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    For the Older Supporters

    What was your favourite end before the stadium was turned into a concrete mausoleum

    I started off in the Gallowgate End in the late 50ís, then the Leazes End and ended up in the Popular End

    Loved the old Leazes End though

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    Started off in Centre Paddock in old West Stand, moved to Leazes then Gallowgate. In 1978 got my first season ticket in West Stand (for the extortionate price of £12) Did not really like the seats so used to sell my season ticket and pay to get in the scoreboard or corner for a few years. Swapped seats for ST in East Stand. Stayed there until I packed it all in a few years ago.
    Out of all that I pick the corner (may be cos thats where I saw Beardsley Waddle Keegan et al ) Happy days most of them. Even when we were pure shyte we always had hope and passion

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    Allways was the Gallowgate for me from my first game in short pants in 1946 until I moved away from the area in 1964.

    When I've returned, usually with one or both of my sons we have treated ourselves to a seat in the Milburn Stand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex_pat_magpie View Post
    Allways was the Gallowgate for me from my first game in short pants in 1946 until I moved away from the area in 1964.


    When I've returned, usually with one or both of my sons we have treated ourselves to a seat in the Milburn Stand.
    My Mam used to work in the old Bovril Shop underneath the old scoreboard in the Gallowgate End.

    She then moved to the shop in the Popular End top corner next to Leazes End free pie and Bovril for me and a couple of mates

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    For me as a youngster it was always the Leazes End with my mates, although my first-ever match when my uncle took me it was in the Paddock - passed over the heads to sit on the "running track".

    I just loved the pre-match atmosphere in the Leazes. No need for somebody screaming over the tannoy to whip up the singing and chanting.
    Tanner-a-bag for peanuts, massive queue at the Boys' Gate, no roof on the netty, Football Pink for the results.
    Sorry - just went into full Ron Manager mode!

    Nowadays whenever I can get home, given my advancing years, I treat myself to the Milburn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KemptownMag View Post
    For me as a youngster it was always the Leazes End with my mates, although my first-ever match when my uncle took me it was in the Paddock - passed over the heads to sit on the "running track".

    I just loved the pre-match atmosphere in the Leazes. No need for somebody screaming over the tannoy to whip up the singing and chanting.
    Tanner-a-bag for peanuts, massive queue at the Boys' Gate, no roof on the netty, Football Pink for the results.
    Sorry - just went into full Ron Manager mode!

    Nowadays whenever I can get home, given my advancing years, I treat myself to the Milburn.
    That took me back too being passed down to the front by the blokes. You had to stay stiff rigid until you got down to the front. Aye and the lad with the peanuts. He must have been a fantastic cricket fielder. He could hurl a bag of peanuts so accurately, hardly ever missed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheOtherTerryMac View Post
    My Mam used to work in the old Bovril Shop underneath the old scoreboard in the Gallowgate End.

    She then moved to the shop in the Popular End top corner next to Leazes End free pie and Bovril for me and a couple of mates
    I must have had a cup or two from your Ma over the years Terry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex_pat_magpie View Post
    That took me back too being passed down to the front by the blokes. You had to stay stiff rigid until you got down to the front. Aye and the lad with the peanuts. He must have been a fantastic cricket fielder. He could hurl a bag of peanuts so accurately, hardly ever missed.
    I remember when it was snowing I got passed over everyones heads to sit in the straw behind the goal in the Gallowgate End

    There was no health and safety then

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    Quote Originally Posted by ex_pat_magpie View Post
    I must have had a cup or two from your Ma over the years Terry.
    You would have Bill

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    First ever game was in the wooden West Stand. Thereafter always in the Gallowgate - few years in the scoreboard and then the corner till I moved away.

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