My first memory of the Abbey Stadium was in the 1950's. There was no Habbin Stand in those days, just a line of railway sleepers to act as terracing. But I do remember one game with my father, they must have opened the gates up with 10 minutes or so to go. This bloke wanders in from the allotments across the way, pipe in his mouth, garden fork in one hand and a lead with his spaniel attached in the other. The dog thought this was great fun, I have a feeling this would not be allowed today though. (what would Van Gaal have said? “ze doggie err was very frightening and err barked at our players and err frightened them err away from one err side of ze pitch, the tripody err thing was an offensive weapon and his mouth bonfire blinded our players who are so much better than yours). I also remember, or seem to, in that decade standing watching a game on Christmas morning, perhaps I dreamt this though?
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