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No Automatic Autographs
Sir Geoff Hurst
This item appeared in
'Match' Magazine, 25 November, 2000.
... from reader Nicky Sarti of Northampton "I
was just reading your latest letters in MATCH and I
thought I'd give you some names to start off the
'list of shame' on players who don't sign autographs
I have a photograph of the 1966 World Cup Final team
with eight signatures from the players on it,
including the captain Bobby Moore.
Peters and George Cohen are yet to reply to me and
Sir Geoff Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the World
Cup Final, wants 40 pounds to sign it!
He stated in a
letter from his agent that all of the 1966 team would
charge the same amount, but the eight signatures I
already had didn't cost me a penny "I can
understand that there are those individuals who are
hell bent on spoiling it for those genuine collectors
of autographs, but what the players don't always
realise is that it is us genuine fans who have
purchased their endorsed products and paid
hard-earned money to watch them out on the
from Sir Geoff Hurst's agent, David Davies "For
years the players from the 1966 World Cup team, which
I look after have signed autographs for nothing and
they do still do that at events they go to.
months ago we discovered that we were getting a
number of requests from people pretending to be
children and then we would see the autographs up for
auction on the charity website. The reason we knew
this was because we marked the autographs we were
sending off so that we could track if they were being
auctioned off and we found some of them at the
"If we are
100 per cent sure that a request IS from a fan then
we will send out the autograph, but we get lots of
requests coming from the same addresses but written
by different people - SO we know these people are
dealers Some dealers say they are writing on behalf
of charities or that they are children, so we have to
examine every request.
of these disgruntled dealers are trying to do
everything to name and shame us. Sir Geoff gets
70-100 requests for his autograph each week and if he
thinks there is a problem with any of them, then we
send out this letter and he signs the rest. Children
are going to find it more and more difficult to get
autographs because of these dealers and we're sorry
if anyone sending a genuine request gets a letter
from us, but we have to be wary of the dealers.
Charities should use proper headed paper when they
write to us and they won't have a problem."
Please feel free to
cut and paste this letter into an email to Sir Geoff's
Dear Sir Jeffery, I
think your fab,and I want to score 3gols agianst Brazil
in the World Cup Final,I am aged 8 and I would lik yore
atuograpgh, please, Bob, aged 8.
Veni Venables !
Terry Venables (QPR) may be coming to help out
manager Bryan Robson at QPR ... then again he might not
be. See BBC SPORT MIDDLESBROUGH Venables
ponders Boro offer
FA Cup History - Goalie's Goal !
This item by David
Parsons appeared in the 12 November, 2000, No.34 edition
of 'The Non League Paper'...
HISTORY REPEATS itself at
Bamet as Hampton and Richmond aim to go one better
than the last time the two clubs met in the FA Cup.
That was in 1977 when a Barnet side brimming with
former intemationals won 2-1 thanks to a goal from
the then veteran Jimmy Greaves. The match featured on Match of the
Day and made Hampton's Alan Cooling famous as the
first goalkeeper in the history of the competition to
score from open play. His kick stunned star names
such as former Arsenal full back Bob McNab (Arsenal) and Chelsea defender John Dempsey (Chelsea).
To see how this years encounter
went see Next Generation News.
FA Cup Draw - Goalie versus George !
The draw for the Second
Round of the FA Cup this year was made by George
Best and Kim
Book. Kim has his place in football history as the goalie
that let in 6 goals from George Best in the 1969-70 FA
Cup ! It was Northampton Town's big day as they faced
Manchester United at home in this 5th Round tie on the 7
February 1970. Two much travelled stars scored for
Northampton that day Frank Large and Richard 'Dixie'
McNeil. Their contribution has now been mostly forgotten
as Man U hit in 8 - Brian Kidd scoring the other 2. See Cobbs Gallery
Northampton were picked to play away to Rotherham ...
George's final League team, Bournemouth (!), were picked
for a home tie to Stoke City or Nuneaton ...
Goalkeeper Kim will even have figured in one of the
year's top Movies as Best's double hatrick was featured
in the biopic, 'Best'. See Best the Movie
McGovern Returns !
Town - 10th in the 22 team Dr Martin's Premier League -
have appointed John McGovern (Derby
their manager. Here's how the 'Non League Paper' (No.33,
5 November 2000) reported it this way ...
JOHN McGOVERN, the new
llkeston Town manager, has spent the majority of his
career in the company of CIoughs, writes David
McGovern played under Brian
at Hartlepool, Derby, Leeds and Nottigham Forest
where he won a European Cup medal and made more than
300 League appearances.
Now the connectin will
continue as MeGoyem will pit his wits against Nigel's
Burton Albion in the Dr Martens Premier Division.
McGovem said: "I have
known Nigel since he was a baby and respect the job
he has doae at Burton. He is well established and you
mast give him a pat on the back for that.
"Nigel gave me a call
on Wednesday after I was appointed and wished me the
best of luck. I appreciated that, but I would expect
nothing less of the Clough family because they are
McGovern who was working as
a journalist and after dinner speaker jumped at the
chance of a return to football management.
He said, "I have
retained my enthusiasm for football and believe the
deal the club came up with will benefit both parties.
I am not on a contract but am looking forward to
workingh with players again.
"I hope I can bring a
professional attitude to the club and new ideas. I
will make sure training is hard work but also
"I will also bring nine
years of experience in football management and 20
years experience in top flight football."
See Ilson On Line
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