Black Country Bugle
We’ll never forget Keith’s kindness
WHAT a fitting tribute to Keith Pearson (August 3) by Clive Corbett.
My family and myself have fond memories of Keith Pearson from queueing up at Molineux to get tickets for the Sherpa Van Trophy final against Burnley in 1988. At that time the ticket office was in the lower right hand side of the John Ireland stand. The queue snaked out of this office and around the car park. All in a very well mannered line with the usual banter and expectation of football fans. One thing we can do well is queue!
In fact my wife, Wendy, put it very well in our son Tim’s book ‘Wembley Wolves’, about the Sherpa Van Trophy Final of 1988:
‘I remember queuing up for the tickets with my husband Paul on a sunny day in a good natured queue which fortunately was not too long.
‘We arrived early but not very, as I’m not normally an early riser.
‘We thought that we could have two tickets each but until we arrived at the ticket office in the bottom of the John Ireland Stand we weren’t certain. There were all sorts of rumours going through the queue.
‘As I remember it, I thought it would be a good idea to ask where the seats were opposite the Royal Box, in anticipation of a good view of Wolves lifting the trophy. Keith Pearson and the ticket office staff were very helpful and I think impressed by our optimism. Keith showed us a plan of the stadium and suggested which seats to choose. Four tickets were duly bought, for ourselves and our two sons, Tim and Tom. Unlike today there were no booking fees.’
We had never had the opportunity of visiting Wembley before and Keith was very good advising us of the seats available, explaining that if we had these certain ones we would see them collect the trophy when they won! Which turned out to be foresighted.
What a gentleman, such care is rare these days and still remembered by us!