Pools legends in Tony tribute

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A FOOTBALL great is to headline a tribute dinner as part of a campaign to get his former team-mate a posthumous award.

A campaign has been started by Paul ‘Goffy’ Gough, of Hartlepool-based Goffy Media, to get former Hartlepool United player Tony Parry recognised in Show Racism the Red Card’s Hall of Fame alongside football stars such as Sir Bobby Robson, Gary Lineker and John Barnes.

And it is being backed by another Pools legend John McGovern, who is heading back to the town to play a part in a Tony Parry Tribute Evening at the Rovers Quoit Club, in Grainger Street, on Friday, May 27.

Other ex-Pools stars taking part in the event include Paul Baker and John McPhail, while Gary Liddle will be attending from Pools’ current squad.

Goffy said: “It will be a fantastic evening, full of great football stories and a perfect boost to my campaign to have Tony honoured with a very special posthumous award. His name will live on forever, with the games biggest names.

“I know he would be very proud to be remembered in this way if I can achieve it.”

Parry was Brian Clough’s first signing as Pools boss in October 1965. He was also one of the first black players to play in league football.

He played almost 200 games and was the fans’ player of the year as the team gained promotion to Division Three in the 1967/68 season, when he played alongside McGovern.

He was later signed by Brian Clough in 1972 at Derby County, a cash deal which effectively saved the club from going out of existence.

He sadly passed away at the age of 64, in November 2009.

McGovern was born in Montrose, Scotland and moved to Hartlepool at the age of just seven. Aged 16, he was signed as an apprentice by Clough and made his first team debut just a few weeks later.

He went on to play for Derby, Leeds and Nottingham Forest in a glittering career.

He has now fashioned a career as a leading after-dinner speaker and is renowned for his stories of his mentors Clough and Peter Taylor, who he followed to European glory on two occasions.

He was also captain of Forest as they won the European Cup under the guidance of the former Pools management team.

Tickets for the evening are priced at £15, including supper, and are available from Goffy Media by ringing 07990588424 or the Rovers Quoit Club, in Grainger Street, Hartlepool, on (01429) 273597.