Date: 18th October 2007 at 8:15pm
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Rotherham Vitals stats man, zipadeedoodah has told us about his first experience of watching live football.

Here’s the story of the first ever Football match I attended.

Saturday August 25th 1973.
LEEDS UNITED v EVERTON

The dawn of a new season, when every team in each of the Football Leagues are equal.
Every side starts with the same optimism and hopes, the same aspirations, and at 3 o’clock on that first Saturday, all clubs dream about this being their year.
However on that August day in 1973, a whole new way of life started for me, something that has been a major part of my life for 34 years now….My first live Football game.

My brother is 9 years older than me and he was my Footballing mentor for the early part of my life and took me all over to games, and his choice of my first game was a trip to Elland Road to see the champions elect Leeds United take on Everton, themselves Champions 3 years earlier.

He took me on the Geldard End to witness at first hand what it was like to be part of the crowd.
Although neither of us ever supported Leeds, they were ‘THE’ team to watch during that era and for me to see in the flesh, players of the calibre of Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles and Eddie Gray was truly awe inspiring for me.
I’d only ever seen these players on Black and White telly or in the pages of Shoot, Score n Roar or Striker and now here I was seeing them in real life.

This set the seal on it for me, from that day I knew Football would be my life, and for this I will be eternally grateful to my brother.
The game itself was a blur as I was swept along with the occasion of it all, but how many of us can actually remember many details about our first encounter with the game.
The only thing I remember is getting told off for cheering when Joe Harper scored for Everton in the middle of all the Leeds fans.

Match Details
Leeds United 3 Everton 1…..Half-Time 1-0
Attendance….39,325
Goals…Leeds…Billy Bremner, Johnny Giles, Mick Jones
Everton…Joe Harper


Teams
Leeds
1. David Harvey
2. Paul Reaney
3. Paul Madeley
4. Billy Bremner
5. Gordon McQueen
6. Norman Hunter
7. Peter Lorimer
8. Allan Clarke
9. Mick Jones
10. Johnny Giles
11. Eddie Gray

Everton
1. Dave Lawson
2. John McLaughlin
3. Terry Darracott
4. Mike Lyons
5. Roger Kenyon
6. Howard Kendall
7. Colin Harvey
8. Joe Harper
9. Joe Royle
10. Mick Buckley
11. John Connolly

Football League results on that day.
August 25th 1973

English Divison One
Arsenal 3-0 Manchester Utd
Coventry City 1-0 Tottenham H
Derby Co 1-0 Chelsea
Ipswich Town 1-1 Leicester City
Leeds Utd 3-1 Everton
Liverpool 1-0 Stoke City
Manchester City 3-1 Birmingham City
Queen’s Park Rgs 1-1 Southampton
Sheffield Utd 0-2 Burnley
West Ham Utd 1-2 Newcastle Utd
Wolverhampton W 3-1 Norwich City

English Division Two
Aston Villa 2-0 Preston NE
Blackpool 2-3 West Brom Alb
Bristol City 1-0 Bolton Wan
Carlisle Utd 1-1 Cardiff City
Crystal Palace 1-4 Notts Co
Fulham 2-0 Millwall
Hull City 0-0 Oxford Utd
Nottingham For 4-0 Luton Town
Portsmouth 0-1 Middlesbrough
Sunderland 1-1 Leyton Orient
Swindon Town 3-1 Sheffield Wed

English Divison Three
Aldershot 0-0 Tranmere Rov
Blackburn Rov 1-0 Southend Utd
Bournemouth 0-3 Bristol Rov
Cambridge Utd 2-0 Southport
Charlton Ath 2-4 York City
Grimsby Town 1-3 Hereford Utd
Halifax Town 0-0 Oldham Ath
Plymouth Argyle 1-1 Chesterfield
Port Vale 3-0 Shrewsbury Town
Rochdale 1-1 Brighton & HA
Watford 1-1 Huddersfield T
Wrexham 2-0 Walsall

English Divison Four
Barnsley 0-1 Colchester Utd
Bury 4-0 Torquay Utd
Crewe Alexandra 1-0 Gillingham
Darlington 0-0 Workington
Doncaster Rov 1-1 Stockport Co
Exeter City 0-0 Bradford City
Hartlepool Utd 1-0 Brentford
Lincoln City 1-0 Sc**thorpe Utd
Newport Co 0-0 Reading
Northampton Town 3-1 Rotherham Utd
Peterborough Utd 2-1 Mansfield Town
Swansea City 2-0 Chester City