Darling Memorial Stadium
Hampton, VA

THEN:
The original Darling Stadium
 See if this will do until we get a "good" pic for you :-).
It was taken off my 50 year poster that Hampton did in 2002.
Courtesy of Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 01/25/05
Thanks, Tom!
NOW:
Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Here is a plaque on the wall
of the stadium
.
Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Here is the "new" Darling .... the empty lot is the parking lot and the site
of the former Hampton High/Thorpe Junior High.

Courtesy of Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 12/29/04
Thanks, Tom!
THEN:
 

The last Newport News-Hampton football game was on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, 1970 at Saunders Stadium. Hampton was defending state champs, were on a 28 game winning streak, and
had only yielded 6 points (to Kecoughtan) that year. Even though
they were odds-on favorite to win, it was not to be as Newport News won that final game 16-7 and denied Hampton the opportunity
to have a shot at back-to-back titles.

TRIVIA TIME. Newport News had a hand in Hampton's longest losing streak since 1965. Following that 1970 loss (Johnny Palmer's last year as head coach) Hampton lost the two opening games of the 71 season to Ferguson and First Colonial (Mike Smith's first year as head coach). That three game losing streak has never been equaled or broken since. Newport News ALSO had a hand in ending the previous three game losing streak in 65, when following losses to Wilson, Kecoughtan, and Granby, Hampton pulled out a 7-6 win at Darling.
The Kecoughtan victory was much celebrated as it was only the second year of varsity football at KHS and the KHS coaches
promised to jump off the Buckroe pier if they beat Hampton.
They did ... and they did ... and the pictures of wet coaches
in the '66 Tomahawk yearbook are priceless!
 

Newport News: A Centennial History,  John V. Quarstein and
Parke Rouse, Jr., City of Newport News, 1996
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/17/05
Thanks, Dave!
- Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 01/24/05
Thanks, Tom!

(Finding the right music for) this is a tough one because your first impulse
is to come up with a football - or Thanksgiving - related MIDI.
Well, that's been done to death on other pages.
So, why not play off of the "Darling" connection.
That was easy .... "Little Darling" by the The Diamonds.
But, is there another, more subtle, connection? Perhaps.
The Darling Stadium we all knew is gone and another erected over it.
Not to mention that the original stadium was not all that large .... hence "Little" Darling.

Now .... read the lyrics in the context of our beloved Old Darling Stadium and our nostalgia for those Turkey Day Games:
 

Little Darling

(The Diamonds)
 

Ahhhhhh
Ya ya ya ya, ya ya ya ya, ya ya ya ya
Little darling oh little darling
oh where are you?
My lover I was wronger (la la la la)
to try to love two
Ahh uha uha uha uha
Knowing well that my lover (la la la la)
was just for you uh uh only you

My darling I need you (la la la la)
to call my own
and never do wrong
to hold in mine
your little hand (la la la la)
I'll know too soon
that I'll so pray
please hold my hand

My dear I was wronger
To try to love two
Ahh uha uha uha uha
knowing well that my lover (la la la la)
was just for you
uh only you
 

Is all that just too esoteric for the subscribers?

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/25/05
Not at all, David.  It's yet another indication of the fact that you are a "Soooper Genius"!
Thanks so much!


(This page finally created 11/25/05 at the suggestion of Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA.)


"Little Darling" lyrics courtesy of http://www.lyricsdownload.com/diamonds-little-darling-lyrics.html
at the brilliant suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/25/05
Thanks, Dave!

"Little Darling" midi courtesy of http://www.sitcomsonline.com/jukebox.html
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/25/05
Thanks again, Dave!

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