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  1.  WWent to Wembley in 1966 as a fifteen year old, my dad got me a ticket on the Friday before the match from a mate who had been working on the west stand. The club had given them 4 tickets between them. I left the ground refusing to watch Everton doing their lap of honour I was devastated. I was still going  to the games in the early nineties and  and saw that great victory in the league cup. What a win that was.

    I also went to Wembley for. the two cup finals against Arsenal. We had another couple of good seasons in the following two years (pundits on Five live even tipped Wednesday for the title) Unfortunately it didn't go on from there. Football has been cyclical but the money in the Premier league is making the jump to the premier league farmore difficult .


  2. I was driving home half listening to praise or grumble on Radio Sheffield when they went to interview the then Wednesday manager David Pleat, my 10 year old son said to me "dad just listen to him he talks rubbish". I listened for the next few minutes, to Pleat avoiding questions and answering other questions that were not even asked.That made my mind up for me I wasn't going to give them any more of my money its too hard to come by.  I have weakened once or twice over the intervening years but I don't see any light at the end of a very dark tunnel. 


  3. My workmate a lad called Brian was due to get engaged to his girl friend on Boxing day in the early 1970's. Anyway his girl friend got pregnant and so it was arranged for him to get married straight after Christmas.

    That meant that he had his bachelor night in  mid December.

    We all met up and eventually ended up in the courtyard at the Stonehouse, after a couple of drinks the Salvation Army came in and started to sing Christmas carols.To allow them to be more visible they were allowed up the stairs to sing on the small balcony and Brian somehow managed to gratecrash the choir and lustily joined in the singing.

    Unfortunately for him the management took a dim view of this and unceremoniously removed him but boy did we have a good laugh.


  4. I hope this story is of interest to you.

    My mum Enid Tidy now sadly deceased was born in 1923 and lived in Coleford Road  she was bombed  out on the Sunday night of the Sheffield blitz. Unfortunately I do not know the names of everyone involved because mum related the story to us as children and time takes its toll.

    When the  alarm was sounded the next door neighbours asked   if they could come in to my mum's parents shelter,  because their shelter was flooded and it was agreed they could. A landmine scored a direct hit on my mum's house and everyone in the shelter was knocked to the floor. My granddad asked them all to state if they were ok and they all said yes but the next door neighbour had lost his false teeth,they were later found still clenched in a piece of malt loaf.

    The neighbours to the other side stayed in their front room and were found the next day all were dead.

    The ARP wardens shelter across the road was destroyed and all but one of the wardens were killed.The survivor was apparently stood in the doorway and was blown to safety.

    My uncles Sidney and George had spent the raid in the cellars of the Darnall Liberal club and at the all clear decided to go sightseeing but did not see any bomb damage until they came to the bottom of their road.

    My Granddad was an ambulance man at Davy's and my uncles said there was bandages all over the road it looked as though the debris had been trimmed up.

    My mum's dog Pat dug himself out of the rubble and moved with the family to Motehall Road on the Manor then he disappeared and was found days later sitting on the rubble.


  5. My mum lived in Coleford road across from.. the church she was bombed out in 1940.T.he ARP wardens shelter was hit and six of the seven wardens were killed

    I was born and brought up on the Littledale estate and my mum lived there for 63 years before moving to an old folks home where she passed away in 2018.

    We always watched the parade with Eric morley leading  the way, we also used to see him sometimes in the darnall liberal club where my dad and I became life members(after 25 years membership) . It is sad to see how rundown darnall appears but I have happy memories of the park  and going to the saturday matinee at the Lyric cinema


  6. I worked at edward pryor from 1967 to 1977 hated every minute of it but I do remember quite a few people who worked there.

    Machine shop Ted Belk Brian Cowling Ken Cook Byron Watson Sam Richardson Keith Dalton Steve Spencer Ian Forrester Bob Batty Alf  Cooper Terry Watson.  Inspection Bert Hay Phil Goddard Tom Morell Doug Knowles Fitting Shop Melvyn Willett Bill Mathers Johnny Ball Trevor Hunston Ernest burkinshaw  ad hoc Ron metcalfe Graham Peck and Pete Vernon who still works there after 50 years

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