Chester man's 100th birthday unites Reds and Blues


Jim Green

A FOOTBALLER who crossed the great divide by playing for Chester and Wrexham has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Left winger Eric Stubbs, who caught the eye with his pace and trickery, also played for Nottingham Forest and Leicester City.

Representatives from Chester and Wrexham joined Eric’s family and friends to celebrate his 100th birthday at a care home in his native Chester.

Eric was presented with his own Wrexham home shirt by Reds’ secretary Geraint Parry and Nottingham Forest also sent him a special shirt.

Former Chester players John Evans, Gary Talbot and Alan Tarbuck joined the party by giving Eric a scarf and book on the club’s history.

Eric also received a birthday card from the Queen, a signed football from Leicester City and a football pitch birthday cake complete with trophy.

His successful playing career was disrupted by the Second World War and Eric later worked as a farmer before joining Shell.

He has previously highlighted the huge differences between modern day football and the game in his day.

He said: “Beginning with players’ salaries, I received £8 a match and that allowed me to buy my first house in 1950 for £375 in Park Drive, Hoole.”

Eric Stubbs' career

Born in Chester, Eric played for Winsford and Nantwich before joining Bolton in January, 1934.

He signed for Wrexham in September that year and made his debut in a 3-0 win over New Brighton at The Racecourse.

Eric scored 11 goals in his 33 appearances for the club and was snapped up by Nottingham Forest before moving to Leicester City.

He was part of the team which won the Second Division championship and gained promotion to the top flight.

Eric made 74 league appearances for the Filbert Street club before war broke out in 1939.

He appeared as a guest player for his home-town club in the 1939-40 season and also played for Wrexham later that season.

Once the war had finished, Eric signed for Chester before retiring from the game. He now lives at the Wealstone care home in Upton.

See full story in the Chester Leader

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