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We did have some good players then.

Funny how memory tricks you though. I always remember the Brentord goal being at the opposite end of the pitch to where I was behind the goal. Obviously it couldn't have been as they all went in at the same end!

We absolutely battered them second half didn't we?

Brilliant goal from Brooker to win it, he was a cracking centre forward.

I also love the tackles going in.  Shows how much the games changed (definitely for the worst) in 20 years.

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Nice to do it with a team of excellent servants for the club, not a load of 1 or 2 season mercenaries.

The first ever final at the Millennium Stadium. I remember getting so <ovf censored> off when they were touting Arsenal (I think) in the FA cup final as the opening event. How ignorant to the lower leagues can you be when you neglect to notice a full house has already played there before?

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Yeah, the ref got a fair bit wrong. I think it might have been one of his last games before he retired.

I always thought the penalty was outside the box and it should have been a red rather than a yellow.

And the pitch was really heavy because the roof was broken.

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Great memories, wonderful day out and an exceptional performance.  We completely dominated the game apart from first 5 minutes and injury time.  We had some really good players in that team and once we signed Brooker, we never looked back.  The midfield 3 of Brisco (really underrated) I felt, Brammer and Bridge-Wilkinson had it all, and despite us not challenging that season we played some excellent stuff and controlled lots of games, if we had Brooker from the start, would have been a top 6 team.

I remember maybe the following week Northampton away, one of the best performances watching the Vale, only won 2 nil but could have been 8 at half time.  I am sure so many away night matches that season and trying to get time of work was a nightmare but managed get them all, consecutive night matches at Bristol Rovers and Oxford I think.

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I always say that Northampton away game is the best I've ever seen us play. Should we have played Cambridge away around the same time? I remember my dad's mate driving us down and the landlord of one of the pubs loving that he could tell us the game had been called off about an hour before kick off.

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40 minutes ago, Mellor! said:

I always say that Northampton away game is the best I've ever seen us play. Should we have played Cambridge away around the same time? I remember my dad's mate driving us down and the landlord of one of the pubs loving that he could tell us the game had been called off about an hour before kick off.

I think it may have been Bristol Rovers, sure I was in a pub close to the ground and about an hour before kick off heard the game had been called off.  I think we ended up going the week later and the landlord put sausage and chips on for us all, happy days.

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