Re­mem­ber Roy fondly

Manchester Evening News - - LETTERS, COMMENTS AND EMAILS -

MAY I just take a minute to re­mind City fans and foot­ball fans in gen­eral of a great cen­tre-half, yes, num­ber 5 Roy Cheetham who passed away re­cently – a true gen­tle­man.

I used to watch City from the age of 11 to 15 and I played for an open aged team at 15.

Harry Good­win, City scout, came to watch me and one week later I played against Black­burn B team and scored in a one-all draw.

Then, af­ter sev­eral games in the A and B teams, I played my first game in the re­serves against Leeds United at Maine Road, three o’clock kick off.

In that team of ours was Roy Cheetham – af­ter playing over 120 games in the first team he was do­ing his best to teach a young player like my­self a thing or two. Yes we drew again, one-all, but I did not score, nor did Roy.

In re­cent years, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions at Manch­ester United char­ity din­ners he sat on a City ta­ble with my mates Fred Eyre, S Fleet, S Horne, T Booth, G Clay, G Par­doe and P Bur­rows, all ex-play­ers and I sat with my brother David Latham, ex United player and friends.

That is enough of my brother, who was a bet­ter player than me any­way!

So, Roy, you were a credit to your pro­fes­sion and ev­ery­one who knew you.

Alan Latham, Den­ton

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