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Topic: Top 3 Tamworth games ?
Posted By: Colbefc1
Subject: Top 3 Tamworth games ?
Date Posted: 25 Mar 2020 at 8:36pm

While we are kicking our heels until the football comes back I thought it would be interesting to know your top 3 Tamworth games and the reasons why they are your favourites ?
Also do you have a favourite non-Tamworth game?

Posted By: LukeTFC
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2020 at 6:34am
There is definitely many games that I have been to over the years which I would class as top games and I suppose it depends how you read the question because is it the occasion which made it so special or the actual quality of the game itself, if it is the latter then you need to include many of the FA Cup Games, the Trophy Final etc

For me though, I’m going to pick the most memorable

1) Folkestone away - will never ever forget this game. Top on the final day, I was 14 years old and travelled down with my uncle along with about 10 other coaches. There must’ve been 800-1000 Tamworth fans for a 4 1/2 trip, it was mental. Anyway, a win and we were up but unfortunately could only draw 3-3 and we missed a penalty (Darren Roberts I believe)
This was well before iPhones but there was rumblings that Kettering only drew at Tiverton Town and we all piled on the pitch, only to be told that they’d won 2-1 and we ended up 2nd and therefore not promoted

2) Everton away - again not so much the result but to see over 6000 Tamworthians was something else. The day in Liverpool was superb and I’ve never seen the station as busy at 7.30 as it was that day. The team played brilliant and I can’t foresee us travelling to an established Premier side again for a good number of years, if again at all in my lifetime

3) Havant away - FA Trophy semi final. I didn’t include the FA Trophy as I was unwell so had no pleasant experience in the stands feeling like death. However, the 2nd Leg of the semi final was drama all over. We held a 1-0 lead from the previous week which was watched by around 2500 and we took 1000 down to the south coast but we lost the game 1-0 and then had a man sent off in extra time (Rob Warner I think) hut Scott Rickards scored and thankfully we held on. The scenes were something else

I could include many others like Stoke home and away, Bournemouth, Burton in Fa Cup along with many title winning games in 2003 and 2008 (or around then anyway)

Posted By: Pricey2
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2020 at 7:56am
All fair shouts those Luke and I could write about Goodison again but would basically replicate yours - halcyon days.

So, I've picked three different ones plus a bogey game.

My first good un comes from Dec'06 in the FA cup 2nd round and was away to Rushden with us chasing a 3rd round spot for the second year running. H had organised a mystery tour and if I remember right, we left the lamb about half 7. Rushden is in Northants col and we could easily have cycled it in that time and the fitter ones could probably have ran it in the seven and a half hours travelling time we had allowed. Needless to say, many refreshment stops were factored in and we stopped in a village the name of which I can't remember but suffice to say, the pub was well utilised and it led to some interesting purchases from a nearby charity shop. One TFC fan attended the game wearing a tartan pleated old ladies' skirt and one bought a mannequin (full size) who he bravely but sadly failed to get into the ground, even when telling the steward it was his girlfriend!

The game was superb in terms of tension, less so in quality (from what I remember). Steve Burton stabbed one in to put us ahead first half (a player who looked to have it all but never really amounted to much), we held on thereafter until Johnny Mac scored a fantastic free kick to make it 2-0. Rushden pulled one back and we clung on to get through. Cue wild celebrations and an off licence stop for the journey homev- god knows what time we got back but we all dreamed of Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge, Goodison, we got (then championship side) Norwich at home and lost 1-4 on the telly.

Great day - two other slightly more off the wall picks to come.

The bad news is time flies. The good news is we are the pilots

Posted By: Pricey2
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2020 at 8:14am
The second one comes from 21st April '09.

We were at home to Hinckley penultimate game of the season and a win guaranteed promotion. Obviously being a title winning season, this goes down as one of my favourites. Millsy built a really strong squad that year who scrapped for one another and Gareth Sheldon had the season of his life (didn't play for us again after or anyone much really).

Anyway, it was a Tuesday night and 1410 (I had to Google that but I knew it was a decent gate) turned up to see if we could do it. I had an additional problem of a night shift starting at 10pm so I would be leaving after approx 80mins.

For this reason, I was very eager the game kicked off at 7.45, not 7.46 or even 7.47. They were pretty tardy though - always the way.

It was a strange game. We dominated possession and chances but they looked a threat on the break and we got to half time at 0-0.

Tension mounted and my clock watching became obsessive. I realised now I would be leaving after 75mins, not 80 thanks to some poor timekeeping. With the clock on 65,;Nick Wright ran through, slotted it under the keeper and caused pandemonium celebrations.

10mins later, I was in the car, on the way to work. I didn't have it in me to check my phone again as I thought it could ruin my shift if we had f@@Ked it up late on.

7am, check my phone. "Finished 1-0, we're up mate!" was the text from Ross. No late calamities and him and Dan plus hundreds of others had been on the pitch celebrating. The following Saturday,Telford was my birthday (25th April so would have been last game of the season this year too - bitter sweet) and we had a celebration away game then.

That was our last championship win (hopefully another one soon) but memorable for me in a different way to most!

The bad news is time flies. The good news is we are the pilots

Posted By: Pricey2
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2020 at 9:51am
Another thing I loved being in the Conference was playing the big boys and dishing out the odd bloody nose.

January 2010 we had Oxford away. People can argue the biggest clubs who have been in non league and Oxford would definitely be towards the top of that list.

It was a cold, cold day and me, Ross and Dan travelled. Dan had a mate from his uni days who was an Oxford resident and fan so she guided us to a couple of decent boozers pre match, so suitably warmed up, we arrived at the Kassam which is a very impressive 3/4 of a ground.

We were tough to beat that year and had Iyseden Christie up top who was a wily old fox. He managed to chip the keeper first half for us to go 1 up. Nestled up in the gods down the side but near the open car park end, the goal was a long way away and it took a while to realise it had gone in before celebrations broke out.

Oxford dominated the rest of the game but somehow, we eked it out to hold on and win 1-0. There was over 5k in the ground that day and ten years later, they stand four levels above us but we could mix it with the likes of them and Mansfield and Luton back in the day.

Happy days so those are my slightly eclectic three and just leaves the bogey...

The bad news is time flies. The good news is we are the pilots

Posted By: Pricey2
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2020 at 10:01am
New Year's Day 2011.

This is a memorable game but not for the right reasons. As often over the festive season, public transport is a non runner so I had decided to drive to Alfreton and took New Year's Eve very lightly indeed. One beer at midnight to welcome the year in but sober the rest of the night to ensure I could convey us to the game in the morning.

Bitterly cold start but checked the website and BBC to see no news of a cancellation and set off. We were there an hour before kick off and the lads had a couple of beers while I looked forward to the game.

One memorable thing from this game is a Richard Tait outside of the foot 30yd screamer into the inside of the stansion for TFC's 2nd goal in the last minute.

I was one of only a handful of TFC fans to see this because despite a healthy following at the start of the game, what had happened in the previous 89 had set most of them off on the trip home. The game finished 5-2 to Alfreton and I don't remember a worse start to a game ever. 1 down after 19 secs without having touched the ball, we kicked off to restart, lost the ball and were 2 down inside 2minutes.

At this point, my decision to jib off new year's eve celebrations seemed mortally unwise - football ey!

And no one believes how good Taity's goal was

The bad news is time flies. The good news is we are the pilots

Posted By: Pricey2
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2020 at 2:23pm
Originally posted by Colbefc1 Colbefc1 wrote:

While we are kicking our heels until the football comes back I thought it would be interesting to know your top 3 Tamworth games and the reasons why they are your favourites ?
Also do you have a favourite non-Tamworth game?

My favourite non TFC game, I was only a kid but Palace knocking out Liverpool in the 1990 semi final with Ian Wright coming on as a sub. There may have been better games since but as a kid, getting into football, them games on the telly where about a million things seem to happen stick with you.

The bad news is time flies. The good news is we are the pilots

Posted By: Pricey2
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2020 at 2:26pm

Don't know if the link above will work but you can find it on YouTube. Well worth a rerun in these sport-free days.

The bad news is time flies. The good news is we are the pilots

Posted By: Colbefc2
Date Posted: 26 Mar 2020 at 11:37pm
Superb stories Luke and Ian, thanks, great to hear about some of Tamworth games before I even knew where Tamworth was :)

Even though my knowledge and experience of Tamworth games is somewhat lacking, for what it is worth here are my three fav Tamworth games :

1/  Top has to be the Everton v Tamworth game.  Without this game I would never have posted on this forum ( I still dont know what made me want to do it), never have met all the wonderful people I have there or enjoyed quite a few, and growing, trips to The Lamb :)  That was 8 years ago, wow.  Time sure flies but I am not sure we are the pilots, well certainly not sure I am  :)

2/  Has to be my first Tamworth game, against Gateshead in March 2012, I remember it was a gorgeous sunny day, Ian picked me up at the station and took me to the White Lion where I first met Henry :)
Then we went to the clubhouse and I will never forget the amount of people that came up to me to say hello and telling me how glad they were that I had come down.
I can't remember too much about the game but I think Gateshead won 1-0.
Then it was back in the clubhouse and I ended up getting the 7.30 train back to Liverpool and I vaguely remember I slept all the way home- 2 or 3 ciders, or maybe 4, was an excellent sleeping tablet.
That was the first of many games I have enjoyed there but one I will never forget.

3/ This would have to be my last trip down there, against Stratford Town, a nice 4-1 win.  My next trip up was going to be the next Saturday but sadly we all know what happened to that.
The reason this is in my top 3 is because I think it is gonna be many months before I am able to enjoy my next trip to The Lamb.  Fingers crossed :)

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