By Brian Hall
Wednesday 19 Dec 2012 09:56:00
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I was flicking through a book yesterday, given to me by two ToonTalk characters, Wraithy and Singe, and it made me chuckle again. I had not read it for a couple of years since it first came out. Looking at one section, it spoke of playing against Scunthorpe, and apologetically mentioned that they were never a team on our NUFC radius. I smiled, as it reminded me that they WERE on my radar 3 decades before. In 1974. In a very odd away match!


It took place down there on a freezing afternoon in the late January, during the week in daylight, for a start. A miners strike meant no floodlights were allowed, so it was off to the Cup tie which had to avoid darkness. Me and a mate took off early, instead of gannin to school, and joined the NUFC army to pack out the away end. Looking back, a lot of us had no idea where Scunthorpe was, but did know it was down South somewhere. We also were aware that their team were in a lower league than us, so our Familiar Friend, the GiantKiller, was lurking. But we avoided disaster - we had been held to a draw by them at home already, so it was a replay! The BBC and the rest of the national media were to be bitterly disappointed at the outcome at that Old Showground venue on that Wednesday afternoon. Our Cup Run blasted off in style. 3-0 victory. 


Yellow-shirted, if I remember rightly, were Supermac, Hibbitt, and the rest of the gang, they did the business, and we all went crackers. The 5th round was the reward. West Brom away, then the Quarters, "Remember Norttingham Forest", Burnley in the semi-final. I dont want to go any further into the outcome after that, at Wembley, and prefer to think of that day at Scunthorpe.


It was worth losing a day's education for, and being asked pretty awkward questions from a teacher the next day. He knew only too well where we had been, but was himself a Mag. Hence, no real bother landed about the absence from the building the day before.


Aye. Scunthorpe. Canny set of fans there really, but their older ones will remember that Day, When the Mags Came to Town. On that very odd afternoon in midweek daylight in 1974. Happy days!!


And by the way, the miners won their battle for better pay and conditions a month later, and the Tory government collapsed in the darkness.


 Happy days indeed.





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