Ever wondered what those cards the bench and the fourth official exchange before substitutions were? Well wonder no more. Today’s scans are those cards, and also the pre-match letter sent to the ref before we played West Ham in 2008.
Today’s scans come from the Briefing Notes for the first match at the new place. As I would rather not have a knock at my door I’ve removed the operational details and any pages that reference officers specifically by name or number, but I think there is still enough to make it of interest, if for no other reason than the list of local pubs!
In mid-June 2006, after all the other events at Highbury had taken place, I was lucky enough to get tickets for an o2 event called ‘Tear up the Turf’ where we not only got to play around on the pitch and stroll at will around the East Stand, but also got to take a square of pitch home. Surreal as that was, being accompanied by a quartet playing football chants in the middle of the pitch pushed it off the scale.
As the pitch was complete when we arrived, but not when we left, you could easily argue that this day was the very last football played on the pitch and to celebrate/commiserate that moment here are some photo’s I took that evening.