Ipswich: Blues ace Talbot takes to field with the players he coached
BLUES legend Brian Talbot dusted off his boots for a reunion match with the club he used to coach.
IPSWICH: Blues legend Brian Talbot dusted off his boots for a reunion match with the club he used to coach.
While playing for Ipswich Town in the 1970s, the midfielder coached Westgate Ward Social Club, but he left the town in 1979 to sign for Arsenal.
With the help of friend Steve Andrews, he organised a reunion match with his former players against sons and grandsons at Paul and Whites Social Club on Sunday.
Mr Talbot, who was a key member of the Super Blues side that lifted the FA Cup in 1978, said: “Unfortunately us old boys lost 3-1, but they had young legs on their side.
“We were playing against the younger generation so it was tough-going but fortunately there were no casualties which was important.”
Mr Talbot, who notched 25 goals in 177 appearances for Ipswich Town between 1972-1979, played against his sons Darren, 38, and Daniel, 29, as well as 15-year-old grandson Joe Holmes.
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“I didn’t think I would ever play against my grandson, to be fair, but it was good fun,” he added.
“It was a pleasure to be on the pitch with them, not that I could run about as quick as them.
“Up until five years ago I was playing regular football but now I’ve taken a back seat.”
The match was arranged as Mr Talbot and Mr Andrews are both set to celebrate their 60th birthdays this year.
Mr Talbot, who now lives in Hertfordshire, said: “Some of us hadn’t seen each other for about 20 years, so it was great to catch up and reminisce about games.
“I’d like to thank everybody for playing and getting together.
“It was a really fun day and everyone enjoyed it.
“I’m sure some of the blokes will be feeling worse for wear, although I can’t tell if that’s through weary legs or the beer after the match!”