with many Derby people, I saw my first ever football match at the
See what the BBG looks like today
you'll have to excuse me, I've read Fever Pitch and I know you'll
be apalled but I can't remember who we played. I'm sure my younger
brother took notes and recorded the whole event but heh, I'm a girl
and I've never claimed to be an anorak.
Richards remembers the BBG
Radio Derby's James Allen takes a final look round the BBG
remember it was the 1987/88 season, Peter Shilton was in goal, Mark
Wright scored a goal and I had something of a mild, schoolgirl crush
on Phil Gee.
to feel the buzz of excitement as we started the walk from town
to the ground. Usually when you leave the city centre the crowds
thin out but we seemed to be collecting more and more people the
further into Pear Tree we got.
was wearing scarves, we made our dad promise he'd get us one each.
In the meantime we were treated to a programme, something we squabbled
over until we actually got to the ground entrance.
through the turnstyles we forgot about everything as the thrill
and adventure took our breath away.
Rams had just been promoted back into the first division and everyone
at school was football crazy. I knew loads of my mates would be
there but I didn't see any of them. I don't think I'd ever seen
or heard so many people all in one place.
ground seemed massive and in the flood lights everything took on
a technicolour movie set appearance.
believe the atmosphere, the roar of the crowd, the buzz of grown-ups
chattering with the enthusiasm of kids our age and the feeling that
your heart couldn't possibly become any fuller when we actually
years on the BBG's about to be flattened to make way for new houses.
one last wander around the place for the sake of nostalgia and to
take some photos of how it looks now.
a look through the gallery.
you remember your first game at the Baseball Ground? Do you have
any exiciting memories or photos that you'd like to share with us?
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