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Re: Your memories of the Memorial Ground
Posted by: Blessing
Date: 06/04/2008 11:01
One of the great pleasures of the old ground was the ability to walk around it during the course of the game, saying "hello", on one's journey, to a wide array of very eccentric characters, each with their own chosen perch, and finally to end the game beneath the selectors box on the cinders in the grand old wooden stand and applaud the teams as they left the field.

I first started watching Bristol, as an 11 year old boy back in 1958, and I attended my first game carrying a silver bugle I had somehow acquired as a swap with someone at school who had suffered a brain injury in a road accident and was advised by his doctor not to blow on it any more. I think I gave him a model of a Spitfire in exchange.

At the game I started to try and blow it weakly in a vaguely musical way, prompting a distinguished old miltary man standing on the terrace in front of me to turn around and say "Young manI hope youre not going to do that in my ear all day are you?"

I was both admonished and impressed.

I also enjoyed watching the two committee men, what was there names, both departed, who would in their blazers stroll around the ground looking up into the crowd acknowleging with nods, various friends.

Once they had done their circuit I developed my own routine, always looking up into the crowd for people I knew. I remember Mark Hoskins, now of Radio Bristol fame, and his group of odd ball friends who always would cheer me as I went by, laughing at my apparent eccentricity, something that somewhat baffled and slightly annoyed me, I must confess. Still does to this day.

Now that I can't do a circuit perhaps people wonder where Ive gone. Praise the lord. I'm still here, and God willing may be for a few more years.

Thanks for remembering me. I shall always remember you.

Sorry about the previously unedited version with so many errors, now hopefully corrected.

Further edited 4 years later!

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