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12/3/2020 6:19 pm  #1

I had a dream

When I was just a lad of 14 summers in 1953 I had a dream that I would get to see my already beloved Tooting and Mitcham play at Wembley Stadium. We had a very winnable quarter final home draw in the Amateur Cup against Walton and Hersham. Sadly it ended 0-0 as did the replay, when we played most of the match with 10 men after popular winger Billy Cockerton broke his leg,and we lost the third match 2-1 at Kingstonian's ground. Never mind,two more quarter finals followed in 1956 and 1957 but we lost to Kingstonian and Corinthian Casuals in weather and ground conditions that would be unthinkable nowadays. The dream lived on but we had to wait until 1976 for another quarter final this time in the FA Trophy. Following our run to the 4th round of the FA Cup we were probably favourites but had the worst possible draw away to Scarborough and duly lost 1-0, As Tooting's fortunes faded so did the dream but they were revived following our effective relegation from the FA Trophy to the FA.Vase. In 2001 we reached the quarter finals of the Vase but once more had the worst possible draw away to Taunton who had beaten us decisively the previous season and did so again with outstanding attacking displays................             As most  of you know I moved to Yorkshire in 2013 when Harrogate Town became a sort of substitute team  for Tooting and maybe inherited the dream, I have been here at a time of success broadly comparable to the 3 year periods.Tooting had at the end of the 1950s and mid 1960s, Town have reached the semi finals of the FA Trophy so the dream lives on. As one of the dwindling band of supporters who attended both matches against Nottingham Forest.it is  a curious coincidence that it is two matches against Notts County (plus perhaps the C word) that  stand between the fulfilment of the dream.. 


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