Post by ashfieldpanther on Nov 4, 2008 12:54:07 GMT
1985 - Dampier's first season, challenge match v Crowtree Chiefs, won 9-3 after Chris Keward let one through his legs in the 1st minute. What brought me back ? some-one at work got me tickets regularly, the matches were great and I had nothing better to do on Saturdays (back when we played every Saturday, not one in 3), and I still don't have anything better to do !!
Had seen it on TV and played it on the Sega Mega Drive (the halcyon days) but i didn't expect seeing a real game to grab me the way it did.
It was a game at Bracknell ('The Hive') somepoint over Christmas 96/97 - can't remember who they were playing or the score. The wet, damp smell (similar to the old ice stadium) hit you as you went through the door.
The speed, the skill, the hits, the goals, the saves, the 'how do they manage to do that on ice' - the raw excitement. It was fantastic. Well and truely bitten by the bug and couldn't wait to go back.
Post by phoenixtilidie on Jun 25, 2009 12:36:17 GMT
My first game was one of The Storm's. Can't remember which as I was pretty young at the time. The atmosphere in that building was amazing. Better than any rugby or football match I had ever been to. Ruined rugby for me forever
Panthers v Bees, in Bees championship year. Panthers won 4-0. I reported on it for college radio, still have my press pass now (twas my first one) Had actually interviewed Ashley Tait a couple of weeks before the match, which oddly started my interest before I had seen a game. Didn't go back the rest of that season, but heard about a double stanley cup winner playing for nottm (Jimmy Paek) and remembered how much I enjoyed the first match. went to a few Panther games every now and then, even took in an away match with Panthers at bracknell in the Dody/Barry season. It was the atmosphere of the old barn, and the passion from the players that got to me most. But it was Rob Trumbley who really got me hooked at my first Viper game, with his never-say-die attidtude, and a pretty decent scrap with Jan Krajicek as well.
My first game was the Panthers vs Steelers charity shield at the start of this season. Unfortunately panthers lost 6-7 on penalties. The fast pace of the game and the unpredictability. I have been hooked ever since.
Panthers vs Steelers some time on the mid 90's (I was about 7) and my dad was a season ticket holder. What bought me back was the atmospher of the old ice stadium along with seeing Paul Adey (I think!) fight - at 7 years old that was pretty awesome.
My first game was Panthers vs Bisons at home, this was during the 07/08 season, Panthers won by 1 goal. It was all the excitment, people cheering the occasional chants an generally everyone being involved that made me want to come back. I then went with a family member to the bar and talked with a few of her friends and got to know them, i had a really good night. Ever since i have not missed one home game and i attend more than 75% of away games on average too.
1983 - Panthers v Peterborough. Think Neil McKay and Greg McDonald scored for Panthers that night and John Lawless may have scored a couple for Peterborough. Think the match ended 6-3 to us. But it was a very long time ago and I was young then.
Whew, reading most of these posts makes me feel old, very old - guys talking about their 1st game in the 90's and 2000's. I think my first game was way back in the early 80's but to be quite honest I can't remember who it was - it could have been Richmond, Solihul, Streatham or even Avon. I do remember a Nottingham Evening Post suppliment with young goalie Chris Keward and the header "The Iceman Cometh" on the front cover (I still have it somewhere, along with stacks of Panthers programmes)
However I do remember some cracking games, sitting there on the benches in Block 1 of the old barn, everytime the guy at the end of the row leaned forward we all did - the sight lines were so poor (it was like a Spanish wave).
I also remember players like Terry Gudzunas, Dwayne Keward, Doc Durdle, Craig Melancon and my hero Terry Kurtenbach oh and not forgetting Eric on the organ (al la Slapshot). I remember having a hockey stall for the old Wembley Finals for 4 or 5 years on the trot and yes I to was there when the Steelers stuffed us in the semi's and then got their come up-pence in the final (thank you Devils).
After drifting away and missing most of seasons 1999 - 2009 my two teenage girls (15 and 19) have dragged my wife and I back - the younger being a Panthers fanatic!!
Were we there at the 2011 Play Off Finals, yep all 4 of us, will we be there next season ABSOLUTELY. ;D ;D