This morning Steve Homewood passed on the sad news that Tony Allen has passed away.
I’ve searched all of my stuff and found this team photo with Tony in –
Standing: Lunny, Tony ‘champagne’ Allen, Mick Sidgewick, Doggy, Jimmy, Keith Brown, Brian Howard, Kev,
Seated: Kipper, Pete Palethorpe, John Ratcliffe, Phil, Alan Johnson, Butch, me
On ground: Micky, Dunky
The last time I saw Tony was at an Askean pre-match lunch almost exactly 3 years ago (19th January 2014)
I also have this e-mail he sent in reply to a post on the blog –
Sent: 05 November 2013 14:14
To: David Shute; ‘Ian Campbell’
Subject: Re:Tony Allen’s Stag Night
Hi Guys, thanks for forwarding the memories of my Stag Night. Only 43 and a bit years ago. I must say most of it I cannot recall. Not surprising really.
Firstly, I do not remember “Frankie Briggs”. What connection did he have to the club? Secondly, my stag night was not held on a Friday but on a Thursday night. If it had been Friday night I would never have made the Wedding which I did: on the Saturday.
I cannot say that I remember the stump games, not surprising.
Also I did not need any hospital treatment. Well, not from that night. I did whack my head and needed some make-up to camouflage my eye brow on the day.
So, I am wondering if the memory of my stag night is confused with some other stag do. I’m sure I cannot remember. Best of luck with your blog Dave. I will try to recall some incidents to help you out.
Kind regards, Tony Allen.
Another sad day – I will post details of the funeral when I have them from Steve.