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Am Phibian 06-03-2018 10:21 AM

The 51,801 Club
All BBSers who were there that day make yourself known.


Should pass 60,000 in about seven years, I reckon.

EagleSE24 06-03-2018 10:24 AM

Before my time. Both as a Palace fan and a human being.

Bintang 06-03-2018 10:30 AM


Got there around 3:30. Usual spot in AW, near Joyce the voice and her family. Bunch of Brixton coppers (off duty) behind. Usual gang of retrobates. One of our group's ashes are up in the corner between AW and H. Does he count?

garronrav 06-03-2018 10:33 AM

I was in the Whitehorse lower section with Daubers my cousin who is on the bbs so that makes 2 more.

Am Phibian 06-03-2018 10:41 AM


Originally Posted by EagleSE24 (Post 14148619)
Before my time. Both as a Palace fan and a human being.

90% of all those born February/March 1980 within five miles of Selhurst were conceived very late at night May 11th 1979. Fact.

DARZET EAGLE 06-03-2018 10:45 AM

Incredible experience, how did we all get in? 20,000 on the old Holmesdale terrace, possibly more.

Owngoal 06-03-2018 10:49 AM

I took some student mates along to that experience and we had the night of our lives. Even better than the 5-0 drubbing of United.

laths 06-03-2018 10:50 AM

Got in around 6 I think on the Holmesdale. Packed then, went back to Roundshaw for a Tennants party.:eek:

monster 06-03-2018 10:51 AM

I was on the Holmesdale that night, I think the official number was over 23,000.
It certainly was a crush, and more like 25,000 in that end

mether 06-03-2018 10:53 AM

Holmesdale god knows what time I got there. Come to think of it, no idea what time I got home either.

BRIAN1948 06-03-2018 10:54 AM

I was there, Just! Car broke down on the way and had to nurse it the last few miles. Found somewhere to get parked, but managed! Even got back home again with a hole in the radiator, which necessitated a number of stops to get back to Worthing, where I was living at the time! So, it sticks in my mind forever, as well as the fantastic atmosphere and result!! Was in the AW, very tightly squeezed in there!

Am Phibian 06-03-2018 10:57 AM

I got there at around 6-ish. Never got there that early normally. Had no idea it was going to be sardine full. Very lucky to get in. Think our highest attendance that season up to then was around 27,000 apart from a 40,000 v West Ham ( away fans loads) then *booom* 51,000 (57,000 more like unofficially) and hardly any away fans. We only got 15,000 v Oldham earlier in the season when we near the top .

hatter8142 06-03-2018 10:57 AM

I was in the Arthur with Pete Mills, Glenn (Colonel Brittan) and one other whose name I can't remember. I remember invading the pitch at the end and the next thing I remember is being in the Pub next day in Yapton where I lived. No idea whatsoever how I got home.

Dawkins' Banana 06-03-2018 10:58 AM

I see the numbering system went to pieces after 2!

Excluding Own Goalís student mates, I think I am number 7.

Standing section of the AW. It was so crowded and we were so squashed, if you lifted your feet off the ground you didnít move!:D

wrightchipvcfc 06-03-2018 10:58 AM

Was in the old main stand enclosure remember the ground seemed packed over hour before ko even tho gate was given around 52 000 how many fans in them days use to bung turnstyle bloke and put there kid over or jump over thereselfes wonder how many were realy in ground that night

Am Phibian 06-03-2018 11:02 AM

This is turning into an Old Farts Clique already.

nickgusset 06-03-2018 11:03 AM

I'll take number 9. I was only a nipper. Sat at the back of the main stand with my late dad. He paid a tout seventy quid for 2 tickets as we couldn't get in when we got there. A lot of money back then.

Am Phibian 06-03-2018 11:05 AM


Originally Posted by nickgusset (Post 14148722)
I'll take number 9. I was only a kipper. Sat at the back of the main stand with my late dad. He paid a tout seventy quid for 2 tickets as we couldn't get in when we got there. A lot of money back then.

Huge amount of dosh considering my full season ticket in the top league a few months later cost £14 (under 16).

Using beer economics that seventy quid 1979 = 150 pints which in today's money = £600.

trufan 06-03-2018 11:06 AM

Holmesdale for me. Arrived around 6 and couldn't get near our usual spot in the middle of the old singing section. Stood somewhere around the floodlight on the AW side. What a night. Won't forget it as long as I live. Walked back to the Forum in the Whitgift Centre and arrived home in Selsdon after 2am. Apparently there was a Cup Final next day, but it pretty much passed me by. :)

racehorse-80s 06-03-2018 11:09 AM

In the Holmesdale and on the pitch after .

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