Returning to Maine Road

Discussion in 'Bluemoon forum' started by Scaring Europe to Death, 28 Jun 2019.

  1. Not been past for ages but what saddened me most is that the Parkside is now apartments.

    That pub was a huge part of the match day ritual (unless it was packed, then a few cans of stella from the off-licence over the road and we'd stand outside)
     
  2. DontLookBackInAnger

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    I used to catch the 111 bus past the ground after every home game, always strange how dead the area was when it was always so alive on match-day, unlike most though I never thought the area was anything but a shit-hole!
     
  3. Blu KB

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    Not being able to see the kippax between the houses is the thing that makes me most sad, the unbelievable excitement I used to get walking up as a kid
     
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    Found myself driving down Claremont Rd a few years ago and did a detour down side streets so as not to see what it's like now. In my mind's eye it's still match day and always will be.
     
  6. Big Swifty

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    I used to live in Fallowfield as a kid and walked to Maine Road.
    Approaching the Kippax turnstiles, I went down a gap between the houses called (appropriately, in view of the dog-shit lying about) "No.2 Passage"
    Anyone remember it?
     
  7. Half Pint

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    Sad! My grandad did a bit of singing in pubs including the Parkside, and met my Gran there. They then lived at 109 Lloyd Street just down the road and my Mum was born there in 1938. They then moved to 173 Horton Rd, and although they divorced when my Mum was 12 my Gran and my Grandad(new hubby when my Mum was 15) lived there, with my Gr gr Auntie who passed away in 1973, until the early 1980’s when they were no longer able to look after themselves. They rented from a private landlord all those years, and still had the original fixtures and fittings and the air aid shelter in the back yard! My Great Gran and Great Aunt lived next door at 175 and another Gr Aunt lived at 181 with her husband. Life revolved around City and in the early 70’s I’d stay during the school holidays so I could go watch City train at Maine Rd and collect autographs. Sometimes they trained on the car park, and if they trained on the pitch I’d sneak in the door they left open in the main stand and hope Stan Gibson wouldn’t throw me out. Such a happy childhood and happy memories made in and around Maine Rd that even now I sometimes go out of my way to drive around there, but it is tinged with a speck of sadness that it’s all so different now.
     
  8. crazyg

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    You are Frank Dreben and i claim my £5.
     
  9. Newman Noggs

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    I do. One day, in the late 70s, I was wending my way down there on my own and walked smack, bang into Sheffield Wednesday supporters being "escorted" to the ground. With not a policeman in sight, all the Wednesday hard-cases ignored me except for some skinny, little 13 year old runt who decided to kick me up the arse.

    I, rightly, judged that if I reacted, the rest of them would have jumped on me, so I just glared until we reached the end of the alley where I skulked off.
     
  10. yeseye

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    There is a round patch of grass with a concrete centre circle on Carnival place.
     

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