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Nov 14, 2016
Little Clacton
Hi all,
Thought I would join to hear news and opinions of other supporters. I like some of the historic comments and pictures of times past.

I first starting watching the Blues in 1951 when the club played at Grainger Road stadium, travelling there on a saddle on my Dad's crossbar and then parking the bike in a shed under the west stand and paying a small fee. Good old days.

Moving on,the greatest match I ever saw, was when we played Man City in thr FA cup January 1956. The pitch was a quagmire, as it had been raining for about four days and I remember walking down to Roots Hall in the morning watching lorry loads of sand and ****leshells being being rolled onto the pitch and supporters mopping up the water.

Myself and my Family stood on the North bank which had not been completed, so there were no steps, just grass and mud, so we had to try and get a foothold. The Blues wore a changed strip of old gold shirts and shorts, watched by a crowd of some 29,000 plus. The game started but the ball kept sticking in the mud and puddles, despite this the football played was very entertaining.

City managed to score in the first half, with a shot that just trickled over the goal line, after sticking in the mud and appearing to hit Williamson, our full back, on the way in. Blues came out determined in the second half and bombarded the City goal but could not beat Bert Trautmann, who produced one of the finest goalkeeping displays I have ever seen in 65 years of watching football.

The German keeper made save after save but the greatest of them all, was when our centre forward Roy Hollis hit a superb shot that deflected and with Trautmann diving the wrong way, he twisted his body in mid-air and finger-tipped the ball away. Hollis held his hands in his face in disbelief but then applauded the save, such sportmanship.

Trautmann went on to say that it was his greatest match and then went on to play in the cup final with a broken neck!

I still support the Blues but have been living in France for nine years, so kept in touch on Blues player. Now living in Clacton and llooking for other supporters that may live nearby, so if you do, or you know someone that does, I would appreciate a reply to this post.