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Re: The Horror ..............the horror ..................
Posted by: Andrew Dow
Date: 29/07/2020 19:37
FT, I am, by now, reasonably familiar with the view of the Pavillion from the other end of the ground.

It's been unchanged at least since I first sat at the Nursery End in, if memory serves, about 1976, when Middlesex played Notts and Tim Lamb scored his highest ever, going in as night watchman.

However, yes, as a first essay into modernisation, the old Warner looked very incongruous, resembling an oversize motorway filling station, placed there by accident, but without the attractive green BP paint and signs.

The Oval, ....... despite - for a long, long time it being the ground where I seemed to see more memorable events than those at Lord's - Radley's dab down to third man in 1976, Malcolm's 9 - 67, my hero taking no wickets against Australia following his triumphant Headingley debut, Hussain's England reaching rock bottom against New Zealand, with Ed Giddins in the side, and being roundly boo'ed by the home crowd, from which the only way had to be up - I really could not care less what might happen to it. It became a low, base, drab, concrete enshrouded sports ground in South London, with creeper draped over one end, a long time ago. - Good fast wicket, though.

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