West Ham United's home game against Nottingham Forest on the 17th August 1968 in a game which saw Geoff Hurst scoring the only goal was the start of my programme collection.
Often when I look back through these paper gems of yesteryear, they invoke the memories of games that I had thought were lost forever, suddenly come flooding back. We all remember the good times especially the Cup Final wins against Preston '64, Fulham '75 and the Arse '80 and also those victories inflicted over our London rivals and the never to be forgotten games against Manchester United. Not least of all the Carlos Tevez goal against the Red Devil's on the very last day of the 2006-07 campaign to ensure we stayed in the Premiership.
But there are other memories, like when I look at the Mansfield Town F.A. Cup 5th Round programme from my first season I recall not only the three goals we conceded against the Stags that night, but also the vivid recollection of playing truant from school on no less than three occasions. The first two times the match was postponed at short notice because of heavy snow falls up North. Having suffered for 90 minutes in freezing temperature’s watching our faithful succumbed to lower league opposition when the game finally did take place, the journey home was none-the-less more eventful with the coach breaking down and me getting an ear-bashing from mum when I finally arrived home after 4 am the next morning. No mobile phones in those days.