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FPA pledge donation to Astle Foundation

8 April 2015

Albion legends to celebrate Astle Day

JEFF Astle’s old team mates will set the ball rolling with a £250 donation to the Foundation being established in his name on Saturday.

Albion’s Former Players Association will be making the donation on a day which sees some of Jeff’s fellow 1968 FA Cup heroes at The Hawthorns to share in “Astle Day.”

Captain Graham Williams is a familiar figure of course but the rest of the back four on that famous day will also be in attendance.

There will be rare visits from John Talbut and Dougie Fraser while John Kaye will also be in attendance joining Tony ‘Bomber’ Brown who will be conducting his usual media duties with local radio.

It will be particularly poignant for Albion fans to again see Talbut, who lives in Belgium these days and sadly is also fighting Alzheimer’s these days. 

The club have flown over the legendary centre half, accompanied by his wife Ena, to share in the day and Jeff’s widow Laraine was particularly delighted to hear the news.

"Jeff always said that John played the game of his life at Wembley that day – he was his man of the match," she said.

Geoff Snape, secretary of the FPA, said: "We’re delighted to welcome some of Jeff’s team mates on such a special day.

"Everyone who played with Jeff has a story to tell, a tale that always had a funny ending. 

"Unfortunately he departed too early in life but he has never been forgotten by his colleagues, supporters and friends. His name will live long in everyone's memory and by establishing this Foundation in his honour his name will remain forever in the world of football."

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