Monday 28th January 2013

 

Tony Wain

 

We are sad to report the passing of one of our local football legends, Tony Wain.

 

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 Final.

 

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 memory.

 

Tony's funeral will take place at 11:15 on Thursday 31st January at the Catholic Church in Balance Street, Uttoxeter.