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Wednesday, July 2, 2014
They have thousands of Norwich City appearances behind them, have helped play their part in hundreds of Canary victories and their names will be recognised instantly by every city supporter.
And yesterday five true Canaries legends gathered at a pub on the outskirts of the city to catch up, share stories and talk about the game they still love so much.
Kevin Keelan, goalkeeper and record appearance maker, Terry Allcock, second all-time top goalscorer, Dave Stringer, former centre-back and manager, Ken Brown, former manager and Bill Punton, ex-star winger, got together for lunch at The Brick Kilns, in Norwich Road, Little Plumstead.
And after catching up they allowed us in on the conversation as they put the football world to rights and talked about Norwich City, the World Cup and the differences between the football they played and now.
The catch up had been arranged because Mr Keelan, who now lives in the USA, is back in Norfolk for a few days.
And the main purpose was for the group to pay a visit to fellow Norwich stalwart and friend Duncan Forbes, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Mr Forbes’ wife Janette told last year of her devastation after having to put her husband in a Norwich care home because she could no longer care for him at their Thorpe St Andrew home.
Following the visit, Mr Keelan said: “I was absolutely shocked. I had been warned by his wife, but really I’ve never seen anyone in that state before. Duncan was always a ball of fire and to see him reduced to the point he is today is very disturbing.
“Duncan was a great, great fella and it’s so sad.”
Mr Stringer added: “We used to go out for a meal every month and I’ve seen him go down hill gradually over the period of time until now.
“I knew it would be quite a shock for Kevin so I tried to pre-warn him, but I don’t think anyone could really do that simply because of their image of Duncan as he was as a younger and fit man who used to frighten the lives out of forwards who played against him. It’s a terrible disease and a terrible thing should it happen to anybody.”
Last season Norwich City held a Duncan’s Day in honour of the former centre back, with thousands of pounds raised for charity.
Former manager Ken Brown, who attended the day, paid tribute to city fans for their support, adding: “I wasn’t surprised. When John Bond and I came to Norwich many years ago, Dunc on the supporter front was absolutely everything.
“He may have been limited on ability, but for enthusiasm and fitness he was second to none. His old saying used to be ‘don’t ever let yourself down’. A tremendous fella and I’m sorry to see him as he is now.”
In a half hour discussion the five gave their opinions on Norwich City’s relegation, predictions for next year and the World Cup .
Come back tomorrow to listen to part two of the discussions.