For many years now the Dallas Cup Staff and I have “kidded” our Executive Director Gordon Jago (with “love” in our hearts I would add) that “long ago and far away” when he played professionally for Charlton Athletic FC in the English First Division the ball had laces, that it picked up two pounds of weight when played on a muddy pitch, that the Match Programs and other important documents were chiseled on stone tablets and television screens maxed out at 10 inches diagonally. Well, we all now have to admit we were wrong about the Match Program.
I recently heard from a long time mutual friend in England, Alan Bennett. For many years before retiring, Alan provided wonderful assistance and acted as a liaison between the Dallas Cup and the English Premier League Academy League. Alan sent me an email on 10 August and in it he tells me, “Arsenal were the first Club I supported - my dad took out two Season Tickets for seats in the Stand at Highbury the season after the war (World War II) at the princely cost of £5/15/6 each - Gordon will translate for you !!! But it works out at around $7.50 at today's rates or $23 at that $4 to the £1 rate of those days. Fortunately my mother rapidly lost interest so I took over the second ticket, and was a keen supporter until I went to Chelsea as Assistant Secretary in 1961. Now just to prove my Arsenal credentials, I'm attaching a scan of an Arsenal v Charlton First Division match programme from 20th April, 1957, with a certain "Jago" listed to play at No. 5 for Charlton. He also gets a write-up in the pen pictures (on the upper right side of the left hand page) of the Charlton players, which I hope you can read. Now I wonder what happened to that lad !!! “
The Match Program IS on paper as you will see by clicking below, not chiseled on a stone tablet so Gordon, as is stated above we all do admit we were wrong but only on the Match Program aspect, NOT on the other points made. JJJ