22nd Sep, 2018

GALLERY: Legends Day 'one of the best yet' says Former Players Association member

A GATHERING of Coventry City legends has been described as one of ‘the best yet’ by a committee member at the Coventry City Former Players Association.

Frank Pritchard described Saturday’s ‘Legends Day’ at the Ricoh Arena as a tremendous success and thanked the former players who turned out.

The day saw former players including Ronnie Farmer, Dietmar Bruck, Barry Quinn, Ian Wallace, Tommy Hutchison, and Gordon Simms plus more take to the field at half time during Coventry’s League One clash against Peterborough.

Frank told The Observer: “It was one of the most successful Legends Day events we’ve had.

“Though it wasn’t the largest turnout, we had a good representation of players from the 1950s right up until the 2000s.

“We’re very grateful to Tommy Hutchinson, Ian Wallace and Roy Barry who all came down from Scotland for the day.

“It was a special celebration as this year marks the 50th anniversary since the 1967 team gained promotion to Division 1 and the 30th anniversary of the club’s FA Cup win.

“All of this on the back of a second win at Wembley last week made the day memorable.

“Someone mentioned to me the Checkatrade Trophy isn’t important.

“But whichever football club plays at Wembley – Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea – it’s a memorable day out.

“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I’m lucky to have supported my team at Wembley not just once but twice.”

Faces from the 50s right through until the 2000s were announced onto the pitch before the annual group photo took place in the centre circle.

It was just the former players off the pitch that gave City fans something to cheer about as Ruben Lameiras’ strike in the second half secured Mark Robins’ men three more League One points.

Frank added: “We have a very hard working team of volunteers – a dozen or so people put many hours in and when it all comes together it’s great.

“Bobby Gould didn’t manage to make the day as he sadly lost his mother the previous Tuesday.

“However we’ve all been raising funds for Guide Dogs and that’s a charity close to Bobby’s heart as his father was blind.

“His father attended games when Bobby broke into the first team and someone would sit next to him and commentate on the games.”

Photos: Shaun Reynolds Photography

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