Oct 6 2011 by Paul Wheelock, Chester Chronicle
BLUES fans will have the chance to bid for two spine-tingling moments from the club’s history at an evening of entertainment, chat and nostalgia at the Exacta Stadium.
A signed photograph of Hughie Ryden’s famous 20th goal of season 1964-65 will be auctioned as part of the ‘Blue Heaven’ event staged by the club’s Former Players Association (FPA) in the Blues Bar on Friday, October 14.
The picture has been signed by Ryden and by the two other Chester players in it, Gary Talbot and Elfed Morris. All three are due to be in attendance on the night.
Another fabulous image from the club’s history will also go under the hammer – a photo of Jimmy Humes scoring against Manchester United in the FA Cup at Old Trafford in 1965, signed by the entire Chester team that day.
If you are unable to attend you can place a bid for either item by stating your maximum bid in a sealed envelope, marking it FPA Auction, and handing it in or posting it to Chas Sumner, Chester FC, Exacta Stadium, Bumpers Lane, Chester, CH1 4LT, to arrive no later than October 14.
The ‘Blue Heaven’ event, proceeds from which will go the FPA, will also bring together big names from the club’s past for a football forum that will give supporters the chance to ask the questions they always wanted the answers to.
Fans’ favourite Eddie Bishop and Billy ‘Whiz’ Dearden will head the panel along with leading FPA figures Grenville Millington and former goalscoring hero Talbot.
Dennis Reeves, Terry Owen, Alan Tarbuck and Bob Delgado are also due to attend.
Tickets for the night, which will be hosted by sports broadcaster and Blues fan Charlie Lambert and will also include a sports quiz and a raffle, are selling fast and are on sale from the Exacta at £10.
Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.
Goalkeeping great Millington, chairman of the FPA, said: “We’re looking forward to a wonderful night which will raise valuable funds for our association.
“We want to be able to help ex-Chester players who might benefit from a bit of assistance in one form or another.”