Bernard's Bobby dazzler of a trip
- Mon 21 Jun 2010, 4:33PM
- Posted by David Clayton
City's Life President Bernard Halford recently returned to the home town of a City legend - and one of his close personal friends - Bobby ‘Dazzler’ Johnstone.
Bernard was guest speaker at a dinner held at Selkirk Rugby Club which helped raise £6,000 for charity, while stories of the former City star’s life were fondly retold at length.
The trip was something of a pilgrimage for Bernard who was accompanied by his wife Karen and a party of friends that included author John Leigh, who wrote Johnstone's biography three years ago.
The Blues’ former secretary of some 37 years also donated a framed picture he personally paid £400 for as a gift for the officials of the town's football club.
The memorabilia included a cover of Leigh's book ‘The Passing of Time’ and programmes from all of Johnstone's clubs, Hibernian, City, Oldham and Workington Town.
Bernard’s association with the Scottish forward dates back to 1961 when he was secretary of Oldham Athletic and Johnstone first arrived from City. A life-long friendship between the pair was then born.
I sadly never came up to Selkirk when Bobby was alive - but this was my third visit in total.
...Bernard on Bobby...
"Bobby is not only revered at City, but also at Oldham where 42,000 people once went to Boundary Park to see him play against Liverpool. That was the impact he had.
"I've seen many great players over the years, but I'm glad to say I had a genius as a personal friend. It's marvellous to see that he is being remembered in his own town."
Bernard last visited Selkirk in 2003 to officially open the Bobby Johnstone Pavilion at Yarrow Park and during his latest trip, he also visited a recently-finished street, Bobby Johnstone Green, named after the 17-times capped inside forward.
“Selkirk is a special place and has such a wonderful club - I really can't wait to go back there again."