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First vague memories are peering over wall at front of east stand watching Roberts, Bentley, Birks, Slack, May, Beanland, Woodley, Firmani, Mckinvan etc , then the great battles with Watford a few years later who had the 8ft beanpole Ross Jenkins and Luther Blissett in their prime. !! Anyway this looks like it could be a good season for a change !!! ​
 

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First vague memories are peering over wall at front of east stand watching Roberts, Bentley, Birks, Slack, May, Beanland, Woodley, Firmani, Mckinvan etc , then the great battles with Watford a few years later who had the 8ft beanpole Ross Jenkins and Luther Blissett in their prime. !! Anyway this looks like it could be a good season for a change !!! ​

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Were crowds in those days regularly over 15,000?I think not.I remember all the players you mention.I didn't watch from the Paddock though,I always preferred the West Stand in those days and I'd 've thought 10,000+ would be a bit nearer the mark for a typical attendance.
 

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Off the top of my head i would say that between 1968-72, we had crowds over 15,000 about 4-5 times. 1973 onwards the only time i can recall a 'big' crowd for a league game, was when Malcolm Allisons Crystal Palace came to town in 1974 and the crowd was 17,000 plus.
 

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Remember seeing Watford with Elton in tow many times early 70s, both here and at Vicarage Lane
 

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The last 15K plus gate at RH was 1/10/79 the first replay of the 3 match league cup epic against West Ham 22429

The season before we had 2 , both FACup , Liverpool 31036 and the watford replay 15635

the last 15K + league game was Palace 13/9/74 17394

later that season we had 18100 for the FA cuo tie against QPR

6/9/72 League cup vs Chelsea 24,160

20/11/71 Villa in the Cup 16929
27/12/71 Lincoln league Div 4 15434
31/3/72 Doncaster league Div 4 15814
31/4/72 Cambridge Div 4 17059 (the game between these two was 13400 at home to Northampton )
then Wednesday May 3rd 15854 home to Gills

70-71 16K for the visit of Carlisle in the FA Cup

Prior to that, 15197 home to Millwall in 65-66
16892 in the cup to Watford 62-63
16568 Home to Norwich 59-60
4 15K + gate in 58/59
 

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The last 15K plus gate at RH was 1/10/79 the first replay of the 3 match league cup epic against West Ham 22429

The season before we had 2 , both FACup , Liverpool 31036 and the watford replay 15635

the last 15K + league game was Palace 13/9/74 17394

later that season we had 18100 for the FA cuo tie against QPR

6/9/72 League cup vs Chelsea 24,160

20/11/71 Villa in the Cup 16929
27/12/71 Lincoln league Div 4 15434
31/3/72 Doncaster league Div 4 15814
31/4/72 Cambridge Div 4 17059 (the game between these two was 13400 at home to Northampton )
then Wednesday May 3rd 15854 home to Gills

70-71 16K for the visit of Carlisle in the FA Cup

Prior to that, 15197 home to Millwall in 65-66
16892 in the cup to Watford 62-63
16568 Home to Norwich 59-60
4 15K + gate in 58/59

If Roots Hall still had the capacity, how many times do you think we could have had more than 15,000 in recent years?

Yeovil in 2005, Bristol City 2006, Man United 2006 & Chelsea 2009 would all have been over 15,000 and possibly some of our games in the Championship season Norwich, Ipswich & Leeds as we would have given the away fans much more tickets.
 
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