Mick's Football Memories

Mick’s Football Memories – part 11

In the Herts. County League at the conclusion of the 1960/61 season Leavesden Hospital won the Premier Division, St.Helens Division One, Leggatts Way Old Boys Division Two and Redbourn Reserves Division Three. Knebworth finished a very respectable fourth in Division One, with the reserves again finishing lower mid table in Division Three. The Aubrey Cup was won by Borehamwood Saints.

In the Amateur Cup Hitchin Town reached the semi-finals, losing to the eventual winners, Walthamstow Avenue by a controversial goal. Walthamstow went on to win the final defeating West Auckland Town 2-1.

In 1961 a new name appeared on the European Cup as Benfica led by Eusebio beat Barcelona by 3 goals to 2 in the final.

That same year I was up the rec. on a Saturday afternoon watching Knebworth and listening to my transistor radio, which was a very new invention. On the radio was the commentary of a Home International match between England and Scotland, the final score of which was England 9 Scotland 3. This was at a time when league matches were not postponed if clubs had players on international duty, no matter how many players were selected from any one club.

Over the next few years my area of interest in football would change considerably and there were numerous reasons for this. The decline of my beloved Wolves, most of the players I had been watching over many years were retiring or had moved on. Violence was starting to creep in on the terraces at league grounds, which would eventually lead to segregation of supporters and fencing erected around the perimeter of pitches.

I started work and was playing football on a more regular basis but there would still be the odd trip to Molineux or Highbury if I was not playing. Highbury was very easy to get to by train and I would come home from work on a Saturday lunchtime, jump on a train to Finsbury Park and enter the ground via the turnstiles. This was to change and access to grounds would become more difficult if not planned in advance. I would never have the same intensity of interest in league football again.

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