Remember Roy fondly
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