Many thanks, Mr Administrator, for unlocking the box. And so to the West Riding in the 1950s......
I hadn't actually realised Timbo had posted the programme from our momentous visit to Elland Road in 1955. Nor had I appreciated just how badly we were doing in the league at the time. I wonder how many of our supporters were present to witness such a fine performance.
A good example of a mid 1950s programme issued by a club larger than our own. You get the feeling from reading it that Leeds saw progression as a formality and that Torquay was a place for holidays rather than football. An overnight train at the height of the summer or a Wallace Arnold coach trundling down the A roads. But most certainly not a cup replay on the outskirts of Babbacombe on a midweek afternoon in January. Yet Berkeley Hollyer, the borough publicity officer, clearly had the good sense to place an advert extolling the virtues of Torquay as a holiday destination.
Ten years later and Leeds United were a force with Jack Charlton at centre-half. Look at the small print and you'll see that he's only made a solitary first team appearance so far during 1954/55.
Lovely to see those pictures and players who have only ever been faces in photographic stills and names on the printed page.
It's nearly forty years since I first visited Elland Road and, last winter, I passed it several times a week. I've been in 50,000 crowds there but would never have recognised it from those pictures. And the colours changed long ago thanks to the Don. Without a commentary that piece of film would have mystified me.