- I can’t be prouder of everything my dad gave him and football
- He set a great example for Tommy, Mother and himself on and off the pitch
- I know how proud he would be of me and Tommy – we both look like him!
- His absence makes you step up for yourself and your family
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When Papa used to smile, it meant that he was satisfied. When he was out with friends and family, you know he was most relaxed and whatever was on his mind on or off the pitch didn’t bother him.
If it wasn’t a problem for him, it meant no problem for us and we can enjoy the time he had with us, especially when he was smiling and laughing.
I was always proud of dad for everything he did and he used to tell me: ‘Do your best in everything and do anything’. He set a great example for Tommy, Mum and himself on and off the pitch.
What Dad has achieved as a footballer for the club and country throughout his career is something I look forward to every day and every time I watch football. Playing with and against top players makes us very proud and honored as a family.
Once he knew he had to retire, his passion was always to give back. He wanted to help progress teams and players by using his experience while playing and what he learned from the high-profile managers he played for.
I couldn’t be more proud of my dad for football, management and everything he gave to our family
Dad sets a great example for Tommy (left), Mum (center) and himself (right) on and off the pitch
He always had that impressive character and personality, so management was imperative after his playing career.
As dad was so busy on and off the pitch and managing the office, life was tough for him to spend time with us, which he always wanted.
Dad never missed the opportunity to take me to foot training and matches at Wrexham FC and he always did the same with Tommy and his boxing and football.
I cannot be proud of him as a footballer, manager and a father because he gave football, management and everything to us.
Life is always going to be difficult without a father. It has been difficult that the one who gave us everything is not there. We depended on him for everything and he knew it. Grandparents and Grandpa also took great care of him.
He was the person we looked up to and told us everything was going to be okay. Not having that sense of security then and that loving family character, it has made a huge impact on all of us over the past 10 years.
I can’t be prouder of him as a footballer, manager and a father (pictured left with David Batty after winning the old Football League Division One trophy in 1992)
There are times when I just want to look at the phone and see Dad, then I’ll think to myself…. ‘Ah, I’m busy right now, I’ll text him’.
Or if I’m playing a game in the US where I’m based now, I can send him the link, he can see it and we’ll talk about how I played or what I did well or what I do Could have done better.
Even today I am on the path of following in the footsteps of my father. I am now 24 years old and do not have a single professional appearance. If he was here for me, he would have done anything in his power to give me that opportunity, knowing that I was going to try my 100 percent for it.
With her not here, you have to rise up and move on, for yourself and your family. Every day I think about Dad, which I think is very important but it’s not so much about his death and the way he left us.
I think about it but it’s more about my good times with him. Ours to go and watch football one day, dressing smart, then a game with Wrexham FC the next day
He always had that impressive character and personality as both a player and then a manager
I always think about when he played or when he was successful and how much he talked about the players he played with and managed.
I know how proud he would be of me and Tommy, how mature we have become and how we both look like him and have similar qualities.
Yes, I think about him every day but that’s why we work hard every day. Be it our school work, work in general, our efforts on the pitch and in the gym.
A big thing for me, what he wants the most, is respect and to show the people we meet. Always being polite and having a smile on your face when you are talking to someone is the thing that they will be most proud of. It is the little things that help us move forward and move forward in life.
Mother is our rock. As much as she might think she is no more, she has done a lot for me and my brother. Mother was so strong for us, she became a role model.
She makes me think: ‘Okay, look how strong Mama is with this’. Her efforts to cope and come forward are the reason why Tommy and I are moving out of the United States with bachelor’s degrees.
I know how proud he would be of us, how we’ve matured and how we both look like him
We are so proud to be able to support Me and Tommy with our school and our sport, and for giving us the opportunity to move forward after Dad’s passing.
It’s always nice to hear that someone is a great person, be it your father, your friend, your brother or your mother.
I feel like this world is missing out on good people and being a great person is so important to go through everyday life and treat other people with respect no matter what they do. It’s not surprising to hear people say that Dad was a great man because he had great values.
Whatever I would do, tell me what was wrong and make sure I did it right next time.