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Vic gives Chris memorable send-off

Albion on hand as head teacher calls it a day

LIFELONG Albion supporter Chris Evans had the best possible retirement present when Victor Anichebe presented him with a home shirt signed by the entire squad.  

After starting teaching in 1978 and having spent 12 years and two terms as head teacher of Moat Farm Junior School in Oldbury, Chris finally decided to retire at Easter – with one member of staff admitting “it was the end of an era”.

On one of his final days at the school in front of a packed assembly, Chris was informed that a special guest was in attendance. 

Much to his surprise, Baggies striker Victor appeared on stage to present him with the signed shirt, adding to the already high emotion of the occasion. 

Although Chris’ retirement was the main focus of the day, it also proved an excellent opportunity for the pupils to enjoy Victor’s visit. 

During the afternoon, all 480 pupils at the school had various activities going on and had prepared presents to help Chris celebrate. 

Victor visited many of these classes to help share the children’s work and happily signed autographs, answered questions and posed for photographs - engaging with the children, who were all excited to see him.  

Subsequently, on that Saturday, a total of ten year four pupils were rewarded for their excellent efforts by being invited to attend Albion’s 3-3 draw against Tottenham at The Hawthorns.