Thirty Years of Hurt celebrated by footballers

1983 football drama but who did what?

1983 football drama but who did what?

Black Country and Staffordshire footballers found former players to help celebrate 30 years of playing – and to see if they are capable of remembering exactly what happened in this incident from 1983.

The Swan Uppers get their name from friends who met for a drink at The Swan pub, Bridgnorth Road, Compton, Wolverhampton, and decided that they should also be taking some kind of exercise.

That gave rise to a group who have played five-a-side – and sometimes 11-a-side for 30 years in Wolverhampton, the Black Country, Shropshire and Staffordshire – and are still playing at Wolverhampton’s Aldersley Leisure Village on Monday evenings.

Jim Barrow of Henwood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, said: “We had players get in touch and come to our 30th birthday party at the Newhampton Inn, Riches Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton. We have found quite a few but others are scattered all over the place from China to Canada and the Czech Republic.

“Few originals turned out but we were delighted as many of today’s players as well as ex-players, their partners and children came along and celebrated with us.

“There was be a buffet and music. Over the years we have had players display an amazing variety of silky and not-so-silky skills.

“Most of the existing batch of players, who live in Wolverhampton or neighbouring areas, enjoyed meeting those who started it all and kept it going through the 30 years.”

And just to give them a bit of a clue here is the key player involved in that 1983 incident – easy really …………..

The mystery involved

The mystery man involved

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