Blue Kipper were honoured when Joe Royle accepted our invitation to become our second Blue Kipper ICON following in the footsteps of last seasons's recipient The Golden Vision himself, Alex Young. Joe's ex team mates, and players he managed all turned out along with Joe's Family on what turned out to be a fantastic sell out occasion at The Adelphi Hotel.
Our thanks once again are many, but the night would not have gone ahead without the support of our fantastic sponsors on the evening Chris & Michelle Melia and Les & Jan O'Hare.
Our thanks also to Tommy Wright, Gordon West, Roger Kenyon, John Hurst, Mike Bernard, David Unsworth, Graham Stuart, Joe Parkinson, Matt Jackson and Dave Watson who all took to the floor to tell us of their memories of Big Joe.
Many Thanks to Everton Football Club and Lord Granchester in particular who helped secure the FA Cup on the evening, a Cup won by Joe in his days as a Manager of the Blues. Also thanks to The Poet in Residence at The Football Museum Paul Cookson who had us all in stitches with his unique brand of poetry.
Special thanks also go to Radio Merseyside's Alan Jackson, Comic John Martin, Barclays Bank and Eddie Bannon in particular who all helped to make the evening truly memorable.
Email Bluekipper at firstname.lastname@example.org