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Memories of plainmoor

Posted: 04 Nov 2017, 11:22
by BlueandGold53
Best ever memories, standing in 'The Shed' watching the Northcott brothers Ernie Pym and of course Robin and his merry men. That Spurs game was just unbelievable, kids in the trees and running out of pasties. Thanks to all concerned. Remember Ben Street collecting the ball every time it was kicked out of the ground. Great times and consider myself lucky to have been there.

Memories of plainmoor

Posted: 04 Nov 2017, 13:30
by merse btpir
westyorkshiregull wrote:
03 Nov 2017, 18:34
Wow that is amazing. The old cowshed I assume went across from either side and the mini stand erected in the middle. But why did the mini stand get built with still the bit of cow shed either side
This is not so; yes the Mini Sand was built directly behind the goal but to it's left was open wooden railway sleeper and red dirt terracing that used to stand under the part that collapsed under the weight of the 1963 snowfall.......until then the old structure had more or less stretched from corner flag to corner flag.

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The Cowshed
at the biggest it ever was


The remnants of the old Cow Shed still stood to it's right towards the grandstand until that too was pulled down and the Mini Stand was actually extended to either side to make it wider.

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The stand was a pre-fabricated structure made by a garage building company in Coventry and erected once delivered on site in 1967 and the old weed strewn earthen banking that had been between the back of the Cow Shed and the perimeter wall was removed and replaced by a tarmac and floodlit area with a weight shed underneath the new stand where we used to rain (as amateurs) in the evenings.

Memories of plainmoor

Posted: 04 Nov 2017, 19:47
by westyorkshiregull
Amazing about that bit in front of grandstand. I wonder if it was because close to the dugout? Better view I doubt ?.
Sub section within a grandstand, guess like the 3 tier prices at big stadiums. Love to know more about this.

Those pictures are brill merse, the cow shed look like exactly what it sounds like. The atmosphere when we got 5 figure crowds must have been amazing. The way plainmoor has matured into what I would call a fantastic modern stadium is surperb. But these old grandstand hold many memories for many people. The mini stand was a massive part of my early supporting. A lot of kids with there dad's, and people smoking cigars and pipes , I can smell it now.
Remember back in them days , getting players autographs was something that was done. Do people do that any more? Not talking adults but the kids?. I used to jump the boarding from the mini stand and get players autographs. At my parents house I still have much stuff which next time I see them i will post some pictures. A autograph book with loram , Dobson, Kenny Allen, Matthew Elliot ECT , those blow up sherpa van trophy seagulls , them yellow flags ...all sorts more.

Memories of plainmoor

Posted: 05 Nov 2017, 16:10
by Wraysburygull
Some great stuff on here.
Does anyone remember when MOTD has just the 1 game and around 1968 I reckon, it was us! A table topping match at Plainmoor against Bury, and we won 3-0. Stood in a packed Babbacombe End.We were on again a couple of years later v Fulham, winning again.
I think our decline can be traced back as far as those times. John Bond buggered off to Bournemouth and took half the team with him. 10000 crowds became 5000 almost overnight it seemed to me,and the rest is history I guess.
Don’t know whether there was a general deckin in gates at that time but ours seemed to drop through the floor .

Memories of plainmoor

Posted: 05 Nov 2017, 21:42
by westyorkshiregull
Wraysburygull wrote:
05 Nov 2017, 16:10
Some great stuff on here.
Does anyone remember when MOTD has just the 1 game and around 1968 I reckon, it was us! A table topping match at Plainmoor against Bury, and we won 3-0. Stood in a packed Babbacombe End.We were on again a couple of years later v Fulham, winning again.
I think our decline can be traced back as far as those times. John Bond buggered off to Bournemouth and took half the team with him. 10000 crowds became 5000 almost overnight it seemed to me,and the rest is history I guess.
Don’t know whether there was a general deckin in gates at that time but ours seemed to drop through the floor .

Seen some still pictures of that match of the day event , but I would imagine the video does not exist any more. What golden material that would be. Did anyone on here actually watch it on t.v.? How many cameras were there, the picture i saw was the of the pop side and the tv platform on top on the roof. Can anyone tell me was that platform there just for that game ? I nearly had footage from plainmoor from the 1970s and all sorts but I've said in other threads the availability of it was taken out my hands. I'm going to get back in the case tomorrow as I've a day off work. The history section on TFF is amazing but i would love this forum to also have a history section to do justice to yesterday. I could read all day long posts about anything about any of our history. what we need is some golden exhibets on here to really get the interest going. There is not much on there but search westyorkshiregull on YouTube and those torquay videos are the ones i used to buy of that bloke who used to fil. Matches. He was called Brian and I'm not sure if he is still doing business as his website is now shut down. He lived on Marnham road and did media stuff to do with recording , editing ECT back in the day. He told me his first game was the Crewe 87 game and after that , I assume the next season the club asked him if he could film games for the manager to use in his training the following week. I used to buy the tapes off him. Remember him anyone ?
Has anyone any old school video footage. I'm sure many would love too see it , if they have I'll happy pay postage and would edit it on laptop and upload it if they would like to share it online ?
Those crowds we used to get as quoted above , makes you wonder why the support did drop like it did. Maybe the introduction of live games on tv? , people working weekends? , team doing worse ? Looks like other clubs same thing aswell. But some clubs increase over the years.
2000 seems good these days but even on my time during parts of the 80s and 90s we could pull 2500 plus on a reasonable regular pattern. To be fair when we were playing better. The 88/89 season was only few thousand and a bit some games but look at Wembley in the sherpa van trophy , I'm sure we took 20000 plus there. The fans are there and people do care, not everyone but it's just a shame more don't make effort. Also I wonder if the club is attracting more younger fans as TORBAY must a percentage like me have moved away from the bay many years ago so don't attend many home games. I do only one or 2 home games and 6 or 7 away games. Difficult like many of us With family's and work commitments.