Sporting Memories


I’m looking forward to Thursday (18th April). The wonderful John Pearman, the editor of the Liverpool Fanzine ‘Red All Over The Land’, has invited me to host a great night at Longcliffe Golf Club in Loughborough.

John was heavily involved with local football teams in the East Midlands, including Thorpe Acre, in the 1960’s and 70’s and also the formation of the Charnwood league in 1966. John found out that two of his former players, Brian Jackson and Frank Blackshaw, are now tragically suffering with Dementia and John wants to highlight the issue and show support.

He’s put a great panel together for the night, including the BBC Radio 5-Live football commentator, Alan Green, former Forest, Liverpool, Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday player and now manager of Burton Albion, Nigel Clough, Dawn Astle, daughter of the West Brom legend Jeff Astle and a leading campaigner in Dementia and Alzheimer’s in football following the death of her dad. Also Jeff Sewell, the first local referee to make it to the old First Division and Pete Jones, a referee from the local scene who went on to be a Premier League and FIFA referee.

The sporting memorabilia John has put together for the auction is first class and there’s top raffle prizes too.

There are a few tickets left at just £20 per person and that includes a Buffet. If you’d like to go, get in touch with John by email: – It would be great to see you there!

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Pete Jones

Is a referee from the local scene who will be known by a lot of people in this room. He went on to be a Premier League and FIFA referee. He’s refereed League Cup and FA Cup Finals.


Jeff Sewell

Jeff is another referee, you’ll know well from the local football scene in the 60s and early 70s. He was the first local referee from that time to make it to the old First Division and became a Fifa International Referee.  


Alan Green

Alan has been a BBC Radio sports commentator since 1981, mainly on football but also on golf, rowing and the Olympic Games. He’s one of BBC Radio 5 Live’s most senior football commentators and has won a Sony Radio Academy Award for Sports Broadcaster Of The Year. He’s also worked in the USA as Atlanta United’s play by play lead announcer for Fox Sports. Alan has an opinion on just about everything.


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