Maine Road 100 – Day 9

Day 9 of my posts counting down to the centenary of Maine Road’s opening game. Today this grainy image highlights something that was, until the end of the Kippax in 1994, a regular part of the Maine Road match experience. If you look carefully you can see the tea urn being pushed around the ground. It’s currently in front of the Platt Lane Stand and I remember being in that stand as a young boy in the 1970s and desperately wanting something from the vendor. Chipmunk crisps, Waggon Wheels & TipTop orange drinks were three of the items I remember them selling.

Usually, we brought a flask to games (often broken in the excitement of a goal) and occasionally Dad would have enough money to let us go and get some crisps or something. For those who never experienced Maine Road or the tea urns, basically a couple of young matchday staff, usually lads, but sometimes girls, would push a tea urn around in front of the white wall that surrounded the pitch. Presumably they had filled the tea urn at some point early into the game and I guess older fans knew how long it took the tea urn to get from one end to the other. If you were at the wrong end of the Platt Lane Stand your brew may not have been as hot as you’d want.

The Platt Lane tea urn, early 1970s

I never had a hot drink from it, so I don’t know if the urn had hot water in so that they could add a tea bag, Nescafe or bit of Bovril to it or whether it was already made up. If it was maybe there were different drinks in multiple urns that I didn’t spot? Anyone here ever work one or know more about that? If you did please leave your comments, or if you’ve any other memories of Maine Road that you’d like to share.

If you’d like to read more on the history of Maine Road, take a look at Farewell To Maine Road, which can be downloaded from this page:

To help those unfamiliar with Maine Road locate the specific location of this post, the Platt Lane tea urn photographed is heading towards the number 3 on this plan.

Maine Road aerial 1971 from Farewell To Maine Road

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