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    What season did it all change?

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    Approx 1983-5 play Forest (I'm certain) I was not even 5, School End Dad carried my toilet step up to the ground so I could see over the advertising hoarding....we won 2-1 and that's it.

    All memories there after were away days

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    Loved the terrace era, walking up the steps from the turnstiles to the back of the loft was always special. Great atmosphere at nearly every game, a few poo my pants moments when away teams stormed the loft (I was young). Mingling with the same faces each game and as someone has already said, you tended to stand in the same spot each game, it was always your spot ha ha. Also stood a few times in the paddocks, had a season when we had the plastic pitch standing by the tunnel, loved that. Budgie coming out on his hands most of the time, players being so close and hearing all that went on in the dugouts was always great.

    Wish we could have them back, it would increase the capacity without making it dangerous. Certainly the paddocks and the lower tiers behind the goals could be reverted back. Oddly enough I watched an episode of the Sweeney recently where Reagan chased a staff member through the loft, it was quite large and makes the current arrangement look very small.

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    On Tuesday 14th Jan 1974 we played Chelsea in an FA Cup 3rd round replay.

    The game was unusual in that is was a mid week game that kicked off in the afternoon due to the winter of discontent, power cuts etc, I think it was 2pm kick off, I bunked of school to go to the game.

    As was usual in them days the scum took the Loft, Stanley scored a great headed goal, and we won 1-0, and the crowd, probably the best part of 30,000

    At the final whistle the scum fans invaded the pitch from the Loft end, demolishing the kids section wall as the charged.

    What I never understood, was why the kids section never rebuild.

    We use to win cup games in those days, unlike today.
    Last edited by cross it Dave; 14-12-2016 at 06:12 PM.
    I have supported Rangers for 49 seasons.

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    Originally Posted by West Acton
    Remember playing Arsenal midweek when half the terrace had been demolished but half was still open. There were bits of the smashed up terrace you could lean through the fence and get and I still have a chunk of the terrace at home
    Remember that night well. First half, myself and Patterson were in the paddock then made our way round to the loft in the second to give seaman stick.
    nsa/cia spy on this..............┌∩┐(◣_◢)┌∩┐

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    If loft terrace returned who would return to standing instead of sitting

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    na standing not for me,even if u over 3ft and cant sit without ya knees by your ears and end up with piles these days.
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    Originally Posted by Gtleighsr3
    na standing not for me,even if u over 3ft and cant sit without ya knees by your ears and end up with piles these days.
    Your seat is clearly same as mine

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    Originally Posted by Marsh67
    Although I remember 2 occasions when Birmingham and Arsenal had taken over the loft, Rangers congregated down stairs then on mass piled up the central stairs as it was then and re took it, I expect I was at the back end of the charge.
    My time on the terrace...

    Millwall early '70's...totally taken, we were overrun inside and outside, my wake up call when train pulls into Hanger Lane, doors open and they stepped off having ridden the lines looking for us! Lucky I was so young they just kicked us up the ####.

    West Ham, always took the Loft because Rangers didn't show up. Escaped a right hiding one game when a steward opened a gate to let 50 of us through when we'd been tumbled.

    Chelsea, not there in '68, but they cleared us in minutes early '74, myself and my pals pegging across the pitch to the Paddock where the halfway line mob were not taken. Later in '74 an evening fixture produced fireworks. Eerie atmosphere, standing in Loft knowing the place was full of both firms, no singing, nobody sure who was who until this bloke in a leather coat about four feet away from me in front of the main stairs chirps up, "come on you blues", geezer next to me asks' "which blues are they then?" Mayhem ensues, brutal brawling for early part of the game, I got nicked. Chelsea virtually had their way with us from then on, until all ticket segregation became serious.

    Arsenal....by far the biggest rows on the Loftus Rd terrace. Backwards and forwards, fights breaking out continually, very evenly matched though Gooners were lucky for police protection. Also noticed how many older (30's plus) gents they had, odd to us as nearly all involved were 15 - 20. Then Arsenal faded away, by the end of the decade they'd virtually disappeared.

    Spurs. Not much inside, couple of horror stories on the streets.

    Fulham, good start down the beer trailer in '79, but they were on their toes sharpish upstairs.

    Charlton, caught us on the hop one year getting in early, but caved in quickly and were eventually led down to the School End after being pushed to the wall down by the Ellerslie.

    Notable mentions...Birmingham, big surprise but routed after when everyone came in.

    Newcastle...total shock. Walked in to drink at trailer and discovered hundreds of 'em up on the terrace. Wouldn't have been any trouble (until later anyway when the end started filling up), but the Geordies tried to push it and much to our delight came unstuck and were run over to the tea bar(balcony). The later arrivals were gobstruck when we told them of the nonsense.

    Man Utd...don't recall '76 being a problem, do remember how badly we turned 'em over in '77 which I wouldn't believe if you told me, 'cept I was there.
    Last edited by BostonR; 07-08-2017 at 01:32 AM.

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