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@Knuckles:

@Cultured Bogan:

I don’t know. But I know the Maggies have a rich history there and it was well out of use by the time I graced this green Earth.

Just looked at the Wikipedia page, apparently it’s biggest crowd was 21K back in 1978 against Parra. It’s facilities are pretty aged apparently. Some of the older fellas amongst us might be able to clarify.

They allowed the kids to sit on the bike track that day. Remember my dad lifting me over the fence to sit with the other kids … It was a great day and a great era … But times have moved on now.

Ah, sitting on the old bike track. We used to have the marching band at half time, with formation marching and a baton twirler. And, we used to have what seemed like, to a young kid, the tallest uprights on any goal posts anywhere in the world. There is a great page noelkellyskids.info (http://www.noelkellyskids.info/case_of_the_missing_goal_posts) that has lots of the magpies history documented.

We used to sit on the same spot on the north eastern corner of the hill, right by the Dorahy’s, up past the second light tower. Father Maurice Sullivan, from St Vincent’s at Ashfield, was usually standing behind (my mum would dig her fingers into my dad’s side, "don’t swear, Bill, Mori is just behind us. lol)

I remember that they would announce the post match function was being held at the Lidcombe Dancers Club, which was a kind of de-facto leagues club for us on game days as Ashfield was too far away for anyone to bother going back to. We did have plans to build a club house just by Lidcombe Oval but it never happened (lack of council approval?).

After the Amco Cup final victory in 1977, with Keith (yappy) Holman as coach, we had some run-in with the local council and moved our last 4 or 5 home games back to Pratten Park at Ashfield. We also played a few games there is 1985, and in the early 70s.

We were only at Lidcombe Oval for 20 years, from 1967-68 to 1986. Pratten Park at Ashfield is where we spent the majority of our time. However, our very first years were spent at St Lukes (aka Concord Oval), the site of our current training facilities.

My favourite match at Lidcombe was Wests v Souths in 1976. It was a ripper

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Awesome win and what really excites me is that there is still room for improvement. A couple of silly mistakes here and there, but when you consider we lost ET after about 20 minutes, I couldn’t be happier. They really stepped up as a team this afternoon. I can’t think of anyone who didn’t contribute

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Pretty hard to top today as an overall experience. The atmosphere was electric. The crowd went off and road every play. The Tigers had a great win. Leichhardt is one of those special grounds that can generate a great atmosphere, but it is terrible in the wet. But, Homebush in its current set-up is a soulless tomb.

I think we would be mad to leave our suburban grounds until we see what the new Homebush offers. I like the current 4-4-4 split, but could live with 6-3-3 while we wait for Homebush to be redeveloped. Without a substantial cash injection though, Leichhardt and Campbelltowns days are numbered.

I read the other day that the new Inner West Council is (continuing?) with the plans to spend $3-5M? (I can’t remember the exact) on Leichhardt for a new scoreboard and to improve the toilet, bar, eating facilities at the back of the hill.

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Pretty hard to top today as an overall experience. The atmosphere was electric. The crowd went off and road every play. The Tigers had a great win. Leichhardt is one of those special grounds that can generate a great atmosphere, but it is terrible in the wet. But, Homebush in its current set-up is a soulless tomb.

I think we would be mad to leave our suburban grounds until we see what the new Homebush offers. I like the current 4-4-4 split, but could live with 6-3-3 while we wait for Homebush to be redeveloped. Without a substantial cash injection though, Leichhardt and Campbelltowns days are numbered.

I read the other day that the new Inner West Council is (continuing?) with the plans to spend $3-5M? (I can’t remember the exact) on Leichhardt for a new scoreboard and to improve the toilet, bar, eating facilities at the back of the hill.

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I think his running style and lines he runs are better suited to daytime footy. Was it the Saints or Parra game he lost his footing when in attack. Teams are also much more aware of him and keep a close guard on him

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@gallagher:

Do goal kickers ever improve substantially? They seem to either have it or not.

My memory of Moses in the 20s is that he was a pretty good kicker, certainly better than he has been for a lot of this year. I’ve always assumed he had a niggling/underlying injury this year - niggling hami or something. I also assumed that is why some weeks Rankin has kicked. All pure speculation on my part, but he didn’t seem to have much power in his kicks earlier in the year. Seems to have his power back and improved accuracy lately too.

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I think we will get a decent crowd. A lot will depend on the morning weather. If the sun is out and the sky blue by 10-11am, I reckon we will top 15,000
If the sky stays grey all day - 12-13,000
I know a lot of people that are hanging out for this game

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That’s some trifecta. I like it

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Cowboys have not won at Leichhardt since 2000.
Can’t see that changing in 2016.
Tigers by 19

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Can’t wait for Mitch and Teddy to run rings around him