Radio man Merv recalls cup tie winner

THE Green'Un Gold picture we used to tease our new supplement certainly got many of you phoning and contacting us.And it was Mervin Henry, who managed to give us plenty of information about the Suffolk Schools team of 1975.

Mike Bacon

THE Green'Un Gold picture we used to tease our new supplement certainly got many of you phoning and contacting us.

And it was Mervin Henry, who managed to give us plenty of information about the Suffolk Schools team of 1975.

Mervin takes up the story.


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“The game was played on the Portman Road practice pitch and that is where the photo was taken,” he said.

“It was a cup game against Bedfordshire and we won 3-2 after being 2-0 down. I got the winner.

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“Our squad included Terry Westley, who went to Chantry School and of course went on to manage Luton and Derby County for a while.

“On the back row left is Steve Bloomfield (Felixstowe), and Ray Butcher (Tower Ramparts), third right. On the front row is (left to right) Terry Westley (second left), then in order Johnny Keys (St Albans), Chris Sparkes (Westbourne), me and a Beccles lad I don't know the name off.”

Mervin had a football apprenticeship of two years at Colchester United before having spells at Wolves and FC Twente in Holland.

He played locally for Bury, Diss, Felixstowe, Witham, Brantham, Clacton and Stowmarket among others.

Today he has his own radio show on Radio Suffolk, called Ebony Eye, Sunday, 4-6pm, as well as a Reggae programme on ICR FM in Ipswich.

“I'm glad to see the Green'Un still going in a new form,” Mervin added.

“The new web site (www.greenun24.co.uk) sounds very exciting.”

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