Alan Brazil played for several high profile clubs against Stoke City at the old Victoria Ground and he alongside Ray Parlour will be appearing at the Victoria Hall on Tuesday 19th April. If my chat with Alan this morning is anything to go by it will be well worth the admission fee. He told me of his fond memories of scoring at Stoke’s old ground, of someone losing  a “few bob” on a result in a match against Stoke and playing against Steve Bould in his youth and how highly Ray Parlour rated Bould at Arsenal. He looked back less fondly at some of the tackles he felt from the likes of Pejic, Smith and Mike Doyle saying “The first five minutes was survival. Your touch had to be perfect or you got smashed!”

An engaging man looking back over many great times, his love of Ipswich, Bobby Robson and football in general. As he says, he has been very lucky “reinventing himself and still talking football’. Together with Ray Parlour they will revisit great games, dressing room tales and much more. I can’t wait to see this double act in action.


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