I was in our local “antiques and collectables” market yesterday when I came across an old programme for Everton v Bristol Rovers, FA Cup Fifth Round Tie in February 1969.

It immediately brought up some memories from when I was just 16, standing in the Gwladys Street. Firstly, the referee was Mr Maurice Fussy who had given Ipswich Town an absurd goal when old warhorse Ray Crawford  hand flipped the ball past Gordon West basketball-style to put them 2-1 up. This cup tie was his first return to Goodison and he certainly took some stick but, to be fair to him, he took it all in good heart!

The Blues equalised and, in the very last minute were awarded a very dubious penalty under the “two wrongs make a right” law. Alan Ball stepped up to take it and crashed it with geometrical accuracy as it hit the post and came straight back to him, and he put it away at the second try without the goalie touching it. 2-2 it remained.

The programme contained the Football League Review insert and a real icon of the sixties, the “Cup Final Voucher No 20” in the top right-hand corner of the editorial page, “Evertonia”.

In both 1966 and 1968, these vouchers were gold dust. If you collected them all and stuck them on the special card, you could post them in with a ten-shilling note (ie, 50p) to go into the official club tombola for a Cup Final Ticket. I entered the raffle both years but simply got return letters from the club and my money back. To this day, I have never met anyone who won a ticket.

The flurry of activity for these vouchers reached fever pitch with fans advertising in the Echo for this or that voucher number to complete a set. Fakers and forgers had a heyday flogging off dodgy replicas, some fans even trying to adapt real vouchers’ numbers.

See what memories one programme has already brought to mind!