John McCormick writes: It was Malcolm who sent the e-mail about a poll to decide on names for the stands at the SOL but it was Eric who made the original request, via the comments section, in Colin’s guess the score for the opening game of the season. My contribution was the headline you see above and the construction of the page.
Charlie Hurley, Bob Stokoe, Bradley Lowery, Raich Carter, Stan Anderson, Jimmy Montgomery and Ian Porterfield, in no particular order, were the first names we came up with; I added Cloughie and Shack when setting up the poll.
Jimmy Seed also came to my mind, possibly because this year is the centenary of the end of the war and also of his last game for us, but he already has a stand in the Valley, coincidentally the home of this weekend’s opponents, and one of us came up with Margaret Byrne, which raises the possibility of 28,000 supporters each coming up with a better choice this weekend, without any name appearing twice.
The possibilities aren’t endless, but just think of some of the players I haven’t previously mentioned: Nick Sharkey, Bobby Kerr, and of course Sir Niall Quinn – and they are just from my own memory. Or what about non-players? Does James Allan deserve commemoration? We truly have a tremendous history and the more you think, the more you delve, the more names you will find.
For now, though, I’ll just put in the first 9. Any other suggestions (all 28,000 of them) can be added via the comments section at the bottom. And for the time being you’re limited to one choice even though we have four stands, and I’ll hide the results until such time as I’m sure we won’t be hit by the glitch that allowed multiple voting to affect recent polls.
Jimmy Seed Stand pic courtesy of Wikipedia, posted by Baddmind