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Month: November 2018

They Think its all Over

They Think its all Over

‘I just wanted to be rid of it, I’d been through too much, I no longer wanted to play, at any level.’ Sat in hospital, after breaking his jaw, Jimmy Fry thought about giving up on football altogether.   After a catalogue of injuries, the former Birmingham City U23’s captain, felt enough was enough. ‘I’d been through two nine-month rehabs and now this, I didn’t want to do it anymore.’   Anyone would have understood Jimmy’s decision to turn his…

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Guess Who?

Guess Who?

Jimmy Fry, Stratford Town’s captain, talks about his time at Birmingham City. He speaks about a former teammate from his time at St Andrews. Can you guess who it is? Answers in the Comment section below. Please follow & like us 🙂

Chasing the Dream

Chasing the Dream

Lee Clark hardly endeared himself to the St Andrew’s faithful.  So when his sacking came, it was good riddance, right? Well… not exactly The truth may surprise a few. Believe it or not, many at the club were sad to see him go. Lee Clark’s appointment had represented a fresh start for a lot of players. One such, was second-year scholar, Jimmy Fry.   Before Clark’s arrival, young players weren’t given a chance. There was a real despondency around the…

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Training Days

Training Days

Jimmy Fry was just like any other lad, growing up, he dreamt of being a professional footballer. Every Saturday, he would go to Moor Green with his grandad. Although he was never too interested in watching, he was all about playing. ‘To say I watched many of the games, would be a bit of a lie, we used to play football around the sides of the pitch.’ Jimmy was similar to hundreds of other kids starting out, he simply played…

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A Case of Deja Vu

A Case of Deja Vu

These two have history. The weekend’s events in Argentina may have shocked and surprised many. But for those in South America, sadly, it was deja-vu. The attack on the Boca Juniors team bus, smacked of a game, three years ago.   It was carbon copy. Although, on that occasion, the boot was on the other foot. That time, Boca were the perpetrators and River were the persecuted. Going into the second leg, River held a slender 1-0 lead. After a…

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Salford Stalemate

Salford Stalemate

Solihull Moors hosted Salford City at the weekend. Not a classic, but a closely fought encounter. Two competitive sides going toe to toe. A day when the defences came out on top.   Salford had the best opportunity of the first half, as Adam Rooney found space in the box. He was able to slip his marker, but his header drifted harmlessly into the keeper’s arms. It was one, of several promising attacks by Salford but Solihull stayed firm. The…

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Geoff Thomas: Proud to be Palace

Geoff Thomas: Proud to be Palace

Geoff Thomas talks about the time he led Crystal Palace out at Wembley. The great Sir Alex Ferguson was under pressure to win a trophy. The game that followed, would go down as one of the most memorable FA Cup finals ever. Palace ran Manchester United so close. Had Mark Hughes not popped up, it would have been The Eagles’ name on the famous trophy. Please follow & like us 🙂

Defying the Final Whistle

Defying the Final Whistle

A tough-tackling midfielder, Geoff Thomas loved nothing more than a challenge, during his career. But, nothing could have prepared him for the one he faced, once he retired. Geoff was diagnosed with leukaemia. He explains that, in his time of need, football played a blinder. Simon Jordan, was first to step in. The Palace chairman offered his help but Geoff was unable, to accept his offer. ‘I knew I had two really hard years ahead of me, if I knew…

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Up for the Cup

Up for the Cup

Ever since Geoff Thomas battled leukaemia, he has been a tireless fundraiser. His latest event, Copa del Leukaemia, is a five a side football tournament, taking place at St George’s.   How did it Happen?   The concept came to Geoff after he had been given a tour of the national football centre by the current England manager. ‘Gareth Southgate and Aidy Boothroyd, showed us around the facilities at St George’s, and we just came up with an idea.’ Geoff…

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