Thanks to Jim from Washington DC for sharing this photo of Bobby with Muhammad Ali back in 1977. Jim runs a blog about how he grew up watching the Washington Diplomats back in the 1970s – which you can find here. Bobby’s family had mentioned that Bobby had met Ali, but until now I’d never seen a photo of the two of them together.
Shame about the result at Wembley yesterday – here’s hoping Saints can get back there again very soon. That said, the EFL Cup Final between Saints and Manchester United was a real shot in the arm for the book. In the week leading up to it the book was mentioned in a Giles Smith column in The Times. Very heartening that Oliver Kay, the Chief Football Correspondent at The Times took to Twitter to praise the book.
The Independent also ran a feature. I was also asked to write a column for the Daily Echo. While TalkSport referenced it on Twitter as a source of research in the build up to kick-off.
Thanks to Southampton FC historian Dave Juson for the book review. Very happy for the book to be described this way…. ‘No matter how knowledgeable you are, or think you are, about the Saints, you will learn from this book……arguably the best book on an old Saint published to date.’ The full review is on Dave’s site Deftly Hallowed www.deftlyhallowed.co.uk/reviewbobbystokes.html
My musical talent has finally been recognised! I make a cameo appearance alongside Matt Le Tissier, Lawrie McMenemy, Franny Benali in the music video for Southampton in Europa by The Red Stripez.
Thanks to Jim Reed for posting this lovely little feature on Bobby’s time at the Washington Diplomats.
Bumped into Saints legends Jim Steele and Hughie Fisher at West-End Brewery. I interrupted their lunch time reading – they have impeccable taste in books.
Had a great surprise this week when Bobby’s nephew Spencer Hawkins dropped over with the Golden Boot Bobby was presented for scoring Southampton FA Cup Final winning goal in 1976.