YOUR CHANCE TO PLAY ON THE HAWTHORNS PITCH
"YOUR CHANCE TO PLAY ON THE HAWTHORNS PITCH" and at the same time support Charity. Your team will also be managed by a Former Legend in Darren Moore & Richard Sneekes.
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The Bidding | Combined | Corporate
Home Against Wigan
"Five Albion 'Legends' turned out for the home match against Wigan last week-end, to entertain the Corporate guests in the Richardson Suite. Alec Jackson, Stan Jones, Micky Fudge and Ken Hodgkisson were joined by the legend of all legends, the one and only Dave Walsh, who has just celebrated his 90th birthday. Those of you who read Dave Bowler's excellent interview with Dave in the Wigan matchday programme, will not need to be reminded that Albion's Irish international centre forward banged in exactly 100 goals for the Throstles between May 1946 and December 1950, 23 of them in Albion's promotion winning campaign in 1948/49, before moved four miles down the Witton Road to Villa Park."
"Along with his pals Alec, Stan, Micky and Ken, the five stalwarts amassed nearly 700 Albion first team appearances amongst them, scoring 164 goals. How wonderful was it to see them all at The Hawthorns on Saturday, with another' Baggies' stalwart 'on duty' in the Millichip Suite for the afternoon, Paul Raven. Paul who 'rustled up' a very impressive 304 appearances for the club including 21 goals to his name, was on hand to interview Albion's Scottish international mid-fielder James Morrison after the match, who has to be thanked for standing in at the 'eleventh hour' for the injured Jerome Thomas.
A nice little twist to the afternoon, was the presence of 9 year old Fenton Heard (well he'll be 9 in October) who has just signed associate schoolboy forms for Albion's Academy, making him one of the youngest players to represent the club. How wonderful was it for him to meet the oldest, Mr Walsh, after the game, and the two are pictured together. We wish them both well for the future, and to Dave we say 'Thankyou for all those wonderful memories'.
Former Players support Albion Foundation
The Former Players Association committee supported the Albion Foundation Golf Day at Blackwell Golf Club. We thoroughly enjoyed the day though the Golf was not too spectacular! The Fondation was raising money not only for themselves but also for the St Mary's Hospice, for which our President Brendon is an Ambassador. Our team was Norman Westbury, Ray Wilson, Nick Cross & Geoff Snape. Better luck next year boys!
WBA ALL STARS
The WBA Allstars team were in action on Sunday 28.04.13 at Aldersley stadium, Wolverhampton against an all-star squad from the TV programme Hollyoaks and some former Wolves' stars i.e. Jody Craddock and Matt Murray. In a very keenly thought match Albion came out on top 4-2 with 2 goals from Richard Sneekes and 2 goals from Ian 'hammy' Hamilton in front of approx 200 people in aid of 'balls to cancer' charity.
Bob Taylor, Daryl Burgess and Darren Bradley also played in what turned out to be a very tough game in front of a partisan crowd, as you would expect in Wolverhampton. The all stars next fixture is at Walsall Wood Fc this Sunday 05.05.13 kick off at 2.00pm.
It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of Tony "Paddy" Grealish. He had fought cancer for the last 18 months but unfortunately was unable to beat this and he passed away last night in Ilfracombe. Paddy played 76 times for the Albion including 11 substitute appearances scoring 5 goals.
Tony was a midfield player who joined the Albion from Brighton Hove Albion in March 1984 for £80,000. His other clubs included Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Manchester City and Walsall. He was a regular in the Irish side making 47 International appearances. A few years after his career ended he moved to Marbella and lived near his close friend Derek Statham.
He moved back to the UK 18 months ago and was diagnosed with colon cancer. He leaves two children Jordana & Garrett and we send our deepest sympathy to them both. RIP Paddy
Funeral Arrangements: Friday 3rd May 12.15pm Sacred Heart RC Church, Quex Rd, London NW 6 followed by cremation at Kensal Green Crematorium, Harrow Rd, W10 4RA @ 2.00pm
"Darryl Burgess, Gary Strodder (making his first appearance of the season) and Ian Hamilton, were our members 'on duty' for the visit of the 'Toon' to The Hawthorns last Saturday (20th April). A entertaining 'one all' draw, was discussed at length in the Millichip suite after the match, when Ian hamilton interviewed the Albion goalscorer, Billy Jones, who 'capped' a fine all round performance by netting his very first goal for the club, sincve signing from Preston North End at the beginning of last season. It was also, rather amazingly' the first goal scored by an English born player, in the Premiership this campaign. Definately 'one for the Stato's'."
"It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden death of former Kitman Dave Matthews. Dave served 51 years with the Albion and in conjunction with the Supporters Club we organised a Dinner only 2 years ago in his honour. It was only a week ago that many of us had the pleasure of being in Dave's company at the Arsenal game, we all commented how well David looked after his recent successful battle against cancer so to hear this news today has come as a real shock to everyone connected with the Association.
Dave was one of those "really nice guys", well respected by everyone who met him. He was a friend to all Former Players, a person who did his job immaculately, always with a smile and a person with a great sense of humour. The Association made him an honorary Member upon his retirement and we all were highly delighted to see him at our functions.
David was accepted by every Former Player from whichever era they had pulled on the blue & white shirt which he would have carefully laid out and more importantly he had the trust of the dressing room, they knew whatever might have been said Dave would be discreet.
Mr Albion will be sorely missed by all the guys. However, it will be his family and close friends who will miss him more and therefore our deepest sympathy goes to Carol, Alison & Claire. RIP Mr Albion.
Funeral Arrangements: Wednesday 1st May 12 noon St John the Baptist, High Street, Halesowen, followed by a private family internment. Friends & Colleagues invited to join the Family at the Hawthorns afterwards.
A bumper turn out for the Association for the visit of the Gunners last Saturday. Ray Wilson was ably supported in the various suites by Legendary former captain John Wile. Ray and John were also backed up by the visit of Ally Robertson, Joe Mayo, Ian Edwards, Stewart Woolgar, David Butler, Jack Lovatt and former kitman Dave Matthews. Ray's match report will appear shortly.
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