By Deal Town

Bob Bolder put on a superbly entertaining show in the clubhouse on Friday night.

The audience heard Bob, who played for Deal Reserves as a youngster, relive some fascinating memories from his long professional goalkeeping career which took in spells with Sheffield Wednesday, Liverpool, Sunderland and Charlton Athletic.

And, although he never actually made a competitive appearance during his two years at Anfield as back-up to Bruce Grobbelaar, the audience were predictably very keen for him to share his memories of what it was like just to be in the same dressing room with the likes of Liverpool legends such as Kenny Dalglish, Ian Rush and Alan Hansen.

Those memories included being a member of the Reds’ squad who defeated Roma in the 1984 European Cup final in Rome and Bob also provided video footage from that game, and also from several other matches, along with lots of photos and cuttings from throughout his career during a fascinating 90-minute presentation.

And there were also plenty of laughs while he was showing old photos of local teams such as Walmer Youth Club and Walmer Rovers, with a number of their players among Friday’s audience but with slightly different hairstyles nowadays!

Hoops chairman Dave Chmura said afterwards “My thanks go to Bob and to everyone else who helped to put on what was a great night.

“Overall £500 was raised for the prostate cancer charity and we also raised £220 and a chauffeur driven limo for young cancer sufferer Freddie Dadd to round off what was a superb evening in every sense.”

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