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Lord Football

Blues on Tour
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Sunny Southend on Sea
Today Southend have Alf Smith as guest of honour. I know Alf because he is the grandfather of my best mate. He is also one of the few people on the planet who when he speaks, I shut up.

His story is incredible and he tells it an understated way. He spent his 21st birthday on a beach in Northern France. Dunkirk to be exact. Its only when you hear it first hand do you realise the horror of it. Just waiting on the beach for a boat or a bullet. He lost many friends.

It wasn't the only day he spent on a French beach. He went back several years later on D Day. Again, he lost many friends as he stormed the beach.

Once in France he had various other "scrapes with Jerry" and has had more near death experiences than anyone else I know.

He still relays his story at various speaking events. He is the very last of those who survived both Dunkirk and D Day. He is 97 now.

He may just look like an man walking around a stadium today, but he isn't....... and the above is why he is their very special guest.
 
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