On Monday 28th July SCOBA members family and friends attended Irish Night for their annual visit to Utttoxeter Race Course. 1972 League Cup winners were in abundance, Gordon Banks, Terry Conroy, Jackie Marsh, Denis Smith and Jimmy Greenhoff.
Another Stoke legend who was in the Chelsea team for that final but later became the darling of the Stoke fans was also with us that being Alan Hudson.
Alan managed to sign some copies of his last book which were available to punters on the night. Other SCOBA members were also present, Mike McDonald, John Lumsdon, Matt Hughes, Harry Burrows, Geoff Scott and John Ruggiero.
SCOBA would like to thank our friends who supported the night, Keith Humphreys, Motiva and MWay, Ian Ferguson of George & Freddie, Chris Lees of Patera Engineering, John & Jackie Livesley, Go Enviromental and Mo Iqbal. Included in the race card was a race sponsored by the Tile Mine which belongs to Mo Iqbal. Huddy and Banksy made a presentation to one of the winning owners and were interviewed in front of a packed paddock.
Gordon was asked about Englands recent showing in the World Cup and he was confident that they would progress but was disappointed that the team did not reach the knockout stages.
Huddy was more critical and said he never expected the team to get out of the group and also wanted Hodgson to be replaced. Say what you think Huddy !!!!
Later in the evening we were joined by Gary Newbon the legendary Midland Sports reporter who used to cover Stoke a lot during the 70s.
All in all another great event from the SCOBA lads.