Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – part 10

In May 1960 I watched arguably the best match I have ever seen on television. It was the European Cup Final between Real Madrid, including DiStefano and Puskas and the German champions Eintract Frankfurt. The game was played at Scotland’s Hampden Park in front of a crowd of 135,000, which I believe is still a record for a European club competition and is unlikely ever to be beaten. Real Madrid won 7-3, literally at a canter, securing their fifth successive victory in the competition.

For the 1959/60 season the Herts. County League had reconstituted it’s divisions into a Premier Division, Division One, Division Two, and Division Three, absorbing reserve sides into this structure and abolishing the Reserve Section. The only stipulation being that no two teams from the same club could play in the same division. At the conclusion of the season London Colney won the Premier Division, Marconi Instruments Division One, Leavesden Hospital Reserves Division Two and St.Helens Reserves Division Three. Knebworth finished in mid table in Division One and the reserves lower mid table in Division Three. The Aubrey Cup was won by Colney Heath.

In the Amateur Cup Hendon beat Kingstonian by 2 goals to 1.

The 1960/61 season was much less eventful. In my last year at school I continued to play for the school team and North Herts. Schools. I had started to think about what I wanted to do as a career after I left school and had decided I wanted to join the ground staff at Molineux. Sadly this was never going to be a reality, although one school mate did join the Luton Town ground staff. Wolves were to finish third in the Football League, behind champions Tottenham Hotspur. Tottenham had an excellent team and achieved what Manchester United and Wolves had failed to do and became the first team this century to achieve the league and FA Cup double. This was to be the beginning of the demise of the great Wolves team and players who had given me so many happy memories.

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