Memory Lane: Grantham’s afternoon and night of ‘fandemonium’ in 1965

Memory Lane: The Journal reported how brawls broke out at the London Road stadium after 3,000 saw Grantham Town FC lose to Heanor Town in the final minutes of their FA cup tie.
Memory Lane: The Journal reported how brawls broke out at the London Road stadium after 3,000 saw Grantham Town FC lose to Heanor Town in the final minutes of their FA cup tie.

Fifty years ago the Journal reported on two events on the same day which saw hysterical scenes unfold in town.

Firstly, brawls broke out in London Road minutes after some 3,000 spectators had watched victory snatched from the Gingerbreads in the dying minutes of their FA Cup tie with Heanor Town.

Memory Lane: The Journal reported that there was 'fandemonium' when American group The Walker Brothers came to play in Grantham in 1965.

Memory Lane: The Journal reported that there was 'fandemonium' when American group The Walker Brothers came to play in Grantham in 1965.

They went from 2-0 up to 2-2 when Heanor Town equalised with a goal and penalty in the last four minutes.

Supporters rushed on to the field hurling toilet rolls.

Later, teens went wild over the appearance of American group The Walker Brothers at the Drill-hall.

Forty girls fainted and had to be carried out, while the enthusiasm of hundreds of others forced the group to leave the stage after just 15 minutes.