Nuneaton Town Supporters’ Co-operative successfully secured a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant to present a history of senior football in the town. Entitled ‘From Town to Town’ the project aims to chart the history of the football club from its formation in 1889 to the present day and to provide information and artifacts that can be taken out into the community to educate and enrich the lives of local people.
Whilst the football club will be at the forefront of the project it is hoped that there will be something for everyone as we would also like to present a flavour of what life was like in Nuneaton during this time.
At the end of April the funding finishes, so on Friday, April 8th a lunch-time buffet, attended by the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth and our local MP, Marcus Jones was held and in the evening, a Legend’s Evening was held at the Football Club to celebrate this.
At lunchtime, the special guest was Hughie Morrow, a star of the 1950’s, who was presented with a replica shirt that he would have worn and a framed photograph by the Mayor. Also present were a group of students from Oakwood School who had took part in the project.
In the evening, 94-year-old ex-manager, Dudley Kernick was the special guest. He was also presented with a retro shirt of the time and framed photograph.
Many ex-players, ex-managers and administrators were there, including John Evans, Malcolm Allen, Paul Cutler, Timmy Smithers, Kirk Stephens, Trevor Peake, Geoff Coleman, Jimmy Holmes, Paul Culpin, Richie Norman, Bob Turpie, Gez Murphy, Guy Hadland and Gareth Dean.
Also there were two men who reported on all Boro matches through 70’s for the Nuneaton Tribune, Mort Birch and Mike Malyon. Dave Sharpe, followed up his presentation of the Middlesbrough Re-union in January with another superb evening’s work, linking the videos and interviewing the guests.