OUR weekly nostalgia features celebrating 125 years of Chester FC are proving a real hit with readers.
We have been taken aback by the number of Blues fans who have contacted us to reminisce about their favourite football memories.
Our latest journey down Memory Lane comes courtesy of Graeme Williams, 71, of Llandudno, who was a schoolboy living in Handbridge when Chester took on Chelsea in an FA Cup replay more than half-a-century ago.
The date was Wednesday, January 16, 1952, and the match was due to kick off in the afternoon, rather than in the evening, because there were then no floodlights at Sealand Road.
It meant Graeme faced the prospect of missing the big game because he was supposed to be in school!
He recalls: “Charles Race, who was the headmaster at the Grammar School, said we could have the afternoon off if any of us had tickets. I used to live round the corner from Frank Brown, the Chester manager, so off I went to his house to see if I could get a ticket.”
Luckily for Graeme, one of Brown’s four daughters was not planning on going to the match – so the spare complimentary ticket went to the young Chester-supporting schoolboy.
“The ticket was for the Kop and I could never understand why the Chester manager gave his daughters tickets for the Kop, rather than the main stand!” said Graeme, who was duly granted his afternoon off school to see Chester edged out 3-2 (after extra time) by the Londoners.
A huge crowd of 20,378 saw the game – not bad for a Wednesday afternoon in January!
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