Saturday (28th Feb) saw 35 Former Players attend the 12th Annual General Meeting at The Hawthorns prior to the Southampton game. Once again we had a wonderful cross section from the various post war eras, Brian Whitehhouse from the 50's to Daryl Burgess and Bob Taylor from the 2000's. It was good to see so many travelling from afar - Peter Latchford & Stewart McLaren from Scotland, Barry Cowdrill and Wayne Ferriday from Bournemouth, Bob Ward from Blackpool, some like Stan Jones, Ray Fairfax, Brian Macready only had to jump on their "bike" and they could pedal to the Hawthorns! Talking of which our President Brendon had just finished a 125 mile Charity bike ride from Southampton to the Hawthorns prior to the meeting in aid of the Foundation. Harry Salter, from the Foundation, joined the meeting to be presented with a cheque for £100 to cover the sponsorship of all our friends who took part.
The Annual General Meeting was swift, informative and as usual all the guys enjoyed meeting up with one another. An excellent meal & a few drinks was provided in the Richardson Suite and then our members were entertained to a thoroughly enjoyable game of football v Southampton, a wonderful goal from Saido Berahino and a very workman like performance sent the "lads" back into the bar happy. Our members disappeared from 5.30 onwards, some to resume a long journey home, others to get back on that bike and the two Scottish boys to a Hotel in Walsall to continue drinking and eating with Bruce Collard, Dave Butler and Stewart Woolgar.
Our thanks go to the Football Club for providing the facilities to cater for our meeting and to all those who made the trouble in travelling, whether just down the road or from afar.
Another year has moved swiftly on and another football season drawing ever closer to its finale.
Those in attendance: Brendon Batson OBE, Ray Wilson, Geoff Snape, Norman Westbury, Graham Williams, Mick Fudge, Jim Cumbes, Stan Jones, Campbell Crawford, Ray Fairfax, Brian Whitehouse, Brian Macready, Archie Styles, John Lovatt, Alec Jackson, Keith Smith, Ken Hodgkisson, Bob Taylor, Daryl Burgess, Steve Lilwall, Ian Hamilton, Wayne Ferriday, Paul Raven, Derek Monaghan, Nick Cross, Mick Perry, Colin Addison, Dennis Clarke, Bruce Collard, Barry Cowdrill, Dave Butler, Stewart Phillips, Peter Latchford, Stewart McLaren, Stewart Woolgar, Darren Bradley, Bob Ward.