The Kop

Simonized

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Yes, seen that video before. It was the Kop when I started watching BFC regularly in 1970, with the roof still on, no centre segregation fence and the full size floodlights. Walking up the back and onto a full Kop was a sight to behold and got the adrenalin going
Watching that was straight back to my pre teens and beyond.
 

Old_Laytonian

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I once arrived late having played rugby in the morning and the shortest queue was nearest Central Drive and walked in to be amongst 1000s of Sunderland fans. We went 2-0 up and I never reacted. Halftime I made my way shuffling to the Blackpool side end. You youngsters won’t will realise like it was like to be on the Kop then. Anyway I was there when Mickey Walsh scores that goal
 

Dave62

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Never had the experience of standing on an unsegregated kop (thankfully), but I can remember getting away as soon as the final whistle went in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland in March 78. I was stood near the top of the stand.
I just got on the number 12 bus on Lytham Rd when a load of their fans saw me and started rocking the bus. I thought the old women on the bus were going to make me get off !!!

I'm always proud of that old kop when I see pictures and videos like this - it was a huge stand and I miss it
 

bfcpete

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I think the capacity was officially 16000 before it was split. In the 1950s, with 30k plus crowds they must have allowed more
 

Simonized

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i used to stand at the gates waiting for them to open about two hours before kick off so i could get a prime spot on the wall at the front.
It's interesting how you moved up the kop as you got older?
I started off on the pitch side wall and the main point I remember before I was tall enough to stand up near Pommo.
It was being able to climb on the handrail on the wall on the right as you looked at the pitch and watch from there.
Elf n safety would have been doing summersaults if it had been around back then.
 

Bloodtangerine

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I once arrived late having played rugby in the morning and the shortest queue was nearest Central Drive and walked in to be amongst 1000s of Sunderland fans. We went 2-0 up and I never reacted. Halftime I made my way shuffling to the Blackpool side end. You youngsters won’t will realise like it was like to be on the Kop then. Anyway I was there when Mickey Walsh scores that goal
And what a goal it was!
 

Tangerinemoss

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Spent most of my youth in the Scratters, but did visit the Kop occasionally. Unsegregated as a young teen, it was something else. Could be great crack, but could be terrifying. The singers used the echo from the roof to great effect, it amplified a single very deep voice to lead the whole lot.
 

Pauls_Boutique

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Mentioned it on a similar thread a week or so ago but I only remember the kop when it was half shut and looking a mess. Someone mentioned it was shut down due to the steps at the back being to steep.
 

bleach51

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Spent my early formative days on the Spion Kop.
No segregation in the early days...remember Dennis Law getting sent off ( Nov 64 ..have to admit to googling it for the year..turns out I was 13 at the time ) and the Scumbag United fans started to throw bottles,etc from the top one of which hit me on the head( which might still explain things about me today 😳) .My Mum was not happy as I had a very large lump on my head When I got home which was difficult to explain as to why I’d got it and so she sent a letter of complaint 😳to Man U ( Matt Busby actually).It is still,but not the only reason,I still find it difficult to have any reason to like Manure supporters and Man U full stop.Worse thing is the barstools won 2 1
Looking back in those days and for a good number of years after the Kop was a potentially dangerous place to support BFC on as there were often very large away fans in the same area and as we know it all end up with a tragic event against the other scumbags Bolton, though on that Occassion I was in the West with my then girlfriend( wife now for coming up to 45 years😉) as otherwise I would have been on the Kop that day too.
Oh and wasn’t the Mickey Walsh goal scored at the South Stand end...I was there for that magic moment too🥳 but again up in the West.
 
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