Forum Comments

What got you into football?
In General Chat
What got you into football?
In General Chat
Lucy Ford
Feb 16, 2022
So, I guess my story begins back in the summer of 1996 (when I was just a couple of weeks old), Euro 96 was taking place in the UK with Three Lions as the soundtrack to another semi-final defeat on penalties (*insert crying gif*)! One day during the tournament, my Dad decided to put the football on the TV and even at just a couple of weeks old I was sat there quietly watching it and my Mum asked my Dad "is Lucy ok, she is a bit quiet?" and my Dad said "Yes she's fine, she's watching the football!"; my Mum said to me when I got a bit older that she knew in that moment, that I would be a football fan! Fast forward 10 years later and my Dad ended up swapping a raffle prize with another person at a Summer Ball and we ended up with 2 tickets for a Bristol Rovers match, and Dad decided to take me (yay)! My whole family are Gasheads, so it was obvious my first live football game was going to be a Rovers match, my Grandad went to his first game in March 1950 with his Grandad and supported Rovers for 71 years, my Dad went to games at Eastville and then he took me to my first game on Saturday 26th August 2006. I remember EVERYTHING about the game and day, from who we played (Shrewsbury Town), the scoreline (1-0 win) and the atmosphere just being amazing, especially when we scored! I only went to two more live games that season but they were pretty big ones! In April 2007, me, Dad and my Cousin Becky and Uncle Alan went over to Cardiff to watch Bristol Rovers v Doncaster Rovers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at the Millennium Stadium. Cardiff was taken over by Gasheads that day, there was over 30,000 of us, a sea of blue and white with everyone singing "Goodnight Irene"! Within the first 5 minutes of the final however, we were 2-0 down (oh dear Rovers), but one memory that always sticks with me was when we got back to 2-2 in the second half and our fans were singing "2-0 and you ....... it up" and my Dad covered my ears so I couldn't hear what was being said! 😂 We ended up losing that final 3-2 in extra time, but I still loved being at the game and being able to see Rovers in a big final and then 7 weeks later, we ended up going to the newly rebuilt Wembley Stadium for the League 2 Play Off Final against Shrewsbury Town (who we played against in my first ever live game)! Again we went 1-0 down within a couple of minutes (something we seem to do a lot in finals!), but this time we won 3-1 and the goal in added time from Sammy Igoe who ran from the edge of our box all the way down the Wembley Pitch to score. The ball took what felt like forever to cross the line but once it did, 40,000 Gasheads broke out into wild celebrations, strangers hugging each other and then a chorus of "Goodnight Irene" broke out before the full time whistle went; we were promoted and I knew then I was hooked! The last 15 years watching the Gas have been a rollercoaster to say the least, some incredible memories with my family and my friends but also some games I wish to forget. Who knows what the next 15 years will hold but I know I am thankful to my Dad and my Grandad who encouraged my love of football and Rovers (even when we lose!), Up The Gas! 💙 Here's some of my favourite football memories from the last 15 years with my friends and family: I can't wait to see yours!
Content media
5
0
Welcome!
In General Chat
 
Lucy Ford
More actions