It feels like I have been waiting for this game for a while. In League terms it’s been 10,801 days but who’s counting, eh? I bet Steve Claridge and his manager still remember that day well! Our track record with today’s visitors is indeed one of sporadicity. It took 75 years to meet the Tractorboys for the first time and it’s been 29 years since the last duel, in League competition anyway.
Today’s old programme focus is a division two fixture against our next opponents, Sheffield Wednesday, this time played on 16 October 1982, our fifth season of six in said division. Our visitors were managed by none other than Jack Charlton and it is fair to say their squad looked, shall we say, decent for the time. Some interesting comments in the programme from schoolchildren who had been guests at the previous home game against Carlisle. Apart from anything else they seemed to enjoy the “food” on offer at the game. The “look back in time” feature was interesting too, 1972 at Southport in front of a crowd of over 7,000(yes, 7,000). What would the Sandgrounders do today for a crowd of even half that?
Anyway a decent game that day ended in a 2-2 draw. We were though two down within ten minutes of the restart(both from Gary Bannister, remember him?) but Floyd Street and Chris Turner saved the day in front of a crowd of 5,677, which I sincerely hope is bettered this time round.
And to end on a really cheery note. Ten Nazi leaders are hanged as war criminals after the Nuremberg war trials on this day in 1946, including Joachim von Ribbentrop who was the first. He had been responsible as foreign secretary for the non-aggression pact signed with Russia in 1939. Which lasted until the advent of Operation Barbarossa and the invasion of Russia in 1941!
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