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> Senior Blues members meeting, March 2nd 2018., 11 am This Friday in the BLUES BAR.
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post Feb 26 2018, 12:25 PM
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We have a very special guest for our March meeting in BRIAN FINNEY. A lot of our members will recognise the famous surname, yes, he is the son of the famous PRESTON and ENGLAND international TOM FINNEY.
Brian is bringing some of his fathers memorabilia, and I know he has lots of stories to tell about his fathers illustrious career, we look very much to hearing from Brian.

Our second guest is “one of our own” Volunteer match steward. AMY DAVIES. I know she will give us a brilliant insight into her job at the Football Club. As we know, we our volunteers are vital in the running of the football club.

We were hoping to get Chester Legend, Andy Holden, but due to work commitments, he’s not been able to make this month, but we are trying hard to re-arrange another date with him.

The Senior Blues will be recognising RYAN ASTLES 100 appearances for the club with a trophy, we are hoping that he will be allowed briefly to leave training to accept his award.

As usual Tea and Coffee will be served and some of our Senior Blues merchandise will be on sale.


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post Mar 2 2018, 02:06 PM
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post Mar 2 2018, 04:31 PM
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QUOTE (EltonblueS @ Mar 2 2018, 02:06 PM) *
good meeting ?

Excellent meeting, and an excellent turn out considering the weather.
Our first guest was AMY DAVIES one of our hard working stewards from the East Stand.
AMY gave a very interesting and serious talk about her job, she is obviously a passionate Chester fan, and it became quite clear that she loves her job which is obviously a big part of her life.
She has been a steward for six years, and she already has got her NVQ Level 2 qualification,which is required to become a steward and also has Level 3 as well, and is going for a Level 4 NVQ, which would make her qualified to take charge of a game as a Safety Officer.
I didn’t realise how much stewards have to do pre- match until Amy listed them, before they even have to start their match day duties.
Amy is a brilliant example of one of our dedicated volunteers who are such an important part of our club, she is indeed a great credit to the club, and it was a pleasure to have her speak at our meeting.

Our second guest was BRIAN FINNEY who was instantly recognisable as the son of the famous footballer, SIR TOM FINNEY OBE.CBE.
Sir Tom was well known for, as well as playing, continuing for some time working in his plumbing business.
BRIAN gave us a very interesting overview of his fathers illustrious career.
“The Preston plumber” Sir Tom was a one man club, playing 473 games for Preston North End, scoring 210 goals in all competitions.
He played for England 76 times scoring 30 times. Sir Tom was a good old fashioned winger, and Stan Mortenson and Nat Lofthouse were among a lot recipients of his brilliant crossing of the ball, but Sir Tom also could turnout as a centre forward
when required.
He retired in 1960 and returned to his successful plumbing business, but came out of retirement to play for Distillery in the away leg of a European Cup match against Benfica in 1963.
Later in life his wife developed Alzheimer’s disease, and Sir Tom dedicated a large part of his life as a supporter for The Alzheimer’s society.
Brian very kindly brought two international shirts of his fathers, a Scotland shirt and an Irish shirt that he had gained by swapping shirts after one of his many international games, plus one of his many international caps.
Brian has also donated a signed photograph by his father, of the famous “Splash” photograph which has now been turned into a statue outside Deepdale.
Also he brought along some other photographs of his father which he has donated to the football along with some books about Sir Tom. These items will be auctioned or sold with the funds going to the clubs “Rescue Fund”
This was a very generous gesture by Brian and we are very grateful to him.

Our final guest was RYAN ASTLES who accepted a trophy from the Senior Blues to recognise his 100 appearances for our football club. He was given a great reception r ur members.


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