Old days were good days

ATTENDANCE figures in the Ridgeons League are highly encouraging making it one of the best attended leagues of their level in the country.But how they differ from 50 years ago when there was precious little television alternatives and football followers were thirsting for action after the dark days of World War 2.

Elvin King

ATTENDANCE figures in the Ridgeons League are highly encouraging making it one of the best attended leagues of their level in the country.

But how they differ from 50 years ago when there was precious little television alternatives and football followers were thirsting for action after the dark days of World War 2.

Harwich and Parkeston entertained Newmarket Town on the opening day of the 1949/50 campaign and attracted a gate of 1,500.

This season they met again on the opening day - with only 107 spectators at the Royal Oak.

Other opening day attendance figures for the first day of the 49/50 season included:

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King's Lynn v Gorleston (5,300), Chelmsford City Res v Arsenal A (4,800), Gillingham Res v Chelsea A (4,666), Lowestoft Town v Ipswich Town A (4,000), Tottenham Hotspur A v West Ham A-(3,700) and Bury Town v Colchester United Res (1,800).

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