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1985-86 opener

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Can anybody tell me who we played in our first home game of the 85-86 season? If I remember rightly we played Leicester City away on the 1st game of the season and lost but who did we play the week later at home?
Paul Clays, Belgium     Posted 05/11/2010 at 15:05:02

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Jay Harris
1   Posted 06/11/2010 at 02:14:46

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Paul try this link. />
It shows we lost 1-3 away to Leicester in the first game and won 2-0 against West Brom home in the second.

The season before was West Brom in the second game also but we lost that one.

Of particular note is the 51509 attendance for the derby at GP which as usual we lost 2-3.
David Hallwood
2   Posted 06/11/2010 at 13:31:33

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Thanks for the link Jay, one of the things that stands out in the season was how low attendences where, apart from the big games: all in the mid 20k. I didn't realise that and I was a season ticket holder!
Steve Fletcher
3   Posted 06/11/2010 at 13:29:18

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I lived in Brum at the time of the Leicester game, working with a Leicester lad, Tony who I went the game with. Went out in Leicester afterwards and obviously a big piss taking after they battered us from Tony and his mates.

Walking from one one bar to another at around 9pm, well trolloyed, Tony stops these two blokes in the street and says well done for today lads. Just happened to be Gary McAllister and Ally Maclaughlin who'd both made their debuts for City that day. As they'd only just joined, they were trawling Leicester for a decent bar/club ? these days, the limo would be waiting after the game.

Brian Denton
4   Posted 06/11/2010 at 21:51:18

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I remember that Leicester game well - we were full of pride from the previous season's brilliance. The same game away to Leicester in 1984/85 (we won 2-1) had been of pretty pivotal importance because if I recall correctly Spurs got beat on that day (note for pedants, although Spurs fell away badly that season and finished 4th or thereabouts, for the business part of the season they were our main rivals for the Title).

I remember we all taunted the Leicester fans because (does this remind you of anything?) we had come in as a big club and lured away their Gary Lineker. "You couldn't pay his wages" we sung..........

Then the fuckers beat us............!
Guy Hastings
5   Posted 06/11/2010 at 22:44:36

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Mark Bright scored two that day then went off to join Palace for £70k, forming one of the more entertaining and potent strike forces of recent times with Dulwich Hamlet recruit Ian Wright.
Brian Denton
6   Posted 07/11/2010 at 00:21:27

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