Here’s the first in our series of Fantastic Pictures of Football Grounds Back in the Day. It’s the Baseball Ground, Derby, shot from the stands by a fan in 1969. Perhaps surprisingly, Andy Mac at footballcardsuk.com, who snapped up the pic for pennies at auction, believes it’s the oldest colour pic of the BBG in existence.
Here’s the quiz bit: can you list 10 nailed-on proofs that the pic (just click to enlarge) was taken at a proper match, back in the day, and not at an overpriced soccerbowl theme-park match, last week? Answers below!
1 – There’s a half-time Army brass band, and you don’t get half-time Army brass bands any more.
2 – Ditto the half-time scoreboard, with cunning A-Z code corresponding to matches in the prog.
3 – It’s muddy. Very muddy. A mudbath. Like it always was at the BBG.
4 – Offiler’s Ale sign up on the roof. You don’t get ads on stand roofs any more, let alone for Offiler’s Ale…
5 – You just get ads and corporate sponsor logos plastered all over the inside of the ground. But here there are none.
6 – Just two proper coppers on the beat, in their amusing tit-style helmets – no luminous superbobs with luminous jackets
7 – And no army of useless security-guard stewards clogging up the aisles, telling people to sit down
8 – Because it’s ok to stand.
9 – No pointless attempt by the home manager (Cloughie!) to cheat, using half-time sprinklers at the oppo end.
10 – Er, any more?
Thanks a lot to Andy for the heartbreakingly fab pic. He’s spent the last year scanning 25,000 football cards and stickers and bunging them up on line, so please do have a click and make his day…