It's over 60 years since my dad first took me in the Bishop Street stand to see The Stags. And watching that video brought tears to my eyes.
Unfortunately I can no longer get to many matches. But I now want to give something back in return for what the Radfords et al are doing to restore pride and faith in the only football club I have ever loved.
As someone who can't attend very often I would like to make it possible for someone who can. Preferably a parent and child who would not normally be able to attend due to financial constraints. They would then be my voice cheering The Stags on to victory in my absence.
If someone associated with the club , Martin, Paul or a n other, would like to pm me we can discuss my offer.
Nowadays I often forget what happened yesterday. But my first trip to Field Mill in the 1950's was a thrill that will live with me to my dying day. And I want that thrill to be experienced by a local youngster sitting alongside their dad, mum, grandad or whoever.
I’ve been brooding over Dave/Wilfred's post overnight and thinking out loud I wonder whether this could be part of a bigger, wider, Stags supporters thing. There are already many offers of lifts so it could be an MTFC database of people who'd like to go to games but cant get because of transport/accessibility issues and they could get matched with people offering lifts and assistance (me and my Dad used to be given a lift to games by an old guy who lived on Newboundmill Lane in Skegby), but additionally there could also be a fund to enable people to get in that wouldn't otherwise be able to afford to. I also don't get as often as I used to (more location than knees - but that will come) and I'd also like to make a contribution towards enabling that to happen, and I'm sure that others possibly would like to do the same.
I've no idea how it would be managed (maybe through the SSA?) but ultimately wonder whether it’d be a database that has offers of lifts and then the sum of the contributions go towards buying x number of season tickets that could possibly be then matched by the club and the SSA (hope I'm not speaking out of turn), or maybe on a match by match basis. I don't know how they would be awarded, whether by nomination, etc.
Controlled & Clueless. If this is the big life, well I ain't looking to live it.