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My Match

My Match: Tony Perks

Last time, Ian Shaw recalled an FA Cup game at The Valley, which led to an equally memorable replay at London Road. Tony Perks takes up the story…

I must have seen hundreds of games in the 50s and 60s with my dad at London Road, with the likes of Dennis Cutbush, Freddy Baker, Rabbit James, Danny Wiltshire and co.

But one game sticks.

It was a game in a different time: Stones versus Charlton in an FA Cup replay.

A lot went on in the first game with two Charlton players fighting, it caused even more interest in the game.

The crowd was 10,000 but I think more got in. We were shoved over by the right of the main stand, next to the away fans, who were great by the way.

Stones did OK but without much luck. Two-nil down with a few minutes left, my father-in-law wanted to leave before the crush at the end.

Reluctantly I agreed. Halfway back to the car we heard a roar. ‘Oh no, we’ve got one back!’

As we got to the car another big roar. ‘No, no, no. We must have equalised.’ Gutted!

When we got in the car we turned the radio on and discovered the first roar was when the floodlights failed and the second was when we got one back.

I vowed from that night that I would never leave a match until the final whistle and I never have.

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