Grandfather's football fame makes it Down Under
FORMER St Ivo scholar Charlotte Gribbin booked herself into a hotel in Adelaide, Australia – and came face to face with a photograph of her grandfather. Charlotte, a successful business executive who is married to an Australian and lives in Melbourne, fli
FORMER St Ivo scholar Charlotte Gribbin booked herself into a hotel in Adelaide, Australia - and came face to face with a photograph of her grandfather.
Charlotte, a successful business executive who is married to an Australian and lives in Melbourne, flies to Adelaide every week but had never previously stayed in that hotel, her mother, Shirley Mason, told The Hunts Post.
Shirley, who has a gown hire business above the Frock Exchange in Fenstanton, is the daughter of Harry Bedford, who played football for Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle and Blackpool and was England's international centre-forward in 1926 and 1927.
"Charlotte recognised him instantly," he mother said. "His picture was among a set of Player's cigarette cards, and I have the same set at home here.
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"She said she couldn't believe seeing her granddad. She had to have a stiff drink.
"The concierge at the hotel said they were in the sport-themed bar 20 years ago when he started work there, and Charlotte is trying to find out how they got there."
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Shirley said her father's changes of club were "usually when he was being pursued by women".
"He was the highest paid player of his day - at £3 a week - and the 10th highest goal-scorers of all time. It was the centre-forward's job to score goals, and he used to get a white £20 note stuffed into his boot if he scored the winning goal.
"But he did have a roving eye.