Richard Oliff: Old recording takes me back in time

Richard was reminded of a long-forgotten interview with former footballer Emlyn Hughes
Richard was reminded of a long-forgotten interview with former footballer Emlyn Hughes

Most of the people I’ve interviewed I can remember for varying reasons.

Yet some, it would appear, had disappeared completely from my memory, mostly through the passage of time.

Occasionally in the past, though it doesn’t seem to happen with me a great deal these days, an event would be planned by a national organisation or initiative that would be in aid of a local charity to help boost the coffers and the awareness of said charity.

Last week, completely out of the blue, I was contacted by a lady who’d once been responsible for fundraising on behalf of the Kettering and district branch of the National Kidney Foundation.

During 1998 she had established a good working relationship with KCBC Radio in Kettering which was also the official station for Corby and Wellingborough.

She’d have all kinds of ideas for raising cash and awareness on behalf of the foundation, like bungee jumps or celebrity charity football matches.

On June 26, 1998, such a football match took place in Kettering between the ‘Poppies’ and the Emlyn Hughes Allstars football team and, as it’s name suggested, it was a team of national celebrities and household names lead by the late Liverpool and England footballing legend, Emlyn Hughes OBE.

I’d always remembered him too as the captain of one of the teams on the TV programme A Question of Sport alongside Bill Beaumont with David Coleman in the chair.

To help promote the charity match a telephone interview had been arranged for me to chat with Emlyn about the Allstars in my capacity as not only a presenter, but also as news editor and station manager.

Through the passage of time I’d completely forgotten about that interview until this lady presented me with a cassette recording.

It’s only the briefest of conversations but it had a way of transporting me to another time and place; another life.

Thanks Jane; you know who you are.