28th January 2013
We are sad to report the passing of one of our local football legends,
Tony played for several local clubs during
the 1950s and 1960s including Rocester, but most notably Bamfords Sports
Club. He was a big, powerful centre forward in the traditional mould,
who used his strength to great effect to score numerous goals.
Tony joined Rocester at the start of the
1957-58 season, and he became an instant hit by scoring 45 goals in his
first season. This total included 39 in just 30 Staffordshire County League
(North) games as Rocester finished fourth.
He spent three seasons with Rocester,
during which time he helped the club to two May Bank Cup successes in
1958 and 1959, and he scored one of Rocester's goals in the 9-0
thrashing of Uttoxeter Amateurs in the 1959 Uttoxeter Challenge Cup
Perhaps his greatest moment in a Rocester
shirt came on 13th April 1959 when he scored two goals at Stoke City's
Victoria Ground as Wolstanton United were beaten 3-0 in the
Staffordshire F.A. Junior Cup (North) Final. We are led to believe this
was the first game played under floodlights at the Victoria Ground.
Tony and his wife Margaret have been
regular supporters at Hillsfield in recent years, and he will be sadly
missed at his 'spot' in the main stand.
Our sincere condolences and thoughts go out to all Tony's family and
friends at this sad time, particularly son David and his wife Lisa who
are Committee members here at Hillsfield.
We will be observing a one minute's
silence before next Saturday's match against Runcorn Town in Tony's
Tony's funeral will take place at 11:15 on
Thursday 31st January at the Catholic Church in Balance Street,