This weekend saw Stoke City’s season kick-off with a disappointing defeat by Liverpool. But, just like in the 70s, the Potters and Republic of Ireland legend Terry Conroy was able to provide moments of maverick magic to put a smile on fans’ faces.
On Saturday Terry was the star of the show at the Stoke City Club Shop, where he signed copies of his newly published autobiography, You Don’t Remember Me, Do You? – one half of a crowd-pleasing double-act which also included Neil Baldwin, subject of the award-winning BBC television drama, Marvellous.
Then at half-time on Sunday, the Britannia Stadium’s regular matchday host took centre stage to recall more tales of the 70s, and club’s greatest ever side.
The book was shown on the big screens before the match and during his interview, ensuring Potters fans know where to go for more anecdotes from the man so many remember as an impish ginger winger with almost translucent legs and a cheeky smile.
It was the climax of a big week for Terry which saw the book serialised for three days in the Stoke Sentinel.
You Don’t Remember Me, Do You? sees the irrepressible TC lift the lid on the Potters’ side of the 60s and 70s. He tells how Stoke almost won the league, and proved worthy opponents of Europe’s finest – and how the fans’ favourite ginger winger scored one and created the other goal in Stoke’s first major trophy win at Wembley.
In 1975, the Potters topped the First Division at Easter after his brace defeated Liverpool, but lost out after a series of devastating injuries meant they came up short by just four points.
The brand of football played under Tony Waddington owed much to Conroy’s pace, trickery and relationship with other stars such as Alan Hudson, Jimmy Greenhoff, Denis Smith, Gordon Banks and John Ritchie.
Terry’s tales take in Best, Hurst, Jennings and Emlyn Hughes – not to mention Pele, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and everyone’s favourite Stoke fan Neil ‘Nello’ Baldwin.
Terry also talks about his international career with the Republic of Ireland, both as a player, when he experienced the totally amateur set-up of the FA of Ireland at first hand, then as assistant to Eoin Hand in the early 1980s, when he helped lay the groundwork for the successful Charlton era.
Terry discusses his relationship with Stoke’s fans, which continues through many media and public appearances – plus his relationship with modern-day Stoke managers, plus club owner Peter Coates.
Click here for more information, or to read a free sample from You Don't Remember Me, Do You? – The Autobiography of Terry Conroy.