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Iron Bowl Streak Lives

November 27, 2011 by staff 

Iron Bowl Streak Lives, They’ve made every Iron Bowl since its renewal in 1948. But as the streak continues, ex­tending to a remarkable 64 consec­utive games this Saturday at Jor­dan-Hare Stadium, their numbers continue to diminish.

Now, just two fans are remain­ing from the group local attorney Oakley Melton put together in the 1960s.

“When we started it, it was about 50-50 between Auburn and Alabama fans,” Melton said. “I did a lot of research with the alumni association and the A Club. When I first started it, we honored the players who had played in the first game in 1948. We had a good turn­out of players.

“We had a lot of fun together before the game. We always got together because after the game the loser was always ready to get the heck out of there.”

Over the years, their numbers diminished and Melton would get the group together on an irregular basis before the game in Auburn or in Tuscaloosa.

“The last five we’ve had the last couple of years were all Alaba­ma supporters,” he said. “It just happened to work out that way.”

Of course, it’s not easy getting up and down the stands for fans in their mid-80s. Last year, the group’s last woman, Gloria Azar of Montgomery, stopped going to games. This year, it is Melton who will not make the trek.

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