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Alan Curbishley 1995 - 2006: Thanks for the memories

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The last home game of the 2005/2006 season will be one I remember for a long time. Starting off at the pub, then to The Valley to hear Amici Forever perform as part of the pre match entertainment.

Then surprisingly a lot of people in suits, I assumed at the time boardmembers, made a circle spanning from the half way line towards the covered end. Then Chairman Richard Murray started speaking on the mic about what a season it has been. Then the words that shocked every person in The Valley "the club regrets to announce that todays match will be the last home game for Alan Curbishley". No one could believe it. Thus starting the 'Super Alan's Red Army' 'Alan C's Red Army' and all the other Alan C chants.

Despite the bad result, Alan responded to the crowds chants of 'Alan give us a wave, Alan Alan give us a wave'. But a very moving thing happened in the final five minutes of the match. A little cluster of us in the J Block started the chant 'Stand up for the Curbishley' to which the whole of the North did. Then the normally non existant East and West stands stood up aswell. I think even some of the Blackburn fans stood up. A standing ovation for a great man.

The obligatory end of season lap of honour around the pitch with Curbs having most attention and then his final words of fairwell to the Valley faithful on the Mic was so emotional.

Alan thanks for the memories, you Legend.
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