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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26805 on: July 24, 2021, 08:50:45 PM »
I used to work in Sheldon and drank in The Three Horse Shoes at lunchtime. Small Heath used to train just up the road on Damson Lane and quite regularly a few of their players would drop by after training, Harford being one of them along with Tony Coton, Robert Hopkins, Howard Gayle and Mick Halsall. They were an infamous group around Birmingham around the time we were winning the League and European Cup.

I used to drink in Rosie's bar in Solihull in the early to mid nineties and often saw Robert Hopkins propping up the bar and drinking in there alone. He always seemed to be quite drunk but he would always nod and acknowledge you if you acknowledged him and I never saw him cause any trouble. He just came across as a bit of a loner. Although I also saw him in the Shelley Farm once too with a woman and he drove off in an Escort XRi.

I don't have a farm Damo.

There is one named after you around my neck of the woods, you might want to see if you have any claim on it   ;)

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26806 on: July 24, 2021, 09:24:12 PM »
I drove through there today. Shelley Farm, that is.
 
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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26807 on: July 24, 2021, 09:41:49 PM »
Is that in the Solihull area lads? 

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26808 on: July 24, 2021, 10:13:26 PM »
Is that in the Solihull area lads?

Think itís Monkspath, mate, so I suppose Solihull area would be right

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26809 on: July 24, 2021, 10:18:48 PM »
Thanks Nigel.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26810 on: July 24, 2021, 10:20:57 PM »
Can't believe nobody has suggested renaming the club Bellingham City yet. Have they no respect for the titanic 41 games he played for them during their glorious twentieth in the second tier season?

Better still they could move to Bellingham. There's a suitable venue nearby.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26811 on: July 24, 2021, 10:43:57 PM »
I used to work in Sheldon and drank in The Three Horse Shoes at lunchtime. Small Heath used to train just up the road on Damson Lane and quite regularly a few of their players would drop by after training, Harford being one of them along with Tony Coton, Robert Hopkins, Howard Gayle and Mick Halsall. They were an infamous group around Birmingham around the time we were winning the League and European Cup.

I used to drink in Rosie's bar in Solihull in the early to mid nineties and often saw Robert Hopkins propping up the bar and drinking in there alone. He always seemed to be quite drunk but he would always nod and acknowledge you if you acknowledged him and I never saw him cause any trouble. He just came across as a bit of a loner. Although I also saw him in the Shelley Farm once too with a woman and he drove off in an Escort XRi.

Wasn't it the Shelley Barn? Pretty sure Shelley Farm was an adjacent playing fields where my brother scored with his wrong foot from out on the touchline on the half way line.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26812 on: July 25, 2021, 10:13:58 AM »
I once played for a Sunday league side who were supposedly sponsored by the Shelley Barn. I never figured out what that sponsorship entailed as they didn't appear to provide any money for kit or fees and their was no name on the shirt. The only thing that they seemed to want was a change of the team name to 'Barncelona' (eugh!) but that didn't happen either. It was all a bit weird.

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Re: Small Heath: The gift that keeps on giving
« Reply #26813 on: July 25, 2021, 11:01:53 PM »
I used to work in Sheldon and drank in The Three Horse Shoes at lunchtime. Small Heath used to train just up the road on Damson Lane and quite regularly a few of their players would drop by after training, Harford being one of them along with Tony Coton, Robert Hopkins, Howard Gayle and Mick Halsall. They were an infamous group around Birmingham around the time we were winning the League and European Cup.

I used to drink in Rosie's bar in Solihull in the early to mid nineties and often saw Robert Hopkins propping up the bar and drinking in there alone. He always seemed to be quite drunk but he would always nod and acknowledge you if you acknowledged him and I never saw him cause any trouble. He just came across as a bit of a loner. Although I also saw him in the Shelley Farm once too with a woman and he drove off in an Escort XRi.

Wasn't it the Shelley Barn? Pretty sure Shelley Farm was an adjacent playing fields where my brother scored with his wrong foot from out on the touchline on the half way line.

The Shelley Farm was the pub and next to it was the Shelley Barn which was the restaurant. Or it may have been the other way around.

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