Writer: Chris Baldwin
Date:Wednesday April 30 2008
The authors of a new book on Stoke City's old Victoria Ground are looking for Potters' fans to contribute their own stories of the times before we moved to the Brit.
What was your routine to get to and from the Vic?
Any amusing stories - rushed from a wedding to see a game? Missed a friends wedding or birthday to see a game with consequences you still live with today!?
What about the first time you went to the Vic? How old were you? What can you remember about the ground? Wooden seats? Boothen End?
The last game... what can you remember about your feelings on that final day?
Your favourite place to stand - did you get there 2 hours early to bag a spot?
Rain, wind and snow - your experiences of standing out in all weathers
Did you ever have an epic journey to the Victoria Ground... only for the game to be postponed or only to see the last 10 minutes?
Sneaking into the ground, waiting 15 mins before the end when the gates were opened
Did you attend the Boothen School right behind the Boothen End - what was it like going to school next to the home of SCFC?!
...Who WAS that man you always saw, nodded hello to but did not know!?
The local characters inside The Vic - Animal, the programme shop man - that bloke who lived right next to the main entrance and was a Stoke fanatic
Your LOVE stories... did you meet the love of your life on the terraces of the Boothen End? Ever take a date to see Stoke City play... how did it go! Did you wish you were with your mates!?
WHAT DID THE VIC MEAN TO YOU? How did you get there? Who did you meet?
Did your father, grandfather take you there as a youngster, did you grow up on the Boothen End and eventually take your family?
STOKE CITY FANS CAN SUBMIT ARTICLES AND MEMORIES ONLINE AT www.shelaughednomore.com OR ALTERNATIVLEY BY SENDING THEM TO firstname.lastname@example.org
She Laughed No More will contain AMAZING and NEVER-BEFORE PUBLISHED images of what was one of Britain's most iconic football stadiums - The Victoria Ground.
This unique book will not be a history of Stoke City, nor will it be a look back at some of the great players that have played for the Potters over the years. Instead it will serve as a stunning reminder of what The Victoria Ground was to Stoke City fans.
She Laughed No More will be a timeless treasure for all Stokies to pour over and the emotive images and accompanying fans' stories will bring the memories of The Vic flooding back for those who knew it as their spiritual home.
She Laughed No More features the work of photographers Paul Bradbury and Carl Recine, two Stoke City fans and professional football photographers who began their careers at The Vic.
The project is produced by a publishing duo who are football fans. They are leading book designer Jim Lockwood and sports photographer Matthew Ashton, who collaborated to produce other books including Shrewsbury Town's Goodbye Gay Meadow which won Best Illustrated title in the 2008 Sports Book Awards BUT they are promising that She Laughed No More will be even better!
The book will be printed by one of the world's best book printers and will be in an A4 landscape format in hardback with the production being of the highest quality.
Fans will have the opportunity to have their names printed in the back of the book if they subscribe and pre-order - more details about this in the SUBSCRIBE section.
THE BOOK IS CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION AND IS NOT YET AVAILABLE.
IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE BOOK WILL BE AVAILABLE LATE 2008.
Date:Wednesday April 30 2008
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