’t a happy ending. Trophy semi final we battered them at their place and lost. I consoled myself and responded to friends that they could have the trophy because we would win the league......
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2021, 10:24:48 AM »

Also remember this game well, fantastic game and thoroughly deserved our victory.   
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2021, 11:57:08 AM »

I remember it so well, memorable game, team and season especially Paul Showler until it fell apart at the end. Crowd was 4100.
never knew at the time, as a narrow defeat at Barrow that ended our 28 game run seemed predictable,.. but the reason we didn't go up was a n other.
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #7 on: March 30, 2021, 01:58:26 PM »

Hadn't we just beaten Merthyr 9-2? Is it my imagination, or did the chant, "Are you Merthyr in disguise?" reverberate around Moss Lane?
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« Reply #8 on: March 30, 2021, 06:25:26 PM »

30 years !! Scary I sneaked in 25 mins into the game through the main entrance as I was working
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2021, 10:28:48 PM »

I was there. Not sure on the actual gate that day but it was cracking.
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2021, 11:39:05 PM »

I was there. Not sure on the actual gate that day but it was cracking.

It was certainly one of the iconic matches, which kicked off 15 minutes late to accommodate the crowd. It was announced as a then capacity 3000, although 4100 is certainly closer to the mark, as the police thought it would be better to allow people into the ground, where there was room, even if that went above the permitted capacity, rather than have 1000+ angry people outside.

I did hear the occasional person was locked out so Wayno was very lucky, or very charming, or something.
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« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2021, 02:45:31 PM »

Think it was 1st non league match to be held by police for 15 minutes to get crowd in. Previews all over mainstream TV, Friday local sports reports ( Granada reports etc) as well as grandstand etc on saturday. Amazing day/ game, as for the rest 😒😬🤔🤫 The name Geoff Lloyd comes to mind!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2021, 04:33:30 PM »

Was it the last televised home league game?
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Re: Yes, it really is the 30th anniversary of this joyous match...
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2021, 04:50:14 PM »

Wasn't there a game vs Woking?
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2021, 09:00:18 PM »

Yep, you're right... Jan 31st 2008 home to Woking was live on Setanta Sports TV (who went bust)... game at Moss Lane ended 2-2 with Alty goals from Colin Little & Ryan Shotton...

Also unlucky not to be on Setanta Sports more around that time as we were meant to play Northwich Vics at home on New Yrs Day 2009 but called off due to frozen pitch... plus if Burton had not been in a FA Trophy replay in Dec 2008 our home game would have been moved from 20th to 18th Dec against them for televising on Setanta... also think we were due to be shown live on TV (maybe BBC) for FA Cup replay in Nov 2008 (which we lost on pens) but was not screened due to Luton refusing to agree to move date for TV... all these cost Alty lot of TV lost revenue... maybe other games shown at home by Setanta but i only recall Woking going ahead...
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