Robin 'Chat' Chatterjee, Club Secretary

Club Secretary Robin Chatterjee aka Chat collapsed and died at the end of a holiday in Tenerife on Monday evening 10th October, we are all shocked by the news.

Chat had been Secretary for many years, and will be sorely missed by everyone in the DDCWWFCSC. Our thoughts are with Julia, Ruth, Roy and Mark plus Chat's Mum at this very sad time. Leave your tribute.

Chat Tributes
...written by Chris Cox, posted in News, with 68 Comments.

Please open this page fully and leave your messages below, they are being read by Chat’s family. We’d like not just messages of condolence but also anecdotes, stories and happy memories. Long or short all are welcome, and you can re-visit and add more at any time.

If you are going to the England v Spain game or are in London anyway on Saturday please see separate news page regarding Chat.

This page will remain open to give you opportunity to look back over or contribute further memories.

Thanks  Coxy

Chris Cox is co founder and chairman of the DDCWWFCSC.
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68 Responses to “Chat Tributes”

  1. dek Says:

    October 12th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    devestated gonna miss you brother rest in peace

  2. Phil Harris Says:

    October 12th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    Shocked & Saddened. Chat & I didn’t know each other very well – but we always greeted each other with a knowing smile – Home or Away. I shall miss that smile.

  3. Lee Jennings Says:

    October 12th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Awful news to hear.

    Sat behind me in the North Bank for years. Always had a good chat about England away games etc. A great guy who loved his football.

    My thoughts go out to his family

    RIP Chat

  4. Steve Chance Says:

    October 12th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I only neew Chat for a few years, we met through a mutual Friend at an England game.
    I would like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the family and say that he was a giant amongst men.
    RIP Chat gone but never forgotten.

  5. chris & sue whittaker Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Chat was a good friend to us and will be never forgotten
    R.I.P

  6. Russell Kendrick Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Stunned by that news.

    Our thoughts go out to the family.

    Russ and Kate.

  7. Steve Saul Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    That is terribly sad news. Robin was a great guy.

    Steve

  8. Paul Robinson Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I am very sad to hear that.

    I applied for a job at his fettling plant as a works manager once, and he never even gave me an interview, this goes to show what a good judge of character he was !!

    Whenever you spoke to Chat he always came over as a nice friendly bloke who gave people the time of day.

    A very sad loss, and we will miss him.

    Robbo

  9. Pete Davies & Caroline Tuck Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    That is really, really sad and unbelievable news about Chat.
    Our thoughts are with his family and many friends.
    Pete D, Caroline T and Charlie.

  10. Terry Turner Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    Just heard the sad news of Robin Chatergee passing away.
    What a wonderful guy he was.
    I fondly remember him as my lecturer of my course in the late 80′s. He tried to get me to join DDCWWFCSC all those years ago. Pity I did not join then!

    Please let me know the funeral details.

    God bless you Robin.

    Regards

    Terry

  11. Brian & Simone Restall Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    So sad news about Chat ; what a shock ; please add our sincere condolences to his family, particularly his son, who when we had a long talk to him at Snelly’s BBQ in the summer both thought that he was a lovely young man, and a credit to his Mum & Dad. Brian & Simone.

  12. John Godson Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    This is very very sad news. Robin was a really nice guy.

    John

  13. Chris Freer Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    Devastated to hear about Chat.
    Hoping to get to the funeral. If so see you there

    Posted a bit on my blog…..

    Robin ‘Chat’ Chatterjee
    October 12, 2011
    I’ve met a few good guys during my years of football travelling, and none more so than ‘Chat’ Chatterjee of Wolverhampton.

    I got to know him when I was working in that town in the late 1980s and was trying to find out the location of the ground where Wolves Youth Team played. They were hosting Forest Youth, and in the company of my old pal Nick, I was going to see that game in the morning and move onto Forest at Birmingham in the FA Cup the same afternoon. Not only did Chat supply directions, he invited me to a Wolves home game the previous night, and offered to come with us to St Andrews for the cup game, in his car – with West Midlands plates – so as to thwart the neanderthals looking for ‘away’ vehicles to trash (this was pre-Hillsborough so idiots were rife.)

    We struck up a great friendship, going to each other’s weddings, and he came to the odd Forest game when Wolves commitments would allow. We travelled to numerous Wolves games in the late 80s and early 90s, and went to Scotland together for the last Scotland-England Home International at Hampden Park, when Steve Bull scored. I last saw him at the Emirates in February this year, when I took my son to see Wolves play Arsenal.

    Chat collapsed and died at Tenerife airport on Sunday night while waiting for a flight home following a short holiday with some Wolves chums.

    Like I said, one of the good guys…..

  14. Matty Reeve Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I’m sorry to here this terrible news, my thoughts go out to all his family and close friends. Life is so short and we have to make the most of it while we can. Rest in peace chat you will be sadly missed. Matty .

  15. James Hudson Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    That’s really awful news. He was a lovely man.

  16. John Richards Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    What terrible news. It’s hard to believe, especially with the circumstances – Robin was ok one second then dead the next.

    And how awful for Grubby and Harrison to be there and to have to deal with it all. Very sad indeed.

    Please accept mine and Pam’s condolences, and please convey them to all other members of DDCWWFCSC.

    Regards
    John

  17. Peter Price Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I am deeply shocked and saddened by the news. Whilst I did not know Robin well I was chatting to him at some length before Matt’s dinner. Also I know that he is one of your close friends and a long time member of our club and has a family.
    Please pass on my condolences.

    Peter

  18. Coxy Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    When it comes to Chat where do you start? A great friend, a true gent, patient and kind. A bit of a rogue too but a lovable one! Often with a twinkle in his eye, a man who set out to enjoy life and did big style.

    He epitimised the ethos of the DDCWWFCSC, watching Wolves drinking real ale, and often eating hot curry! He quietly got on with what ever I asked him to do for the club without fuss or argument, he recruited many of you members for us too, over the years.

    Without question he will be missed, in some way by almost everyone of us. He is a loss to the DDCWWFCSC, he is a loss to Wolves, he is a loss to England, he is a loss to the world of football. And a very big loss to his many friends all over the world.

    His son Roy told me he has lost his best friend, I know many of us will know just how he feels.

  19. Martin Holmes Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Very sad. I’m sure you will send condolences’ from all.

    Martin

  20. Phil Murphy Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Very sad news. Robin was a true Wolf and knew his football. He will be sadly missed. Our condolences to his family and especially his son, Roy, who will be devastated. They were more like best friends than father and son and went everywhere together. RIP Robin

  21. peter abbott london wolves Says:

    October 13th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Sorry to hear very sad news of Chat; known for many years; last saw at MM testimonial dinner; true Wolves, England and football fan; so very proud of Roy; will be missed. Peter and Jenny

  22. Andy Wright Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:49 am

    The club looses a statesman and a family looses dad , very sad news.

  23. ROB IKIN Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 1:09 am

    God bless you Rob.
    Many happy memories.
    A very special man.

    RIP.

  24. Harrison & Sam Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 2:18 am

    I Have known Chat for such a long time, Round table, Wolves , England matches, socially and have had some wonderful times over the years,almost too many to recall ! At home, in England and abroad in Amsterdam, Berlin,Seville, Lisbon, Paris, Munich to name a few ! Chat, had a really great time on his holiday, so relaxed and was very happy and we ate some great fish!
    Chat was a special guy and in so many ways unique !
    So many of us owe him so much for his friendship.
    We will miss him !
    Harrison & Sam

  25. Sue Whittaker Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 8:35 am

    So many memories of a truly wonderful friend who leaves a gaping hole in the hearts of so many people. I remember the time he came to stay with Chris and me in London before my mum and dad moved to Cyprus and appeared on the landing in his red slik pyjamas…not sure my mum ever recovered!! Another time when Chris and me travelled for an away game to Burnley and he refused to let me play my Will Young tape in his car despite insisting his taste in music was eclectic!!
    I know how much Chris and me will miss him and our hearts go out especially to Roy, but to Julia, Ruth, Mark and Chat’s mum as well.
    A very special gentleman whoose presence will always be amongst us.
    R.I.P Chat and thanks for everything.

  26. Andy Worrall Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Met Robin as a customer, too many years ago, we became friends and he introduced me to both Daventry Wolves and Round Table. As a result I have many great friends from both. I truly have so much to thank him for.

    My Condolences to all his family, he will be sadly missed.

    And a Special thought for Harrison,Grubby and Colin, at least Robin passed away surrounded by good friends.

    RIP Mate.

  27. Martin Grainger Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    A Good guy, who’s commitment to the cause was unquestionable.

    Didn’t know him well, but saddened to lose such a dedicated member of the club.

    My thoughts go out to his family…. such a sad loss

  28. Dave Bate Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    This is so, so sad. Condolences to all the family. Robin was a wonderful man, the last time I saw him was at the bbq burning the sausages, I can’t believe he will not be burning the sausages with us again.
    He tutored my daughter Mel, (also a member), towards her IPD qualification, thank you for this.
    I remember taking him to Grimsby for an away match in the cold of winter many years ago. He asked me how much towards the petrol costs. I’m still waiting and I so wish that he could still pay me.
    He was the bench mark for a football dad. He ferried Roy all around the country for their mutual quest. Father and son as well as two good friends.
    Your dedication will live with you forever.

    RIP Chat

  29. TONY DIXON Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Shocked and deeply saddened by the news of Chats passing really lovely man who new his football always had time to talk to anyone.His devotion and passion to his son Roy and his football was a joy to see in a parent. My thoughts go out to Roy and the rest of his family also to Grubby Harrison & Colin who were with Chat at the time of his death he couln`t have wished for better friends to be with at his untimely departure from us all. God Bless RIP. You are now amongst the truly greats in the football world.

  30. Dave Benton Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    I went to school with Robin and I last saw him when Wolves played QPR a few weeks back. I mentioned that I’d seen him on TV at the England game in Bulgaria. Went to many matches with him over the years, especially in the late 70s. Very sad news. My thoughts to all his family.

    Dave Benton

  31. Annie Rosier (now Comer) Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    I met Robin on my 15th birthday way back in 1974 when we were both still at school (although not the same one!). Two weeks later he was off to see Wolves play at Wembley in the League Cup Final and I soon realised that I would have to start being a full-time Wolves supporter to keep up with him. Every other week we stood in the North Bank (yes, stood, it was that long ago!) and on the weeks in between our “gang of six”, me, Chat, Dave Benton, Chris Bateman, Robin Birch and Malcolm Hale travelled to all corners of England (and, occasionally, Wales) on the Wolves supporters coaches, drinking from party seven cans and listening to rubbish music on cassette tapes. Happy days! It doesn’t seem quite real that someone who meant so much to me has now gone. We lost touch over the years, but I’m so glad that Robin had a good life with his family and many friends. Beryl, if you remember me, my heartfelt condolences go out to you.

  32. Pete Littleford Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    1986.
    My wedding day. I have just taken my vows and am walking down the aisle with my bride . All the congregation are smiling and waving as we pass them. Except one. Chat was on the end of a row checking his pools coupon. Never one to betray his priorities.Absolute top bloke.Love to him and to all his family . Pete

  33. John & Von (Save) Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Stunned when heard news…..

    Known Rob for 25 years and apart from the many happy and often humerous trips watching Wolves & England, as many may know he was a damned good cook and could have qualified for Masterchef….many happy memories of Xmas Eves at Rob & Julia’s going home too stuffed to eat the next day !

    Thoughts at this time are with his Mom, Julia, Roy, Ruth and Mark

  34. Andreas Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    I’ve met Chat at a pre-season friendly against Liverpool at home in 2001 through my father who was friend with him for 33 years. Chat was an amazing person and i always thought he was a friend of mine even if he was about 35 years older than me. His kindness and his passionate support for the wolves will never be forgotten!
    RIP Chat

    Andreas, Paris’s 16 year old son from Cyprus

  35. Simon & Trish Says:

    October 14th, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Now the initial shock’s become just slightly less intense, thoughts inevitably have to turn to the happy stuff….And boy, was there loads of that.

    A bit random, but…
    Wolverhampton Beer Fest in the Civic, c1979 – Chat on Entrance Duties…
    Sun lunch Park Tavern pints while Rob was back from Uni…
    Trips on dodgy transport to see England in Paris…
    And to Newcastle, Eng v Albania – night game – I was serving a ban; Chat drove. That is NEWCASTLE – NIGHT match…
    The sheer pride on his face when describing Roy’s latest Footie Milestone – of which there have been, & will be, many. There’s still, I think, a supersize England team pic in the entrance lobby to the Banqueting Room at the Walkers’ Crisp Bowl, Leicester, with Roy resplendent in his mascot regalia (well, England strip, then).
    Meeting Ron & the Bluenoses…
    We all dislike SOME kind of foodstuff. I never DID find out which was the old pal’s Achilles’ Heel..
    The food supplies for the DDC BBQ. A Chat exclusive. The 5000 were always well fed…
    Beer. Lots of beer down the ages. But only Good Beer. Only Good Beer would ever do.
    And drinking cider! Crones Norfolk, in the Odd One Out in Colchester, when the beer fell below the required standard…
    When the going got tough in the seemingly inevitable Personal Dept.. Guess who always stood four square in YOUR corner…
    The rounds of Champagne in the Cayo Arms in Cardiff after the Play-Off Final in ’03…
    Optimism. Sometimes misplaced, occasionally wildly so. Always there. Always welcome. Chat’s glass was always half-full.
    Business successes. Business mishaps. As Rudyard K, & sometimes Mick McMerlin, put it:
    “If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    You’ll be a Man, my son!”
    What a Man.

    Still finding it hard to talk about the Ode Pal in the past tense. But, wise up: it all ends sometime; the important bit is to be true to yourself; and above all – ENJOY IT.

    We all know who did.

    And a word for Grubby & Harrison – you were heroes before – even more so now. Thanks from us all.

    Julia, Roy, Ruth, Mark, & Mum (who I met just once on the drive in Codsall) – our thoughts are with you constantly.

    A toast, to a TRULY Great Guy.
    Chat.

    Cheers, mate.

    With the deepest affection, Simon & Trish
    X

  36. Chris Bateman Says:

    October 15th, 2011 at 7:42 am

    I remember Robin as a friendly, genial guy. He was popular at school and able to get on well with most people.
    A man who passionately loved his football, I went to many away games with him in the 70′s.
    I recall a conversation we had a few years ago at a night match in Brighton. Chat spent half the time discussing the game we were about to watch, and the other half talking about the fireplace industry and business opportunities in China.
    He always struck me as someone who loved life and lived it to the full. A genuinely nice guy.

  37. Martin Jacks Says:

    October 15th, 2011 at 7:48 am

    Such sad news.
    So many memories, so many ‘Chatterjee strategies’ as we called them. I knew Chat since the age of 11 and have spent very many times in his company. All seemed to centre around Wolves, high quality beer and curry. Not the worst combination of pursuits I can imagine. In fact, the first time I ever got drunk it was his fault. His birthday party in the back garden. He had been making home brew. Pretty sure we were 15.
    One remarkable talent he had was always being where you least expected him. I am fairly sure it was the second replay against Grimsby in the league cup, 79-80. I drove to the neutral venue, Derby. I went with two mates and, given the widely publicised ‘NO PUBS WILL BE OPEN’ had not arranged to meet anyone prior to the game. We drove around and found a terraced side street with a very small pub open. We had a couple of pints with the two or three locals in the place. A quick visit to the facilities, and we agreed this was not a pub we would ever revisit, but at least it was one pub Chat hadn’t been to. You know who was standing, pint in hand, in the corridor as we left. We stood, mouths open, shocked.
    ‘Alright lads.’
    It was as if he knew we were in there all the time.

    Very many condolences to his family.

    Bok.

  38. Nigel Ward Says:

    October 15th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    My first match independent of my Dad….with Chat 1970. Teen parties; beer and fumblings…. at Chat’s house.
    First holiday independent of parents….with Chat, Cornwall ’74.
    Crystal Palace garden Party ’76 to see Steve Harley.
    Nottingham 1977-80.
    Russia 1982…..
    I could go on and on and on…. but most of my special social moments (and all of my football ones) seemed to involve Chat; most of his didn’t involve me. That’s the difference . What would be an exceptional day/night for most of us would be an ordinary day for Chat.He crammed more into his 54 years than most of us could in several lives.
    I sat next to him at what turned out to be his last game (Newcastle) and had a pint after at the Great Western; can’t believe there won’t be any more of that.
    Final word from Iggy Pop……’Lust For Life’.
    Cheers Chat…..Nigel x

  39. Martin Jacks Says:

    October 15th, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Another anecdote.
    Cricket.
    A summer pursuit that Chat took just as seriously. We used to ‘represent’ the Combermere Arms. Every sunday we would pitch up, usually at Bantock Park. I didn’t know the details, no-one did, it was all arranged by you know who.
    The game I remember was the night after the last night of the CAMRA festival at the Civic Hall. We had a guest player that day. Chris Cox. My memory is that he fielded very near to the barrel of beer he and Chat had brought along ‘because it needed finishing off.’ It is still the only cricket match I have seen where all the fielders (our side) had a pint glass either at our feet or in our hand. The change over between overs took a while as a queue formed behind the barrel.

    This strict focus on priorities extended to annual visits to Edgbaston as we watched England (usually) lose to the Aussies. One lunch break stays in the memory. A group of fellow fans in front of us opened their hamper. Cold chicken. Wine glasses. A cool box with a light Chardonnay. Meanwhile Chat opened up the ‘Combermere Arms’ cricket bags. A black pudding each. A jar of pickled onions each. A Banks’s party Seven. Each.

    I don’t remember the result, but we farted for England all afternoon.

    Bok.

  40. Ian Jennings Says:

    October 16th, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    I am so saddened by this terrible news, he was a great guy,a true Wolves and England supporter,Who will be a great loss to us all and the world of football.

    My condolences to his family, especially Roy.

    What a top Bloke

    RIP Chat

    Ian

  41. Denise Ward Says:

    October 16th, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Have known Chat since 1969 when his family moved onto Goldthorn Park and have spent many happy hours socialising and going on holidays with him.Chat was everyones social secretary, both in Wolves and Nottingham. Always happy, always up for it and always positive.He brought happiness to all our lives and will never be forgotten. My thoughts go to Julia, his children and Beryl. x

  42. Richard Vernon Says:

    October 16th, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Just so hard to believe. I’ve know Chat since he moved in to the house next door, when I was 8, but it feels like most of my life.

    So much of what I could say about Chat has been said by others before me.

    The memories, have just come flooding back, the Summer Sunday afternoons in the garden, playing French cricket and being shouted at by his Dad for making to much noise.

    The parties, the marquee in the back garden! Wanting to be there, but being to young to go, whilst my sister could and having to watch out of the bedroom window.

    The smell of the home-brew, not made from some kit, but raw ingredients boiling away in the kitchen. I think I got the idead for doing this from Chat at an early age too.

    Chat taking me to the Cider House when I was about 16 and for some reason I don’t remember coming back.

    A banging on my bedroom window in the early hours and chat on the extension flat roof wanting to talk to my sister.

    Another time being woken up to a rattling on the window. Chat and Malk (stopping over) had tied some washers fixing line and hooked it over my window, rattling it from the safety of Chat’s bedroom.

    I hadn’t spoken for some years but found him on Facebook 3 weeks ago and had a mail from him asking how I was. It was so good to hear from him again, it’s so hard to believe it was the last.

    Such a wonderful person and it was my privilege to have known him.

    Never forgotten, always missed, God Bless you Chat and for being a part of my life.

    Richard x.

  43. andy heysham lancs Says:

    October 16th, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Our paths crossed (briefly) in Nottingham (77-ish) so it was nice to see him briefly this January at the Wolves with Wardy(and be introduced to his boy) .
    Very sad news indeed. A nice guy .A true football fan .

  44. DAZBFD Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 12:54 am

    will be missed but never forgotten.
    I for 1 will sink a few in your honour

    R.I.P CHAT

    Dazbfd

  45. Mark Kemball Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Sad news. Memories of Chat – drinking cider after scouts or my homebrew. Getting thrashed at poker (consitently but small stakes!) Scout camps, walking Offa’s Dyke (I still remember complain how expensive beer was at 13p a pint in the first pub). Sadly didn’t see so much of him recently.

  46. Dean Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Terribly shocking news and so sad that a real football man has been taken away so suddenly. A lovely man with a lovely smile. R.I.P and condolences to the family at this very sad time.
    Dean,Kath and Latham Martin

  47. Rob Birch Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    Farewell, Chat. The most loveable rogue that I or anyone will ever know. His loss will leave a gaping hole in the lives of so many.

    Deepest sympathy to Beryl, Julia, Ruth, Roy and Mark.

    A few arbitrary memories:

    Keswick, April 1988. Sat in a pub with Chat, Mac Hale and my wife to be Jo having climbed Skiddaw that morning. Six pints of Robinsons later Chat announced “Right, we are off to climb Cat Bells now”. All the rest of us wanted to do was relax but no-one uttered a single word of protest to the organiser extreme!

    Telephone call many weekends 1970’s & 1980’s: “Rob, Chat here, we’re going to ***** pub tonight. Mac, Bok, Wardy , Hudsons, etc etc…are coming too”. Thing was, everyone else received a similar call even if it was his first of the night. Priceless!

    7.10 pm (in the days of 7.30 kick offs) Bristol City away, early ‘80’s. “Time for another pint lads as the ground is just 5 minutes around the corner”. We emerge from the pub at 7.25, go round the corner and see the floodlights shining in the far distance. Got in just before half time!

    York, away, early 1980’s. 3 pm kick off and in a Theakston’s pub with 3pm last orders. Chat gets two rounds in at 2.50! Got in just before half time again!

    Rob (also brother Steve, sister Tracey and Jo, Alex & Ollie)

  48. MikeMiddleton Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    RIP Robin, Sincere Condolencies to your family. Mike Middleton

  49. Coxy Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I met Chat back in the late 70′s after an annual humiliation at Anfield. I was with Big Fat Daz and for once we’d travelled by train, and I’ve been glad we did ever since as that’s how we met Chat.

    We got back to Lime Street undetected by the thugs and made our way along the train. It was made up of single compartment carriages, so you had to be careful of who you got in with. But there was a face I recognised alone in one, and with a ‘In here Daz he’s a Wolves fan’ we were in and meeting Chat.

    We announced ourselves as Wolves fans and the rest as thy say is history. Strangely now I don’t remember much more about the journey, but Chat has been a significant, ever present figure in my life, ever since.

    I know I got him involved with the DDCWWFCSC fairly quickly, and it seems too that in no time I’d had a night out drinking with him and was put up in his Mum’s house, probably with an explanation of ‘It’s Coxy he’s alright I met him on the train’!!

    Beer festivls are an early memory too, as he’d invite me up to work at Wolverhampton Beer Festival, but not surprisingly the memories are hazy.

    Then there was curry. Chat took it on himself to eat the hottest in any company, and succeeded every time. I remember there was the sleaziest of places in Manchester called the Plaza with an eclectic mix of curry. Basically it was a biriyani with different temperature sauces. Top of the tree was one called ‘Goodbye we warned you’ which Chat managed to down despite getting quite a sweat admitting it was a bit hot!

    I know of another tale which I thought might have appeared on here which hasn’t yet. Chat overseas with England, not sure where, but it’s raining cats and dogs. Improperly dressed walking to the ground through huge puddles when suddenly he fell straight into an open uncovered man hole and got covered in all sorts of unmentionables!

    I sure at matches and functions for years to come we’ll be talking about Chat he has been omnipresent in so many of our lives. He will be greatly missed, but boy will he be remembered.

  50. john golding Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    remember having a beer with chat,in the corporate bar,behind the dugouts.looking out on the pitch ,at thousands of people ,when everyone was on pitch celibrating our premier league promotion,i sneeked in,and had a great beer to celibrate our promotion with chat,will never forget that beer…and later in qatar,just before the england brazil friendly game,i noticed him sitting a few rows infront of me,before kick off, and we had a long chat all about wolves and england.must of bumped into him loads of times over the years,but those 2 times stick out.what a really lovely man,are very sad i wont be able to share a beer with him again,rip mr chat x

  51. Lee Jennings Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Just reminded me John of that QPR game. I remember clearly looking up from the pitch seeing Chat and Roy looking down on us. Chat had the biggest smile on his face.

  52. Rob Shannon (Bluenose) Says:

    October 17th, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I think i can speak for all the many “Bluenones” that you know
    Going to the Western for our local derbies will not seem the same.Happy times in France for the world cup,Annual Amsterdam trips and other social events will bring back good memories of time spent in your company.
    P.S you still owe me a beer for getting Gareth Southgate’s autograph on Roys England top when he was mascot !
    Condolencies to the family ,RIP

  53. Des Hartley Says:

    October 18th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Where do you start,the famous matches in 1987 such as Carlisle & Colchester when we should’nt have been there after the infamous first game at Scarborough. Far too numerous DDCWWFCSC functions he attended and special away days visiting real ale outlets, which if I remember rightly included teaching the East German navy all about Stevie Bull. Sitting next to him and Roy in the Stan Cullis. But recently for myself and Karen it has been his cooking expertise at the summer bar-b-ques,talking all forms of football whether it be Wolves,England or Roy’s progress with a passion for the sport he loved.

    Will be sadly missed by anyone who knew him.

    Heartfelt thoughts too all his family.

  54. Grubby Says:

    October 18th, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Met Chat about 20 years ago and he has been an ever present in my life since. When he realised me and Dad were Wolves season ticket holders he introduced us to the DDCWWFCSC. Often travelled together to Wolves games, England World Cup Finals in France and Germany, Euros in Portugal as well as qualifying games. Holidayed together many times as well as the annual weekend away in Amsterdam with the Bluesnoses. Regardless of event, location or company too much beer was always consumed invariably followed by a curry.

    I remember being at Bath for Round Table National Sporting weekend (Chat Sporting Officer for Bilston Round Table!) eating a full english at 9.00am following a particularly heavy night. Chat said “Hurry up Grubby the cross country starts in 20 mins”. I told him I wasn’t bothered about watching cross country. “You’re not watching I’ve entered you in it” he replied. He had and I had to run.

    Sunderland away (Roker Park) mid 1990′s, set of from Wolverhampton 11.00am Friday for a Sunday game. Stopped for a quick one in Nottingham (Chris Freer’s pub) at lunch time. Woke up on upstairs floor of pub Saturday morning coverered in curry. Continued journey. Well about 15 miles to Chesterfield where Chat knew a good pub (Derby Tup). Spent lunch time in there, driver declared he’d had enough and would take us on to Sheffield where we spent the night in the Fat Cat and slept at Snelly’s. Sorry after anothey curry. At the game we were guests of the directors. Chat hit by a brolly wielding irate Makham woman claiming Wolves to be the dirtiest team she had ever seen.

    World Cup in the South of France. Drinking all day, Chat found a curry house in Toulon. He then threw up claiming “it must have been the olive”.

    So many memories of our good times together, so much pain of the experience of that night, but joy at the happiness I saw last week in Tenerife. One last story. During that week in Tenerife we read of a curry house in Edinburgh, where diners at a recent curry eating competition had to sign a disclaimer. Many were rushed to hospital and kept in overnight with extreme stomach pains and severe burns. Reading the article you just knew that you would never set foot inside the place. Not Chat. He said “Our Roy is at Uni in Edinburgh. Do you fancy a weekend up there and we’ll try the place out?”

    Thoughts to Julia, Ruth, Roy, Mark and Chat’s mum Beryl.

    RIP Chat

    Grubby

  55. Dave Renton Says:

    October 18th, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    I didn’t know Chat that well (at that time) aside from seeing him in the Western on match days and the top table at the annual dinner. My son Mitch living in London couldn’t make it to the game one Saturday and I let Coxy know in the Western there was a spare ticket if anybody needed it.

    A while later Coxy said I’ve sorted your ticket out, Chats going. We then met, and set off to the game, had some banter first half. When the whistle went for half time, I asked Chat if he fancied a coffee, he said he’d go and get them and promptly returned with two bottles of Magners, followed by another two.

    Don’t remember the result but I remembered fondly Chat and the day we had. Good on you mate, I’ll never forget.

    Best wishes to all his family.

  56. Ralph Johnson Says:

    October 19th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Chat, it’s hard for me to fathom that you won’t be at the Western during my next UK visit, ready for pint and a laugh.

    I remember you as a kind man with a great sense of humor that was a good fit in any situation. Regardless if Wolves were home or away, I could always count on seeing you there!

    I’ve always cherished my memories of England and Wolves and the folks that befriended me. Thanks for being who you were!

  57. Clive Protheroe Says:

    October 20th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Chat was such a wonderful ‘gentle’ gentleman, he was kind and considerate, and never had a bad word to say about anyone. He never complained or moaned even when things wern’t going to well for him.

    Chat was such great company, he was never short of something to say, and was both funny and witty.

    I will always treasuer the many happy times I spent with him.

  58. Kath Protheroe Says:

    October 20th, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    A great loss to all who knew him, Chat was a top bloke who will leave many people with great memories. I didn’t know him that well but he was always ready to have a natter whenever we met. A smashing man who has been taken from us way way too early.
    R.I.P
    Kath.

  59. David Cook Says:

    October 21st, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    Just attended Wolverhampton Grammar School’s 500th Anniversary Founders Day – a real celebration, only to be told at the end by Dave Pointon about Robin….still hasn’t sunk in!

    Memories of happy days at WGS following our team from the North Bank ……and we were really, really good then

    I saw Robin at a few AFC Wulfrunians Games last season….usual conversation; football, cricket, beer, kids, football ,cricket, beer etc..priceless!

    We talked about the 500th Anniversary of the School and that he should get a table together with Wardy, Mac etc at the Dinner, can’t believe he won’t be there

    Rest in peace Robin, or perhaps instead, head for the real ale bar with The Doog and Frankie Munro to discuss the great days

    On behalf of the Old Wulfrunians Association we send our best wishes and condolences to Robin’s family

    David Cook
    Chairman

  60. John Hudson Says:

    October 24th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I lived on the same estate as Chat and first met him going to Cubs and playing football in the street from about age 9 or 10. Then from 11 Chat, my brother Phil and I went to the same school. Most days for years we walked or cycled to and from school and as with every good mate he was a constant, a part of life.

    Chat would never say no to “fancy a pint” but normally beat you to the question. Many years of Wolverhampton, Bilston and Dudley pubs, good memories.

    In our early 20s Phil and I went on holiday with Chat driving round Normandy and Brittany (Beaches, Beer & Calvados). Chat was fine in the UK but a little bit of pollen from the fields of France brought on Chat’s asthma, a short walk or some steps and he was out of breath and on the Ventolin.

    It was like it was happening to someone else, Chat never let it phase him he wasn’t down or miserable, he was on holiday, his breath would need to catch up with him. Every afternoon the calvados brandy cleared his throat and he shouted “rrr-eeeebaa” and passed the bottle forward from the back seat. He got off the ferry back in the UK and was instantly OK again.

    Always a good bloke, always even tempered, you knew where you were with Chat because he was so bloody likeable with an infectious “lust for life” (thanks Nige can’t think of a better way to describe him).

    Chat you’re a legend, you touched so many people (look at the tributes) and you did it just by being yourself.

    Julia, Ruth, Roy, Mark & Mrs Chat (Beryl), so sad but get your strength from the memories.

    Lots of love John, Hil, Jack and Sam (Australia).

  61. Chris Cox Says:

    October 24th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    On Saturday it was the Annual Dinner of the DDCWWFCSC, a minutes silence before the meal was followed after the meal by a series of tributes to Chat. These included Grubby, Dec, Chris Whittaker, Richard Skirrow on behalf of Wolves FC and myself.

    Roy (chat’s son) was present, and he asked me to read out the poem below that he had written about his Dad…..

    A Truly Top Lad

    I had a friend who wasn’t like the others,

    He always looked after me and sometimes disagreed with my mother,

    Everything I did, he’d be there with a smile,

    It hurts to think I haven’t seen that proud face in a while.

    He taught me that life’s too short to listen to your fears,

    And you should take advantage of every short year,

    He led a party lifestyle; some would say he was a fool,

    But you get that from everyone when you support the wolves.

    We’d sit there and philosophise over a pint of beer,

    He’d whisper words of wisdom directly in my ear,

    My friend, he was a truly top lad,

    Not many people can talk this way about their own dad,

    We used to label ourselves the chats on tour,

    But due to unforeseen circumstances we won’t be touring anymore.

  62. Mark Lewis Says:

    October 26th, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Rest in peace Chat

    Mark & Ryan

  63. Isabel Austera Says:

    October 28th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    In the late 1970s I went to a Boxing Day match with Chat & Paris. It was a lovely crisp cold day and, standing on the terraces, halfway through the match, I fainted. During the resultant commotion, Chat missed seeing a goal being scored (I think it was by Wolves, but I was unconscious at the time).
    Paris took me home and, since then, Chat was strangely reluctant to take me to a match again. Until October 1st 2011, that is, when he finally relented. However, he did make sure that I had a seat at the opposite end of the ground to him and Paris this time…
    I am so sad that Chat is gone; he has been a friend since we were at school.
    My heart goes out to Beryl, Julia, Ruth, Roy and Mark. He was a lovely man.

    Isabel, Jan, Stephanie & Clara in Brighton

  64. Stu Gilbert Says:

    October 28th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Rob,
    What a good bloke. Wonderful trips to the games aswell as other excursions.
    He phoned me one morning and asked if I wanted to watch a dog run later that day. Why not. He picked me up two hours later and off we went. I thought it was a bit early for W’ton or Perry Barr but off we went an,yway. After joining the M40 he told me the meeting was at Canterbury! After entering West London he also told me that The Great British Beer Festival was on and we should pop in for a bit, so why not. We made the meeting and after being informed that the dog was a cert I put most of my dosh on it. It trod on a thorn and finihed last. Many great memories

  65. David McMaster Says:

    November 6th, 2011 at 9:20 am

    I’ve only just heard about this sad sad loss. I will always remember Chat as one of the friendliest and most genuine blokes you could wish to meet.

    Having moved away from the area many years ago I only ever saw him occasionally but each time was a pleasure.

    My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    Rest in Peace.
    Mac

  66. molineux max Says:

    November 6th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Paul Robinson Says:
    October 13th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I am very sad to hear that.

    I applied for a job at his fettling plant as a works manager once, and he never even gave me an interview, this goes to show what a good judge of character he was !!

    Whenever you spoke to Chat he always came over as a nice friendly bloke who gave people the time of day.

    A very sad loss, and we will miss him.

    Robbo

    Obviously had something to do with your name.The man was great judge of character.

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