The picture shows Mervyn Morgan, Robert Murphy and Jeff Lawrence during the 'Back 4 Dinner' in 2003
Mervyn Morgan and Lesley Wray are not the only trustees standing down this summer.
Trustee and Life Vice President Robert Murphy has also decided to call it a day. Robert has been associated with City Youth for more years than any of us can remember following his links with St Albans City FC.
There are many stories about Robert, one of his claims to fame was when he was running things (in the mid 1980’s) at St Albans City FC, Ian Dowie (later West Ham and many others) was playing for the Saints at the time, he met with Robert, saying he had been offered £5 per week more by another local club, Robert wished him well and sent him on his way (that was the polite version).
Another story, around the same period, when the famous Oak Tree had pride of place in the middle of the Clarence Park terrace, during a game, the Referee complained to Robert that the supporters at the tree end of the ground kept throwing acorns at him, Roberts reply was ‘but they always throw acorns at this time of the year!’, the Referee was lost for words.
St Albans City Youth owes Robert a huge debt of thanks, he played a pivotal role as part of the team (Robert and Brian Luckhurst were a fantastic double act) who helped raise the club’s contribution towards both the Highfield Park drainage projects and the Nicky B Astro. In 2003 Robert planned the famous ‘Back 4 Dinner’ at the Watford Hilton (the Back 4 was the Arsenal quartet of Dixon, Adams, Winterburn and Bould). The evening was hosted by several household names including John ‘Motty’ Motson and went on to raise a staggering £45,000 for the City Youth Highfield Project (A base for City Youth).
Robert also organised several other events over the intervening years, including two ‘Lee Dixon’ Golf Days raising a further £30,000, the clubs 40th Anniversary event and a Black-Tie dinner at Nicky B raising money for the Astro.
Robert you will always be part of St Albans City Youth, thank you for all you have done for the club over many years.