With the advent of the new season upon us, after eighteen months of disruption and frustration, due to the Covid pandemic, it was great to get back to The Hawthorns for the first home game of the season on Saturday (14th August) against Luton Town.
It was especially heart warming to welcome back nine former players, all legends of the cup campaigns of the 1960’s, who travelled to the ‘Shrine’ and gathered together to pay homage to those players and members of staff that have passed away over the past year, including and perhaps especially their former team mates, John Talbut and Danny Campbell, whose families also travelled to The Hawthorns to join in the tribute.
Association members, Chairman Ray Wilson along with John Kaye, Dennis Clarke, Ken Foggo, Ray Fairfax, Ian Collard, Tony Brown, Doug Fraser and Graham Williams, stood pitchside for a minutes applause, as pictures of John Talbut and Danny Campbell were displayed on the big screen to a near full house and the current players along with the Luton Town team stood in the centre circle, while Mrs Talbut, John’s widow and Josie Campbell, Danny’s Sister, watched from the Regis Suite as the rain swept across the ground, like tears from the heavens.
In the Regis Suite itself, the comraderie, love and respect for each other was obvious and hightened by the fond memories and banter, as the combatants of three League Cup Finals and the 1968 F.A Cup Final, swapped those memories, that will endure, perhaps forever. However, in the end, it was truly all about big John and Danny.
Rest easy gentlemen