England v France 1962 at Hillsborough. What a lovely tatty old programme. Most collectors steer well clear of programmes in such a poor state of repair but I love ‘em. This one’s got two heavy creases, various nicks and rips and all held together with sticky tape. Marvellous, it’s in an even worse state than an old Wolves programme I posted some time back.
You can’t beat a match worn programme, someones had a gander at the lineups folded it up and stuffed in a pocket. Got it out again, flicking through, spilt bovril on it, a bit of pie, folded, refolded, passed around. That’s what it’s for, the programme has a function, to be used, to be opened and read. You get some geezers who treat their copy of the matchday programme like it’s a forensic sample, carefully placing it in a polythene ziplock bag, which has been especially purchased for this very job.
Anyway I digress onto the match England v France. Twas the first leg of the first round of the qualifying stage. This was Hillsborough’s first full England international in over 40 years, second altogther, and it’s not held one since, though of course it saw a handful of games at World Cup 66 and Euro 96. The match ended 1-1 but unfortunately for England they got tonked 5-2 in the 2nd leg in Paris and were dumped out of the tournament.
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