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Season 2009/10

Awayday memories for Umbro kit launch

  • 06 August 2009 13:44
  • Posted byPeter Ferguson

Away fans are a rare breed and viewed by many as the lifeblood of our great game in England.

The travelling faithful are out on the road in all weathers, at all hours of day and night, backing our boys with their hard-earned and constantly at the mercy of TV schedules, re-arranged fixtures and an ever-expanding season.

The players will tell you that their unwavering support, maybe hundreds of miles from home, can make the difference, and joins in the respect for those who follow the Blues to the ends of the country and beyond.

So as we approach August 14 and launch day for the new Umbro away kit, we want to celebrate our fans' memories of those special City Awaydays over the next 10 days with just a few of your many snapshots in time.

We kick off the series with 16-year-old James Clark's evocation of a famous occasion against Gillingham ...

The day arrived, the day I had been waiting for for months ... the 30th of May, 1999. I can remember walking down Wembley Way as an excited six-year-old, flag in hand, looking in amazement at the famous twin towers. Blues all around were singing and chanting - it was brilliant!

James Clark

"The match was end to end, but as you all know we went 2-0 down with minutes left. I remember my dad turning to me and saying, “I’m sorry son, but it’s all over now". To which I replied (maybe in naivety), “don’t be silly dad, there's still two minutes left."
"Suddenly, Horlock! 2-1. Our half of the ground erupted and fans were piling back into to the ground. Then Dickov, 2-2! To this day I can picture him sliding across the Wembley turf. I was getting thrown up in the air at this stage, hats and scarves were raining down from all directions, a truly emotional experience.

"As it was announced that penalties would be the deciding factor, the butterflies began in the pit of my stomach. But seeing Weaver save their fourth penalty and him running round the stadium in jubilation, the joy returned. We were going up!"

Great stuff James. Watch out for the next City Awayday memory on your award-winning website.

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