Green 'Un and the Pink 'Un

Ancestor Gateway Forum - STAMFORD MEMORIES GATEWAY (Lincolnshire England) used as PRIDE and PREJUDICE FILM SET New Topic  |  Search
Thread Topic: Green 'Un and the Pink 'Un
Topic Originator: Mike Laughton
Post Date May 28, 2018 @ 5:53 PM
 Green 'Un and the Pink 'Un
 RE: Green 'Un and the Pink 'Un
 RE: Green 'Un and the Pink 'Un
 RE: Green 'Un and the Pink 'Un
 RE: Green 'Un and the Pink 'Un
 RE: Green 'Un and the Pink 'Un

Mike Laughton
May 28, 2018 @ 5:53 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Does anyone else remember the two sports papers that used to be on sale in Red Lion Square from teatime on Saturdays throughout the 1950s and 60s?
The Pink Un was printed on pink paper and the Green Un was printed on green paper.
One was published by the Evening Telegraph in Peterborough and other was printed and published in Leicester by the Leicester Mercury but I can't remember which was which.
The papers contained all that days local and national football and racing results and included write-ups about the matches.
It now seems miraculous that these two sports papers could be written, composed in the old-fashioned hot-metal way, printed and be on sale within about an hour of the matches ending. Even in this computer age it would be difficult to get newspapers out much quicker.
I remember that Stamford character Ninny Yates always used to sell one of the papers every Saturday night.

Roger Partridge
June 15, 2018 @ 8:09 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Have vague memories of seeing the "Pink'Un" for sale in Red Lion Square, but never bought one

June 16, 2018 @ 10:54 AM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Pink 'Un was published by the Northamptonshire (Evening) Telegraph in Kettering. In those days the Soke was in Northamptonshire, so it covered The Posh. Great interest always in seeing who had won the biscuit that week. No floodlights in those days. In mid-winter you got a full report for the 2.15 kick-offs, but early and late in the season with 3.15 kick-offs, you got a report which cut off early in the second half, and the result was in the stop press.

Green 'Un was the Leicester equivalent. usually reached Stamford after the Pink'Un.

syd bowers
June 16, 2018 @ 10:51 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

There was a lady called mrs Jibb sat against All Saints church wall under where the Christmas Tree stands, she had that pitch for years.

Mike Laughton
July 4, 2018 @ 1:20 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

Ah! Yes Kevin, the "Biscuit"
I had forgotten about that.
It was always the first thing anyone asked when they saw someone reading the Pink 'Un ……….."Who has got the Biscuit"
(The Biscuit was an award published in the Pink Un for the best performance in a match that particular day. I think it could be award to a team or an individual liked  the scorer of a hat-trick).
I can't remember if the Green Un and Pink UN were published during the summer for the racing and cricket or whether they were just winter publications mainly for the Saturday football results although I do seem to recall they always printed comprehensive racing results.

July 5, 2018 @ 10:24 PM Reply  |  Email  |  Print  |  Top

I think the Pink 'Un's proper name was the Sporting Telegraph?? I also think it may have been published throughout the summer, but not so sure about that.
In football season, the biscuit always went to the local football team with the best result that day, but on Cup Final day it always went to whoever won at Wembley.
Remember the Pink 'Un Parade? A line of mascot icons along the top of the front page carrying the number of big shiny conical points their team had won that day, with a facial expression to match. The Steelman, The Cobbler, Mr Posh, The Russian, The Eagle, Daniel Lambert, The Doughboy, The Tulip, The Wader, and so on.
It was sold for years by a little bloke standing in front of Johnson's in The Square. My uncle picked me up a copy during his Saturday night pub crawl, and I read the print off it on Sunday morning.