Memories of Radford Olympic 1983-84 Season
My old sparring partner Tex was manager and I were is able assistant, we as a club had progressed from Sunday football and this was our third season in Saturday football. Our home games during this season were played on Melbourne Park in Aspley. Negotiations were complete on our new ground at Selhurst Street, and the ground was under construction with a view to be playing there at the start of 1984-85 season. Our headquarters was the Pheasant pub in Prospect Street in Radford which was managed by Jack & Phyllis Waterall and this is where we derived our nickname the Pheasants.
We were Champions of the East Midlands Regional League the previous season and invited to join the Central Midlands League.
The team we had at that time, was recognized as one of the best sides the club had ever fielded it had in its ranks an up and coming Devon White, Skipper Paul Jepson, Martin Murphy in midfield, my favorite defender hard man Paul Goodwin and my all time favorite player Colin Astill a tenacious box to box player with a four litre engine. That team were all good players that would have won many more honours had we managed to keep them together. We lost several players to higher grade clubs, but we did secure the services of Jim Inger (Goalkeeper), Dave Nicolson (Striker) and Martin Lloyd (Defender) all of which were top draw players, we finished a respectable 4th in the league that season.