There's some great stuff in that first Aldershot programme: the first team described as the "Chiefs" in the forthcoming fixture list; the difficulties in signing players compared to the "carefree era before the last war"; mention of Don Mills' convalescence from QPR; news that the game against Northampton will be the first time the BBC has broadcast a "running commentary" from Plainmoor.
As for the line-ups that's Jack Cropley, father of Alex, a Scottish international of the 1970s (who was a great favourite at Villa where he inspired "Sensational Alex Cropley Band" t-shirts).
And in the 1957 programme don't you love the reference to the "Dismal Jimmies", those half-hearted fair-weather fans who turn up at Plainmoor once in a blue moon and are so free with their condemnation?
Lastly, I wonder if Dave could kindly crop one of those Eric Webber pictures for the title page of the History Room, please? They don't make managers to look like that these days, do they?
Magic programmes Timbo, many thats for putting them up.
I loved the 1950 best and had to laugh when I read that the manager John MacNeil had just returned for a week in his native Scotland, but had not lost his PURE DEVON ACCENT so thats where I got that word PURE from.
I also love reading in these old programmes all the events the supporters club held, it really was a great time in my view to be a fan.
I did ask before if anyone knew what the cigarettes tickets were, as in some programmes it has said not to forget to buy them. I see in the 1957 one they talk about the penny on the cigarette tickets and list the wining numbers, so they must have been a sort of lottery type ticket.