The Kop

Dave62

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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.

I mentioned the steep steps at the back of the Kop PB, at least that was my recollection which was agreed by a few posters
I must admit to spending most matches at that time in the South Paddock, but I went on the Kop a fair number of times, and it was a great stand to look at from the South. Must have been terrifying pre-segregation though!

But you are right, it did look a bit of a mess in its final days sadly.
 

bleach51

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I mentioned the steep steps at the back of the Kop PB, at least that was my recollection which was agreed by a few posters
I must admit to spending most matches at that time in the South Paddock, but I went on the Kop a fair number of times, and it was a great stand to look at from the South. Must have been terrifying pre-segregation though!

But you are right, it did look a bit of a mess in its final days sadly.
Yes it did sadly...followed slowly but surely like the rest of the ground ...but I have to admit i loved standing in the South Paddock near the changing rooms ,you could smell the liniment ( deep heat when I played Sunday football😉 which was potentially very awkward if you rubbed it too close...) and then the South Stand itself where I would sit with my Dad until he could no longer go.
 

133HSL

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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
On that day I went to that match on my own(which was rare), went to the Kop and it was just a sea of Red and White(about half 2). I thought bu**er that and went to the South Paddock, the only match I ever remember watching from there ! However I was perfectly in line with Walsh's shot which looked as if it was was going well wide. then it curled then a bit more curl, then a bit more curl - then mayhem 😀😀😀
 

1966_and_all_that

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I was always a South paddock boy - I went with my dad. But when I went to reserve games you could go anywhere you liked and I often went on the Kop.
 

Soulbrother

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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.
One m please
 

Alfie Conn

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Love these stories of the old kop,when i was old enough to go on my own,early 80s the kop was a sad,neglected shadow of its former self and i only managed two games. Stockport County 82/83 a boring 0-0 draw,in fact that boring we tried to leave at half time and we werent allowed to do so.I remember a Stockport fan kindly handing me a stink bomb from under the partitioning to put in our half!,and the last game on the kop vs Colchester Utd where Clarkie got a last minute winner.
 

Mexboroseasider

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What's that clip actually from?
There was a programme about Blackpool generally (the town) made up of clips from over the years, and there was a small section about the club. From memory that scene had a voice over that’s missing, and was followed by scenes of the bus tour on the promenade after we’d been promoted to the PL.

I’m not sure when or what for the scene was originally filmed.
 

td53

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There was a programme about Blackpool generally (the town) made up of clips from over the years, and there was a small section about the club. From memory that scene had a voice over that’s missing, and was followed by scenes of the bus tour on the promenade after we’d been promoted to the PL.

I’m not sure when or what for the scene was originally filmed.
Cheers.

I got really into Ian Nairn's stuff a while book. He did a series called 'Football Towns' in the 70s and it's unbelievably evocative as is 'Nairn's Britain' where he goes from London to Edinburgh.

The fella isn't Ian Nairn, but I wondered if it was from something like that.
 

Seasideforever

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Sends shiver down the spine watching that,I remember getting to the turnstile at 1pm to get in from the age of 10 in the 70s and no segregation,fantastic on big crowd days.Who was the guy who led the chanting bit of an eccentric character ?
 

Mexboroseasider

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Cheers.

I got really into Ian Nairn's stuff a while book. He did a series called 'Football Towns' in the 70s and it's unbelievably evocative as is 'Nairn's Britain' where he goes from London to Edinburgh.

The fella isn't Ian Nairn, but I wondered if it was from something like that.
I’ve done a quick google and the documentary may have been called “Blackpool on Film”. BBC.
 

Simonized

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Sends shiver down the spine watching that,I remember getting to the turnstile at 1pm to get in from the age of 10 in the 70s and no segregation,fantastic on big crowd days.Who was the guy who led the chanting bit of an eccentric character ?
Pomo but I would say pommo be I have been told one M 🤣🤛
 

Levi501

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Thankyou. I'll see if I can turn it up!
I googled it last night, yes it was called ‘Blackpool on film’ bbc4 from Victorian times through the decades, but it wouldn’t allow me to play it on my iPad. Perhaps it can be played on another device.
 
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