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Mon May 20 8:44 am  #1

50 Pitches

So how many pitches were at the Fifty Pitches ?.  18 is all I ever counted. There may have been more at a previous time but there were 16 Adult and two boys pitches (black ash) within my memory.
Very few matches were played with nets or corner posts and there were frequent arguments about whether a shot went in or not. A few pitches had the goals directly behind one another and on the odd occasion a goalkeeper would be hit on the back from a scoring shot from the pitch behind.
The changing rooms were a green corrugated iron block with 18 compartments and bit in the middle for the groundsman. The Changing rooms had no lighting but toilets of sorts at the rear for Ladies and Gentlemen. 
The only water was a cast iron well at the entry to the pitches; at full time the players queued up to run the water over their many grazes. The better teams to play at the Fifty pitches were Sligo Celtic and Tradeston Holmlea who both attracted decent sized crowds. One Sligo Celtic player John Spencer went on to play for Celtic with a few games in the first team from memory.



Fri Apr 11 4:28 pm  #2

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Mon Apr 14 7:15 am  #3

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From 50 pitches to 2 pitches.

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Mon Apr 14 2:04 pm  #4

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Hi David, great pictures and a sad end to all the pitches that used to be there. I can remember going up there to watch the matches being played. There was always something going on at the 50 Pitches.

Haste ye back.
             Jimmy. (

Sat Jul 12 5:33 pm  #5

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St.Anthony's McKenna Park ground. Just beyond the Ants pavillion there is a group of houses on Sheildhall Road. Alex Ferguson was born in one of them.

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