Those We Have Lost: Elm Park, Reading FC

Ian

Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. unitedite says:

    I only visited Elm Park once, a match that ended with Carl Muggleton (SUFC sub keeper) coming on up front for the Blades.

    I liked Elm Park, maybe it was the fact that it was a dry and sunny day to be stood on the open terrace, or maybe it was the naivete of the turnstile operator. I was 21/22 and my mate who I had gone with was about 30. It was £10 Adults, £5 Concessions. I went up to the turnstile handed over a tenner and waited for the turnstile to click for release. I was amazed to be given a fiver change. My mate then followed, handed over £10 and I had to physically drag him through the turnstile as he looked in wonder at the fiver handed back to him. He was 30 and looked it, yet to the old man behind the counter he was not a day over 16.

    Finally, this is my favourite photo of Emp Park – well sort of Elm Park. http://www.homesoffootball.co.uk/collection/search/reading/1/205

    It might have seemed less interesting than other grounds at the time of Inglis’ work, but in a world of identikit stands and stadia it must appeal more now.

  2. That’s certainly a classic photo – how different things are now.

  3. Hollowspy says:

    My first ever match attendance was at Elm Park (Branfoot era), not much memory of it, but I still think about it when I drive past the housing that now lives there.

  4. filton says:

    I watched the Biscuitmen from 1965 onwards. Elm Park was like an old pair of slippers, and I must be one of the excpetions to Ian’s “Royals supporters are perhaps less wistful for the olden days than many.”

    I started watching at the Tilehurst End with my cousin Steve (first game Reading v Southend, 2-1 I believe. I sat in the Norfolk Stand once, when Reading Reserves beat Bournemouth to clinch promotion from the Football Combination Division Two, I was in the Norfolk End packed in with Sheffield Wednesday fans when 24,000 saw Reading lose 2-3 in the FA Cup (Maurice Evans with two – what a game!). But I spent my later years there on the South Bank. Great view (apart from the pylons), fantastic atmosphere, though dodgy toilets …

    I really miss Elm Park. The Mad Stad (which should have been named New Elm Park) may be more comfortable, but it’s a terribly sterile place compared.

  5. graham cosslett says:

    Just s slight correction to the record gate noted, in was 33042 not the 35000 stated. My late Dad was at the game

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