Needless to say, think would be great if QPR did likewise
- Portsmouth Official Site
Free Vintage Pompey v Cardiff Programme This weekend Pompey will be showcasing an extra special matchday programme against Cardiff.
The club has opened its archives to reproduce a free vintage programme in the middle of Saturday's matchday programme.
It’s a replica of the one sold for the second division clash between Pompey and Cardiff on April 17 1965, which was the Blues’ penultimate home game of that season.
In front of 12,975 fans at Fratton Park, a goal by Cliff Portwood defeated the Bluebirds 1-0 to give Pompey a result that proved vital in their battle against relegation.
Just three games later they were to travel to Northampton for the final match of the season, where they avoided the drop to the third division by taking a point. Pompey finished 20th in the league while Cardiff ended in a more comfortable 13th place.
So why not re-live that match from 45 years ago through the eyes of our vintage programme.
Pompey’s official matchday programme is available to buy all round Fratton Park for just £3. But if you can’t get to the game then click here to buy online or take out a subscription.
I wish we could go back to the old days and have actual match programmes again. The "official programmes" that we buy at games these days are actually "matchday magazines". The QPR home programme consists of 84 full colour pages but unfortunately there are 16 pages of full colour adverts! What makes it worse is the fact that it's the same adverts every time. I liked the seventies QPR programmes with the coloured squares on the front. Another problem with today's programmes is how to store them, a full season of home programmes will not fit in a shoe box, they make sure by printing at least one of them A4 size!
Throw in that in the old days, you actually got real information from the magazine. Now of course with the Official Site web, and all the boards and online papers, not that much real news. As opposed to "make news" interviews with nothing said/and no real observations.
Which of course makes the few pieces when they are there very interesting.
Or to put it another way: For many years I used to get the programme sent to me. I stopped some years back
Well personally I have hundreds and hundreds of both home and away programmes, however my only rule is that I will only keep programmes from games I have actually attended.
These go back to the early 1960's, and these days the programmes bear no resemblance to the early days.
I still always buy a programme at the game/s BUT I have to say that for the first time ever I am considering stopping this practice.
The 2 progs v Barnsley & Scunny are full of dross!!! There is absolutely nothing of key interest to me in them, unlike in the past when we had at least a decent read from Michael Wale (and whilst not wishing to blow my own trumpet too loudly) the articles I used to write for the programme - circa 1989-92 - at least had a bit of passion about them, insofar as talking about the previous week's away games and the antics of our supporters.
I have to say that I now prefer to buy fanzines; AKUTRs is a great example of what fans want, not some contrived garbage about who has the worst haricut in the club. I am 52 years old FFS!
As far as including a previous programme as a centre-fold, I quite like the thought although I probaly have most of the progs anyway. That said, it would be great for our younger supporters, but I can't see QPR marketing have the gumption to sort it.
How many of you recall in the late 60's and early 70's we used to get a copy of the FOOTBALL LEAGUE REVIEW enclosed in the match programme?
I used to love that cos I could enjoy reading the prog first, and then as an excited kid, I could flick through the Review, and learn more about the league QPR were playing in. Is it time to perhaps re-launch something like that again?
Another little memory jerker for some of you:
Do you recall that you used to have to either queue up for big game tickets with a collection of all your programmes from that season to prove you were a regular supporter?
Or, howabout when we played Derby County (little contrived link there for today's game) at Loftus Road in the FA Cup 5th round abck in 69/70, and get a red stamp onto the front page of the programme to enable you to buy a ticket for the qtr final - which we sadly lost 2-4 to the mob from SW6?
Nice, Qprrobbo... I remember the 69/70 Game vs Derby: Rodney Marsh vs Dave Makay and Brian Clough...And then vs Chelsea when Marsh was controlled by ROn Harris.
Michael Wale column...The Stats from Dave Buxton...Dennis Signy notes (which was a little later) Bill Tiddy cartoon...Ron Phillips Editorial..The Ranger to Ranger letters...and the simple to read past teams/scores for Reserves, Youth - and all in 20 pages or less - and those changing coloured/ hooped box programmes.