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Berwick Rangers v Aston Villa

Post by Steve Bell » Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:32 am

Wikipedia states that Shielfield Park was opened with a match against Aston Villa. Does anyone have the date / result?

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Re: Berwick Rangers v Aston Villa

Post by bluedragon » Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:00 am

Steve Bell wrote:Wikipedia states that Shielfield Park was opened with a match against Aston Villa. Does anyone have the date / result?

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The Berwick Advertiser says that Berwick Rangers (with guest players) played Aston Villa Reserves on Thursday 28 April 1955. Result Berwick Rangers 1 Aston Villa Reserves 3. The new stand at Shielfield Park was being hanselled. This included new dressing rooms and 700 new seats were available.

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Re: Berwick Rangers v Aston Villa

Post by Steve Bell » Sun Nov 01, 2015 10:45 am

Thanks BD for the info and your swift response.

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Re: Berwick Rangers v Aston Villa

Post by ScottishFA » Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:07 am

It's slightly more complicated than that.

Berwick Rangers moved into the new Shielfield Park at the start of the 1954/55 season, and the first match played there was against Celtic Reserves on 21 August 1954 in the C Division Supplementary League. The match programme welcomes everyone to the new stadium but also mentions that the dressing rooms have not yet been built and the club would be pressing on with this work in the near future. So the game against Aston Villa towards the end of the season was to officially open the completed stadium.

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Re: Berwick Rangers v Aston Villa

Post by BMCCOLL » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:05 pm

:lol: In effect, Villa opened the cloakroom!
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Re: Berwick Rangers v Aston Villa

Post by Rob R » Wed Nov 04, 2015 2:06 am

Did they need the cloakroom, as the goalposts were not up also ,and they used jackets . I'll get my hat .

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