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leicester1
17-09-2015, 12:11 PM
Just an idea......as iv'e said in the Old Grounds thread [picture of book cover] we at Leicester have a new book out after Christmas full of memories from Filbert Street and the authors are having a secret rendervous in the next 10 days with a few lads that are contributing to the finishing touches.....iv'e wrote a few pages and just wondered if any Palace would like to contribute a few lines on what it was like first time or any time entering Filbert Street .....stories can be about the ground,either set of fans or matches.......it'll give an additional side to our stories and you'll be the only Away Supporters in the book if accepted......:p

leicester1
17-09-2015, 12:29 PM
Have a think........just remember,if you do provide some stories,and they are accepted you'll be putting Palace on the stage so to speak......we're hoping the book will do well,stories from 60',70's and 80's is the main theme of the book.....The book will include the various groups of our supporters,the kop leaders,the lads that wrote our fans songs,the songs themselves,the reasons why our kop was segregated in 1971 and many individual stories to go alongside our main kop leaders memories from that time ...cheers.

dbutler
17-09-2015, 03:49 PM
I do rember a trip there in the 80s, played on a Friday eve due to a National Front march taking place on the Saturday.

Popester
17-09-2015, 03:52 PM
I went to Leicester v Palace in 1998. I seem to recall Marc Edworthy was sent off for a stamp (which seemed harsh from where I was sat) and that Padovano scored for us.

I was a student in Leicester at the time. On leaving the ground through the narrow "tunnel", the Palace fans were belted with coins etc. Was pretty intimidating. Needless to say I took off my scarf and hid it for the walk back to College Hall.

I later became a steward at Filbert Street and enjoyed an amazing view from the new stand next to where the commentators sat. The training we had before we could start was bizarre and included:

- a comment by the trainer that the chant about Heskey looking like Frank Bruno wasnt racist "because he does"; and
- some senior security guard telling us that before every match he tells the refereee not to award a penalty in front of the hard core home fans who sat behind one of the goals because it would pose a major security risk.

Dorking .Eagle
17-09-2015, 04:38 PM
I remember the FA Cup game early 90's. Leicester won 1-0 with the winning goal in the 90th minute. Cue rabid frothing at the mouth types climbing up the huge metal dividing fence that separated the away terrace from the home bit. Was very glad the fence went all the way to the underside of the seating above, and also that we were kept back about 15 mins!!!!!

The shallow seating along the side was never as good as being on the terrace under that double decker stand

Crozzy71
17-09-2015, 04:57 PM
I think it was the 87/88 4-4 draw.

Mental game, end to end. I was only 16. We went into a social club for a beer beforehand and soon realised we shouldn't be there. In fairness the 'chaps' in there must have looked at how young we were and given us a pass.

Filbert Street was a proper old ground. A little like Selhurst with 3 sides and a monstrosity behind one of the goals !!

thereichstuff
17-09-2015, 05:12 PM
I've told rob my story . I think it was the 4-4 ? Game when George wood had one of his moments . Well what stood out the most to me was the Leicester fans to our left chanting
" the watar in Majorcar don't taste like it all ta "in their best cockney accent :D

palace64
17-09-2015, 05:28 PM
I do rember a trip there in the 80s, played on a Friday eve due to a National Front march taking place on the Saturday.

was one i think in 79 1 nil vince i could be wrong old age and all that

leicester1
17-09-2015, 05:57 PM
Thanks everyone...all will be taken down on paper and handed in at the rendervous....and some of us still sing ''Water in Majorca don't taste like what it ortta''...ha ha.....that Friday game 79 was probably my 1st glimpse of Palace fans.....you lot were being escorted up the dark sidestreet from the ground onto the mainroad after the game ....to your right Leicester were held behind a police cordon,thats where i was aged 13....keep em coming.:p

old git
17-09-2015, 07:13 PM
I do rember a trip there in the 80s, played on a Friday eve due to a National Front march taking place on the Saturday.

I think that was 1-1 with us scoring very late. Considering the amount we took and the 'football culture 'of the time it was relatively trouble free.

Edit - Sorry a quick check and we won 1 -0.

Supa Pard
17-09-2015, 07:19 PM
Went to Filbert St in the 80's.
Always a dodgy place to go. They liked a fight.

old git
17-09-2015, 07:22 PM
Thanks everyone...all will be taken down on paper and handed in at the rendervous....and some of us still sing ''Water in Majorca don't taste like what it ortta''...ha ha.....that Friday game 79 was probably my 1st glimpse of Palace fans.....you lot were being escorted up the dark sidestreet from the ground onto the mainroad after the game ....to your right Leicester were held behind a police cordon,thats where i was aged 13....keep em coming.:p

FA cup in the early 90's.We arrived early only to be met by loads of your finest in blue.A few of us went in the buffet and started playing the fruit machines.The rest (numbering around 50) went out and were taken in police vans to the ground.When asked why tehy were told that they were a risk to the Leicester public.:angel:
At the ground it was either pay to get in (11.30 am) or be detained until the match ended.Apparently the only entertainment on offer was a sponsored walk around the pitch perimeter. Four hours later we arrived absolutely rat arsed which improved their mood. :D

Jim Cannon
17-09-2015, 07:36 PM
I think that was 1-1 with us scoring very late. Considering the amount we took and the 'football culture 'of the time it was relatively trouble free.

Edit - Sorry a quick check and we won 1 -0.

the 79 game on a Friday was 1-1 I believe it was Doris who pooped up for the goal

old git
17-09-2015, 07:39 PM
the 79 game on a Friday was 1-1 I believe it was Doris who pooped up for the goal

I have it down as 1-1 on the 20/04/1979. Is that the one ?

Jim Cannon
17-09-2015, 07:43 PM
I have it down as 1-1 on the 20/04/1979. Is that the one ?

Yes

leicester1
19-09-2015, 12:42 AM
Heads up..........can you remember walking/entering pen 1/corner.....next to us in pen 2 and our soon to be BS ON YOUR RIGHT SDE......no pressure but i'll gladly copy it all out and submit it at the meet we have coming up.......come on you can if you think and try and remember.........also theres young Palace pups looking at this so tell them how it was......cheers...:lux:

clarendon
19-09-2015, 11:09 AM
Never an enjoyable experience, went several times and always made a profit on the day with the amount of coins being chucked at us !!
Wandered in the turnstyle pub one gloomy saturday , big mistake!!!

Typical Palace
19-09-2015, 12:32 PM
I think it was the 87/88 4-4 draw.

Mental game, end to end. I was only 16. We went into a social club for a beer beforehand and soon realised we shouldn't be there. In fairness the 'chaps' in there must have looked at how young we were and given us a pass.

Filbert Street was a proper old ground. A little like Selhurst with 3 sides and a monstrosity behind one of the goals !!
I first went with a Leicester mate, who wasn't a big football fan but went anyway, so came in with me in the away in what Leicester1 describes as Pen 1. The next time I went we were put in a pretty poxy stand along the side, shallow little stand bang against the road. That's the stand I remember being crap, not one behind the goal. The stand on the opposite side was quite big and and reasonably new in the late 80s

ballboy1975
19-09-2015, 12:39 PM
went to the game where Doris scored in the last min.
the walk back to the station was interesting , and i remember it kicking off when we did get back to the railway station.

dbutler
21-09-2015, 06:11 AM
was one i think in 79 1 nil vince i could be wrong old age and all that

Around that time, remember it kicking of outside after game.

Worksop Palace
21-09-2015, 12:39 PM
Went twice to FS. My memory is it being smack bang in the middle of rows of terraced housing.

First one was the famous 4-4 on NY day or thereabouts must be around 1985/6 ?. We were in the seats and I sat behind Glenn Pennyfathers mum and dad and he happened to score a 30 yard screamer. Remember sirens all over the place post match.

Second time was a few years later pretty sure it was a 2-2 and I seem to recall us scoring both from pens - Dave Madden ? There was a massive net between our standing area behind the goal that was the 'separation' between our lot and the Leicester crew. didn't have a lot of affect against coins and fag lighters !

Happy days :)

Ash
21-09-2015, 01:17 PM
I remember it being full of c*nts. Hope that helps.

leicester1
21-09-2015, 03:28 PM
Unfortunately Ash....it does'nt and i won't be copying it.;)......thanks to all that have contributed theres still tonight and tomorrow before i take the memories in.....apparently theres a few famous faces from our Filbert Street days and it'll be an interesting night.......keep them coming,can't gaurentee they will be accepted but nor is my 6 pages a definite for the book.........:p

clarendon
21-09-2015, 05:16 PM
Unfortunately Ash....it does'nt and i won't be copying it.;)......thanks to all that have contributed theres still tonight and tomorrow before i take the memories in.....apparently theres a few famous faces from our Filbert Street days and it'll be an interesting night.......keep them coming,can't gaurentee they will be accepted but nor is my 6 pages a definite for the book.........:p

Famous faces !! From the baby squad ?. Had a few runs in with them too.

Tom's Old Man
21-09-2015, 06:20 PM
My first visit was about 1983, Kevin Mabbutt scored the only goal in what was a very rare result for Palace back then - an away win. The other two I have better memories of are the FA Cup win for Leicester, last minute goal after Eric Young was sent off, and in 1989 we drew courtesy of a late Dave Madden penalty before we won promotion in the play-offs. Always a good atmosphere at Filbert Street, a proper 'old' ground with a skirmish on the escort back to the station inevitable.

orp pisshead1
21-09-2015, 06:34 PM
I've told rob my story . I think it was the 4-4 ? Game when George wood had one of his moments . Well what stood out the most to me was the Leicester fans to our left chanting
" the watar in Majorcar don't taste like it all ta "in their best cockney accent :D

This^^^^ :D also remember "exchanging" coins with said mob;). Also the ruck outside the rugby ground where a cop car was driving crazily to keep the 2 mobs apart with help of large police presence. Loved going Filbert street a lively but good day out. Sorry but new stadium is very meh( no offence Rob).

leicester1
21-09-2015, 07:13 PM
Clarandon.....no mate wrong era.....As far as i'm aware though i'll know more on Wednesday the books about mainly 1960'S,70's and possibly 80'sFilbert Street and especially our Spion kop.....the books principal aim is the memories of the gangs,leaders songs and a bit of football.....if memory serves me correctly the BS Years began around 1981 .....that era of casuals here were bubbling up back then and finally emerged as a large mob at Leeds score 2-2....i distincntly recall standing in the away end and looking behind up in the seats and it was a mass of Leicester casuals around 200 or so...

leicester1
21-09-2015, 07:17 PM
No offence taken Orp....i'm ok in L1 left of the away end and in with the Ultra's but the rest of the grounds not so good......but....from around March things have improved all ovver as you'll see....cheers keep em coming.:p

leicester1
21-09-2015, 07:32 PM
I must add.....the events outside of Filbert Street with opposition supporters,on the pitch and on the terraces will also be mentioned...especially the rivalries...Notts Forest,,Sheff United, and the London mobs that came for trouble particulally Chelsea,West Ham and Tottenham to name a few .....it was a rough era and Filbert Street was a rough old place when i first went with my mates and without adults accompnying me in 77.....i was too young to be heading for ambush points like the Rugby ground,Granby Halls,Welford Rec or the train station but did witness Villa try to take Leicesters ground and town,Newcastle invade our pitch and Arsenal try to take pen 4......theres also some humour involving Sheff United and.....you'll have to buy the book.:p

orp pisshead1
21-09-2015, 08:48 PM
I must add.....the events outside of Filbert Street with opposition supporters,on the pitch and on the terraces will also be mentioned...especially the rivalries...Notts Forest,,Sheff United, and the London mobs that came for trouble particulally Chelsea,West Ham and Tottenham to name a few .....it was a rough era and Filbert Street was a rough old place when i first went with my mates and without adults accompnying me in 77.....i was too young to be heading for ambush points like the Rugby ground,Granby Halls,Welford Rec or the train station but did witness Villa try to take Leicesters ground and town,Newcastle invade our pitch and Arsenal try to take pen 4......theres also some humour involving Sheff United and.....you'll have to buy the book.:p

Ha just remembered Welford rec is the the park on way back to station?.

orp pisshead1
21-09-2015, 08:52 PM
My first visit was about 1983, Kevin Mabbutt scored the only goal in what was a very rare result for Palace back then - an away win. The other two I have better memories of are the FA Cup win for Leicester, last minute goal after Eric Young was sent off, and in 1989 we drew courtesy of a late Dave Madden penalty before we won promotion in the play-offs. Always a good atmosphere at Filbert Street, a proper 'old' ground with a skirmish on the escort back to the station inevitable.

Trip down memory lane 83, for some reason didn't go that game was still at school but had started going away games. Instead went the caravan park with a pikey supporting school mate and managed to piss off majority of the upper desk bus 51 when result were heard on someones radio by going mental coz as you say rare away win. Good old days.:D:D:lux:.

leicester1
21-09-2015, 09:19 PM
Oh yes.....the famous Welford Rec......there should be a few stories concerning that place with Sheff United coming pre match and a very bizzare situation unfolding....and the famous Man United being trapped inside the park by massive amounts of Leicester,i look forward to learning what had upset our lot there but they did'nt take many prisoners if i'm guessing rightly and our fans had been bullied at an away fixture.....Man u went in for a lot of bullying back then and it was inevitable that some of their fans and even their hardcore element would suffer a severe backlash from time to time.........doubt it will be in the book but late 80's Leicester used to wait for the opposition to vacate the ground,give them the follow us nod and both lots of 100 plus would take a slow walk to the Rec before getting it on.....proper Marquis of Queensbury apart from Liverpool who did'nt belive in those rules.

EastBerksEagle
22-09-2015, 12:41 PM
L1 I'm interested to know why there was always trouble with you lot and Chelsea ?
I know a few old school and they allways used to come back from Filbert Street with a story (and the occasional slap :D)
My first visit was early eighteis,just a typical away game , on the Special , Police escort to the ground and back , few coins chucked our way,poor view.
If memory serves me there was a Boxer from Leicester fighting a londoner around the time of the match and youre lot were singing his name ?

Mick
22-09-2015, 02:14 PM
My first visit was about 1983, Kevin Mabbutt scored the only goal in what was a very rare result for Palace back then - an away win. The other two I have better memories of are the FA Cup win for Leicester, last minute goal after Eric Young was sent off, and in 1989 we drew courtesy of a late Dave Madden penalty before we won promotion in the play-offs. Always a good atmosphere at Filbert Street, a proper 'old' ground with a skirmish on the escort back to the station inevitable.

Remember the 83 game. Wasn't the goal set up by Vince Hilaire, who had a bit of a stormer. Think the Leicester team contained the likes of Lineker, Lynex and Young, so we were definitely not favourites to win. For some reason, we found ourselves with the home fans, although it is unlikely it was sold out for away fans, as I think it was an evening game.

Radders
22-09-2015, 02:43 PM
I think it was the 87/88 4-4 draw.

Mental game, end to end. I was only 16. We went into a social club for a beer beforehand and soon realised we shouldn't be there. In fairness the 'chaps' in there must have looked at how young we were and given us a pass.

Filbert Street was a proper old ground. A little like Selhurst with 3 sides and a monstrosity behind one of the goals !!


Was at that game (with Orp) and was 15 I think!!
Loads of goals.
Big mobs in the streets after.
Being told by the Police to run when crossing the road past the Rugby ground.
All good fun! :D

leicester1
22-09-2015, 03:14 PM
EAST....i hav'nt much time as i'm rushing to get out to get a ticket for tonights game...i'll be on later to copy out more memories..

Our boxer was Tony Sibson...he fought Mark Kaylor in London?.....i seem to recall the lads that followed him about took some grief off West Hams ICF.....One of Sibbo's last fights was in Stoke and the Leicester lot mostly from my area again met the ICF and payed them back.....that stories fresh as i was discussing this a fortnight ago with a lad that was there in Stoke...

As for Chelsea....i'm pretty sure they've caused trouble in Leicester from the 1960's and over the years Leicester have fought back more and more and even put on a good show at Stamford Bridge Boxing Day 1979.....from then on they never had it their own way here.

Tom's Old Man
22-09-2015, 04:59 PM
Remember the 83 game. Wasn't the goal set up by Vince Hilaire, who had a bit of a stormer. Think the Leicester team contained the likes of Lineker, Lynex and Young, so we were definitely not favourites to win. For some reason, we found ourselves with the home fans, although it is unlikely it was sold out for away fans, as I think it was an evening game.
Not an evening game. Fairly sure I never went to Filbert Street for an evening game.

EastBerksEagle
22-09-2015, 07:49 PM
EAST....i hav'nt much time as i'm rushing to get out to get a ticket for tonights game...i'll be on later to copy out more memories..

Our boxer was Tony Sibson...he fought Mark Kaylor in London?.....i seem to recall the lads that followed him about took some grief off West Hams ICF.....One of Sibbo's last fights was in Stoke and the Leicester lot mostly from my area again met the ICF and payed them back.....that stories fresh as i was discussing this a fortnight ago with a lad that was there in Stoke...

As for Chelsea....i'm pretty sure they've caused trouble in Leicester from the 1960's and over the years Leicester have fought back more and more and even put on a good show at Stamford Bridge Boxing Day 1979.....from then on they never had it their own way here.
Thanks remember the boxer now , enjoy the game (1nil up as I type this)

leicester1
22-09-2015, 09:58 PM
2-1 using our 2nd team for most of the match....West HAm seemed to have a decent side out and brought a good following 1500.....still unbeatable.....we'll just enjoy it all while the goings good....cheers for all the contributions.....interesting evening in store tomorrow with some interesting geezers....:lux:

WestBerksPalace
23-09-2015, 10:01 AM
I remember the game in April 79'. A big game for Palace as we were homing in on the second division title. I was 16, and I probably bunked off work! My first job at a solicitors in Wimbledon.
Anyway, we were probably either 1st or 2nd in the table at the time, and took a noisy 2k or so following, and were penned in, literally, by the corner flag. This was my first visit to Filbert Street, and I was impressed by the atmosphere, probably helped by being so close to the pitch.
Palace fans were very upbeat/noisy, and were expectant of a result, but we went 1-0 down. We were still confident, as that season we conceded in 42 games something like only 18 goals overall. Late in the game we equalised at our end of the ground, from an unusual source, from full back Paul (Doris) Hinshelwood, and this set us off. The pen was now bouncing, people jumping on top of each other in utter joy. The Leicester fans didn't take it so well, pelting us with coins from our left from their pen.
I don't have any memories of getting to/from the station, but remember Filbert Street being surrounded by housing, and the walk always involved bypassing the Rugby ground.
A classic ground, like many others, sadly missed.

leicester1
23-09-2015, 09:55 PM
Brilliant night with the old school.....firstly,the Palace stories have been accepted for the book in principal and its planned to use them in the later chapters.....basically the book will be set out 60's,70's then general.....with the songs and song writers either after the 70's or general stories [which includes Palace].........the main stories are about the notorious Leicester/Forest games and 2 of the lads are travelling over to Nottingham for Forests version of various incidents.......the main thing for me to come out of tonight are books by Hoolies just ar'nt covering history and are creating a bit of a false impression....when i get my thoughts together i'll explain.......football fan history is bloody interesting and i'd like to think i can add some interesting facts in a minute that'll make you sit up..........about 20 of us average age 60 sat down to discuss the book and i had 2 chances to put forward all i'd brought along with me and it went down well.........:p

leicester1
23-09-2015, 10:14 PM
Before i forget i'll post a few facts as the lads saw things......football hooliganism/rowdyism,whatever you want to call it started in the North west....Liverpool,notorious for beating up away fans but also female supporters,we're talking 1960's here.....so the comment i made based on the 80's was accurate as i saw it but hells bells i did'nt know the half of it when i posted previously....Burnley,Blackburn,Everton,Man u all causing trouble before London gets a mention.....but Chelsea ar'nt far behind....60's they caused mayham in Leicester but if you read their books Leicester have never travelled to Stamford Bridge......well i learnt different tonight.....60's Leicester went in the Shed for a go....the Aston Villa books don't mention Leicester running the Holte end....one of my first games in 77 was the Villa response no wonder they went for it here at Filbert Street....it was a revenge mission........great night and re aquainted with a few old school mates and new friends for life with other famous faces in these parts....:angel:

leicester1
23-09-2015, 10:48 PM
I Must stress.....the theme of the book is about Filbert Street/And Leicester City....the different groups of fans,the leaders and their followers.....and how travelling away together,defending their town against opposition supporters and shared time together created a special bond that still exists today.....cooperation for this book has come from all kinds of different sources including ........supporters from Nottingham,Stoke,Palace,Sheffield,....local gangs that followed Leicester include the Town boys,out of town boys,local hells angels,and also groups from other clubs that became friendly with Leicester and travelled to our away matches....thanks again for the Palace contributions ...buy the book if football supporter history particulally pre casual era interests you.:p