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archiestephens_elbow Posted on 12/06/2019 22:57
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Just seen the big match revisited from 1975.

The seats in the east stand go right to the front. But I'm sure not long after the first rows were replaced with standing area and a wall. Was this a family enclosure?
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yearbyred Posted on 12/06/2019 23:18

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I think it was a family enclosure - linked to the Boys End in the corner.

I remember watching the opening league game against Coventry from there in the 76/77 season so I think it must have just opened.
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GusboroughSteve Posted on 13/06/2019 07:26

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I think it was opened the year after 77-78
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the_holgate_roof Posted on 13/06/2019 07:30

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I vaguely remember it being the full stand of seats but as said it then had a standing family enclosure at the front....
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yearbyred Posted on 13/06/2019 07:44

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"I think it was opened the year after 77-78"

Could be right - we played Coventry the opening game in 1978 too.
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block_4_Eastender Posted on 13/06/2019 08:54

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If I remember correctly they went all the way to the bottom when I started going in 74. Then there was a wall built some years later with standing put in. (family end).

Then here's where I'm a bit vague I think the wall went and the seats from the sides of the East stand were put moved to the bottom rows so it went all the way to the bottom but seats were missing from the sides.
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redwurzel Posted on 13/06/2019 09:24

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Some seats were taken our in 1977 for a family enclosure. the stand was closed around 1986 and the enclosure was flattened eventually just to leave a flat space for a while.

Before 1966 there was no East Stand it was an open terrace I believe.
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Borobarmy Posted on 13/06/2019 09:28

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I remember being in there 77 as it was the only way I could see the match being 11 [:O]
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Magic Posted on 13/06/2019 09:46

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I remember nearly getting crushed in the boys end 1979ish when we played the mackems, ground was like a warzone[xx(]
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Wiseman_Vaughn Posted on 13/06/2019 09:49

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It did have seats all the way to the front until the Mid 70's.... Check out Boro/Sunderland in the famous FA cup tie where Boro were wearing the Black and Blue.

Would have been fantastic as an open terrace - which is what it was originally
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/06/2019 09:56

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I was 12 when we left and I always forget which one was the Bob End and which one was the Boys End? It was all very confusing.
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Magic Posted on 13/06/2019 09:59

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I'm sure the Bob end and Boy's end were the same end, just had two different nicknames.
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/06/2019 10:04

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So the Bob/Boys End was the corner that wasn't the away fans enclosure next to the East Stand?
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Manny-Being-Manny Posted on 13/06/2019 10:16

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1966

Link: EAST END
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archienoeyes Posted on 13/06/2019 10:53

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I stood on that family stand 1st time in 1977 against Liverpool I cut my finger on the fence and i still have the scar now ( 1st Boro tattoo[:D]) I have never seen any pics of the east stand packed with BOro fans I would loved to have stood on there back in the day. I bet it was unreal and held 1000s as well [^]
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/06/2019 10:57

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So the bob end was just another name for the east end, and the boys end was next to it, opposite the away fans?
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NorthumberlandBoro Posted on 13/06/2019 11:16

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Surely the boy's end was just the top part of the corner that was the bob end?
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erimus74 Posted on 13/06/2019 11:18

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The boys end & Bob end was the same end, the boys end in the top corner was separated by a wall
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 13/06/2019 11:24
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The boys end at the top, Bob end was behind the goal, the Clive Road was the away corner.

I think it was Clive Road stamper said the South Stand was called the
..... Clive Road Stand[:D]

The North and the South stands were known as just that, I have had ST for both stands although only spent one season in the South Stand before returning to the North Stand.

And thats what it said on the Season Ticket SOUTH STAND..... and that was what it was always known as THE SOUTH STAND
...........Clive Road Stand my ar$e[:D]
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Jumpingjack Posted on 13/06/2019 11:27

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Loved that old Gazette picture Manny.
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 13/06/2019 11:28

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Always thought the east stand(bob end) was our most impressive looking stand.
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/06/2019 11:29

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Perplexed. Can someone please draw me a small scale diagram of the whole east end and screenshot it? TIA

I used to sit in the east stand as well!
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Jumpingjack Posted on 13/06/2019 11:31

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Me too Ticker Tape, always thought maybe they should have put seats in the Holgate and left that as a huge cop like lot of old football grounds....standing (with the corners ) it must of held well over 15,000 ?
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Lifelongfaninexile! Posted on 13/06/2019 11:34

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I occasionally went into the boys end with pals, we all jumped the wall into the east end, which at that point had no roof. Stupid really as the view was better up top. 64,65,
Only had to do this when, occasionally, the turnstile operators stopped us getting a scramble.
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Cleveleyssmoggie Posted on 13/06/2019 13:24

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The original boys end was the top of the north east corner. They eventually opened up the wall to connect it with the lower section and form the family enclosure.

Used to move from the boys end into holgate for the last ten minutes of games when the exit gates were opened.
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/06/2019 14:01

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So the bob end was just the east stand?
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craggyjohn Posted on 13/06/2019 14:24

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East terrace was the bob end. Then after mods in 1966 the seated area became the East stand. The North East corner was boys end and south East was away corner.
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redwurzel Posted on 13/06/2019 14:26

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Not sure what was the bob end.

The boys end was the top of the North East corner terracing. There was a 4 footish high concrete wall to stop boys getting into the main part of the terracing, it was a bit grim in there as no roof cover neither. Most young lads on their own wanted to be in the Holgate (West Stand).
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atypical_boro Posted on 13/06/2019 14:34

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"The North East corner was boys end and south East was away corner."

That was always my understanding. Was the disabled section in the boys end too?

But the Bob End I always thought was just another/old name for the East Stand but people keep telling me thats wrong.
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craggyjohn Posted on 13/06/2019 14:52

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I think they put a small cover over the front of the North East corner for wheelchairs. Bob end name is from olde days.....
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Manny-Being-Manny Posted on 13/06/2019 14:53

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There was a time in the 70s when Newcastle and Sunderland were given the NE and SE corners and they were full.
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McMordie Posted on 13/06/2019 15:45

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I don't think the section at the front of the East Stand was officially a family only area even if it was known as that (at least not always). I remember being in there with a mate for the League Cup game with Ipswich Town in 1980 for a "behind the goal" view.

Likewise, the South East corner only became the away end officially when segregation was introduced. I also remember being in the North East corner for the pre season friendly with Newcastle United in 1973 with Boro and Newcastle fans happily mingling in together.
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archiestephens_elbow Posted on 13/06/2019 16:06

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I think the East end shut in liquidation in 86 and was re opened for fa cup tie v Preston in 87.

I still hate Ronnie hildersley

I remember in 88 Bradford had full East end seats and standing for play offs as it was only time I'd ever been in the south east corner
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Badonde Posted on 13/06/2019 17:48

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One of my first visits to a match was in the standing bit in front of the East End seats. There was definitely a sign saying 'Family Stand' or something because I was shocked to hear the bad language emanating from an old brewer located nearby.
I thought what....language like that... but this is a family stand (I was about 7 I think and was lucky enough to have lived a pretty sheltered life).
Picked up all kinds of new words that day [:D]
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borobadge Posted on 13/06/2019 19:03

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i saw boro V shef wed 8-0...in those East End seats, 1973/74 - me mam was ill and so I got to use the ticket...otherwise I would have gone boys end and over the wall into the bob end.....

best craic in the new lower seats was when the Joeys and Casuals got in there and started swaying with each row behind going the opposite way, all whilst sitting down - sitting in a seat was novel back in those days...[smi]
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HolgateCorner Posted on 13/06/2019 19:18

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From memory of what my Dad (sadly no longer here for me to check) told me the Bob end was a shilling to get in hence the ‘bob’ name whereas the Holgate was more expensive because it had a roof on it, which possibly explains why it was uncovered until 1966 because it was the cheap end with the bigger capacity.

Great photo above Manny manny, thanks for posting that, I love the pictures of old Ayresome 👍
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