MikeO Posted July 18, 2006 Report Share Posted July 18, 2006 A long, long time ago I woke up on Christmas Day morning to see what Father Christmas had left for me. My (Liverpool supporting) brother, who I shared a bedroom with, was already up and had found a red and white scarf among the piles of nuts and oranges that were the norm back then...no Playstation games strangely . I immediately set off in search of my blue equivalent so imagine my horror when I discovered that I too had a red one, Santa had apparently made a gaffe of monstrous proportions . As it turned out the whole Santa thing was a con and in fact the scarf was from my dad and was for my local Southern League team, Guildford City. For a few years after that the team was a big part of my life...got season tickets..huddled round the radio at half time to get the Everton score..sat next to Geoff Hurst at a pre-season friendly against West Ham and watched us lose FA cup matches 4-2 at Watford and (sadly in common with Everton ) 2-1 at Shrewsbury...Terry Dyson scored for us that day though perhaps only 'licker will immediately twig who he was/is. Anyhow in around 1972 the club sold the ground (smashing little ground it was too, held 10,000 at a push) to developers with a promise that the local council would provide a new one...long story short, never happened and the club went out of business in 1974. I was nearly as upset as when Alan Ball went to the Arse. Thanks for reading this far..I'm coming to the point. Fifteen odd years ago the village club I played for as a lad, called Burpham changed their name to AFC Guildford and move to pitch within an athletic track just outside Guildford. More recently they changed their name to Guildford United and built a stand holding about 150 people. Now, for next season they are going back to the original Guildford City playing in the Combined Counties League Premier division, still a long way from where they used to be but it's a start. Love stories like this and the fact that it's got such a personal connection makes it even nicer. I may even buy a shirt (stripes BTW, like Southampton so not all red), it's the only non-Everton one I'd ever wear. Finally there is another slight connection to the Blues. Garry Peters, currently manager of Shrewsbury, started his career at Guildford City and I think I'm right in saying he was DM's boss at Preston for a while . He was an attacking full back ahead of his time...my dad used to scream at him constantly to stay back while he stormed off up the wing...good memories. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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