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Fantastic turnout at June's Former Players Meeting

7 June 2018

Fleetwood Town's Former Players Association all met up at Poolfoot Farm for their 11th meeting on Thursday morning.

Over 30 former players shared stories, pictures and memorabilia at Town's training ground, and also got to meet the club's new Head Coach Joey Barton, who received around of a applause, after he signed a three-year deal at the club.

Alan Tuson – who represented the club in the early 1970s – said on the meeting: "It is always great coming back to a wonderful place like Poolfoot Farm and I am always meeting people I haven't seen for many years, it brings back so many memories.

"The team I was part of was full of good lads, but we didn't have too much luck that season. I can remember the old dressing room and the little bath in the corner, it couldn't fit more than three in. Times have changed and it's just unbelievable where this club has gone."

Bobby Cuthbertson – who signed for the Cod Army in 1979 – has attended every meeting since August, and embraces meeting former colleagues from players to coaching staff and said: "Personally I find coming to these meetings fascinating. The first was only 12 of us and now I see people who I haven't seen for 40 years.

"I also have a folder, I made sure it was a red folder, with all the pieces I have picked up from these meetings and what happened throughout the years. There's cut-outs from the 'Green Gazette' and I bring them up for all to see."

The Association's secretary Tony Collier spoke after the meeting and added: "Today has gone very well, and if I am being honest, all of this has exceeded our expectations and the rapid growth has been incredible.

"I believe we are up to 85 members and we won't even be celebrating our first birthday until August.

"It was very nice of Joey Barton to come down and say a few words to the former players, and everybody was pleased to see him. I know he is a busy man at the moment, however it was extremely nice of him to take time out to speak to us."

The next planned gathering will take place at Poolfoot Farm on Thursday 5th July at 10am. Further details may be obtained from the Association's Chairman, Stuart Murdoch, by email stuart.murdoch@fleetwoodtownfc.com or phone 07921 934775.

Fans can support Joey Barton and his team by purchasing the new Onward Card in the club shop at Highbury Stadium, over the phone by calling 01253 775080, or online HERE.

Find out more about the Onward Card, including pricing here.

Should supporters have any questions about the Onward Card, they should call the ticket office on 01253 775080.


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