Standing on the Pitch he graced
It was spooky, honest as l walked across l expected a hand to come put of the ground and such me in. Yeah, l know l have a quite strong and curious imagination and this place was do special for in so many different ways.
That fits Saturday afternoon in a red and white shirt against Liverpool saved my career which was close to tatters.
I hadn’t played well for so long and was miserable, which was thanks to my ankle injury, Dave Sexton and Alf Ramsey who had recently banned me for three long years for being injured.
Today it couldn’t happen as l would have sued them onto that ground.
If in the USA l would have walked away with untold millions even for todays incredible amounts.
The Victoria Ground should have been turned into a museum for those wonderful people of the Potteries and those who left the pot Banks and mines, gave a pint and get there for the only match that kicked off at 3.15pm
The museum would have been full of do many wonderful footballing memories before the game went Global. So many amazing players and of course there was the Mattews testimonial where the masterful Tony Waddington brought all of those incredible football legends like Lev Yashin and Ferenc Puskas and of course Johnny Haynes my Fulham hero, to that wonderful ground off Campbell Road.
Goes to show, they erected that Josiah Wedgwood statue outside the North Staffs hotel yet allow a place that gave so much pleasure to disappear into thin air.
Every time l go past my heart sinks!