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GregNorth
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586 of 590  Mon 19th Jul 2021 11:54am  
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On 12th Apr 2021 8:25pm, Mick Strong said:
On 12th Apr 2021 7:47pm, Midland Red said: A competition held in Singapore at the end of the season, involving City, Derby County and Everton
Thanks MR, was it a one off, or is it still going?
I played football for RAF Changi, Singapore in 1970/71. The team often gave run outs v the likes of Arsenal and Southampton if I recall. The Anchor competition ceased when the British pulled serviceman and I suspect, Civil Servants out of Singapore at the request of the Singapore Government who had attained independence c1965.
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GregNorth
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587 of 590  Mon 19th Jul 2021 12:00pm  
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On 19th Jul 2021 8:01am, JohnnieWalker said: Apart from all the "normal" skills of a great centre half, I remember the freaky way that he would run towards a high ball, take it on his chest and take it forward, almost "glued" to his chest. Impossible to take the ball off him, without an obvious foul. Eventually, gravity would have the ball drop to his feet and then, of course, he could distribute it (e.g.. kick the sh*t out of it!) to his forwards. George Curtis and Jimmy Hill were "made for each other" and were profound influences on the pride in being Coventry people in the 1960s! I was privileged to see almost all of George Curtis's playing career. Then (one dark night!) I got up at 2am to watch the FA Cup Final, and shed a few tears of joy in that early Australian morning, taking as much pleasure in watching the Sky Blues management up in their "VIP's box" as I did in watching their team win the game on the pitch. Funnily enough, just writing this post brought tears to my eyes! RIP George Curtis!
Good post, Johnnie, worth missing a night’s sleep, methinks!!
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NeilsYard
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588 of 590  Mon 19th Jul 2021 2:53pm  
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I've known George and his family for most of my life. When George moved to Allesley Park I ended up going to school with his youngest daughter and from that my mum became closest of friends (and remains to this day) with George's wife Inger. RIP to a Sky Blue legend.
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slash1
northampton
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589 of 590  Wed 21st Jul 2021 6:08pm  
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George was not only a brilliant centre half, as well as a brilliant captain, he was a brilliant and lovely man. For most of his playing days, he lived in a club house, where Roy Kirk (another colossus of a man) had lived before him, on the corner of Clovelly Road and Torcross Avenue. Living in the area, we passed his house a lot. If ever he was working in his garden, he would always be happy to stop what he was doing and answer our questions. I always thought, Mr Coventry City to people of my time, 1955 until late 1960’s. RIP lovely man.
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dave owens
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590 of 590  Wed 21st Jul 2021 10:54pm  
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On 18th Jul 2021 9:45pm, Midland Red said: He might have won an England cap, Dave, had he not come across one Frank Wignall at the City Ground in 1967 Angry
That was a terrible tackle. To suffer a broken leg at that point in his career was heartbreaking!!!
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