THE Bugle story about the England v Hungary match in the November 28 edition brought back many memories for me.
I was doing my National Service at 5 Training Battalion R.E.M.E. at Arborfield, south of Reading, and they had a supply of tickets for the game on November 25, 1953. The back of the ticket was stamped 5 TRG. Bn. REME. Quite a few coachloads of soldiers went to the match and we arrived late, only to find England were already one down.
I cannot remember much about the game, but being a Birmingham City supporter it was great to see Gil Merrick playing for England.
It was good to read the match report in The Bugle. Newspapers were sold on camp at breakfast time if you got there early. No TV in those days, or even a 'wireless' in the barrack room.
Incidentally, this unit, based at Hazebrouck Barracks, was raided by the I.R.A. in August 1955, but I had already been demobbed in February 1954.
W .G.A. Deeley,
128 Ridgacre Lane, Quinton.