UK time is: 22:07:53
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

True Legend Perry Dies

'The 'Original Champagne Perry' was as cool as ice as the finest vintage in the coldest of buckets' remarked Stanley Matthews in his autobiography on recalling the most famous moment in Tangerine history; FA Cup winner and Blackpool mainstay, Bill Perry today died after losing his battle against cancer.

The 77 year old - along with his great friend Cyril Robinson - was the only remaining FA Cup victor from 1953, and is down in Blackpool folk law for that goal in the 4-3 thriller against Bolton Wanderers at Wembley all those years ago.

Manager Simon Grayson today said 'it is a devastating blow for everybody and obviously our condolences go out to his family.'

Only a few weeks ago Perry was at the anniversary of Blackpool Football Club, and Larry went onto say that the 'news has come as a major shock'.

Born in Johannesburg in 1930, Perry moved to the seaside in 1949, and played over 390 games for The Seasiders, scoring 119 goals.

Sir Stanley again showed his respect for Perry in his book as he described a passage of play from the Southampton v Blackpool 5th Round replay in 1953: 'with a typical burst of speed, he panicked the Southampton defence and from his cut back the home defender sliced into his own goal' and he later described Perry as 'magnificent'. It was obvious Perry was very well liked at Bloomfield Road. Remembered by 'Pool players of that era as 'fast and just the right type for us', no-one can doubt his skills and prowess he brought to that famous side, that many fail to see.

Gone, but definitely not forgotten; the flying winger was a true legend and will stay in Seasiders' hearts for a long time to come.

'It's there....Perry'
From us all, Rest In Peace Bill.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Join the Vital Fantasy Football League - its Free!

The journalist

Writer: Editor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 27 2007

Time: 5:59PM

Your Comments

Very Sad news. My Dad had the pleasure of being at the 53 final. RIP Bill Perry
Blackford
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackpool Articles

On this day : 2009 (Friday October 31 2014)

Talking point: who is to blame (Friday October 31 2014)

Team news v Ipswich (Friday October 31 2014)

Oyston glad to get positivity (Friday October 31 2014)

Clark : I can keep blackpool up (Friday October 31 2014)

On this day 2007 (Friday October 31 2014)

Front Page Poll (Friday October 31 2014)

Join Blackpool Vital (Friday October 31 2014)

Meet the Ref: Ipswich Town (Thursday October 30 2014)

Head to Head: Ipswich (Thursday October 30 2014)

Archived Blackpool Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Leeds Utd 14 4 4 6 -4 16
19. Wigan 14 3 6 5 -1 15
20. Fulham 14 4 2 8 -6 14
21. Brighton 14 2 7 5 -3 13
22. Bolton 14 3 2 9 -11 11
23. Birmingham 14 2 5 7 -16 11
24. Blackpool 14 1 3 10 -14 6

Breaking League News

On this day : 2009
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 22:04:00
Talking point: who is to blame
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 21:11:00
Team news v Ipswich
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 21:00:00
Oyston glad to get positivity
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 20:52:00
Clark : I can keep blackpool up
Blackpool : 31/10/2014 20:40:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Can blackpool get their first 3 points?
Suggested By:  
Yes 48%
No 52%