A bit mixed in truth in that time and overall the Stags have the upper hand since we first locked horns with them in the 1972/73 season. Us oldies of course remember how that season ended up and whom we beat to clinch promotion to the third division! “And the whole of Barnwell shook with the deafening roar”.
Wandering down Cut Throat Lane it seems that not an awful lot has transpired on this date in the past. With the promotion season of 1972/3 above in mind we are focusing on 2 December 1972 and a home fixture with the Gulls from Torquay. This ended in a rather turgid 0-0 draw in front of just 3,244 although we had suffered a preposterous 5-1 thrashing at Workington the previous week. Not promotion form, seemingly although remarkably after the Workington thrashing we were still third in the table. This week’s featured programme from the Torquay game shows us as well that at that point the Stags were heading the table after twenty games which if nothing else demonstrates a season is a marathon not a sprint. Note the programme price of 5p including the Football league insert(about a fiver in today’s money), manager Bill Leivers was due to collect the October manager of the month award that afternoon(sponsored by Bell’s Scotch Whisky of course) and for Christmas you could buy a Utd rosette for 15p! Enjoy that and of course your return to the Abbey.
Finally, on this day in 1988 “Naked Gun”, based on TV’s Police Squad series, premiered in the US. Always worth a laugh.
Bye for now,
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