17 June 2019
...it is fantastic to reconnect once again after 35 years since leaving the Polytechnic in 1985/85.
"Our Polytechnic of Wales Football Club Reunion #3 was held last weekend in Liverpool in honour of team mate Steve Woods who sadly passed away in March 2018.
14 former playing members attended in total and whilst our reunion was organised and hotels/trains booked long before Liverpool reached the Champions League final we were lucky enough to absorb the fantastic atmosphere in the city and especially as they won!
We all had a very enjoyable time and it is fantastic to reconnect once again after 35 years since leaving the Polytechnic in 1985/85. We continue to keep in touch via our Whattsap group (yes we may be in our 50’s but we can use social media ha!) and have formed an everlasting bond over the past 4 years since our first reunion in London in 2015.
Attendees at this year’s reunion were Bob Baxter, Jon Chaplin, Andy Hale, Mark Jones, Stuart Mitchell, Martin Phillips, Mike Staniland, Pat Stevens, Peter Scott, John Simmonds, Adrian Smith, Ceri Small, Graeme Sibley and Mark Westerman. We are in contact with 31 former players in total, many of which have attended our 3 reunions to date.
We look forward to doing it all again in 2021 (God willing), venue to be decided but if there are any former players reading this that were in the Polytechnic of Wales Football Club teams between 1980 and 1985 then please get in touch with Martin Phillips via Alumni as we would love you to join up with us at the next reunion."
Martin was awarded the USW Alumni Award for Excellence in Service in 2017 for his efforts in reconnecting the 1981-1984 Polytechnic Football group.
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