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Re: Michael Plumb LBW.

October 9 2016, 10:59 PM 

Exile Returns: "One of my first memories of Michael is of a hot sunny afternoon at Scarborough in 1996. He was there with his mother and it really was a very hot day. Whether due to the heat, or simply due to her familiar approach to interacting with Michael, she became very irritable and gave poor old Michael a real hear-bashing. When I got the opportunity I asked Michael if everything was OK, to which he responded that his mother wanted to go home a couple of days early as "She had had enough!" "Oh", I said. "So are you not staying for the rest of the match?" "Yes I am", he emphatically replied. Adding, "It's my car and I told her that it would not be going back to Sheffield before the last ball!"

He could give the impression that he was intimidated by his mother, but when it came down to what he wanted to do, he simply took no notice of her. This was a recurring characteristic in the conversations I had with Michael over the next 20 years."

The first time me and my Dad came across him was at Chesterfield in, I think, 1984. He was holding forth all afternoon, including broadcasting a story about his mother. He said that his mother (about some matter or other - there were lots of shaggy dog stories that afternoon) 'had put her foot down with a firm hand'. My Dad always remembered this, as he had never heard that jokey saying before.

In the same match, when someone dropped a catch, Moxon from memory, he said: 'Never mind, Martyn, we all have our bad days. I have five in a week at work sometimes'.

Oh yes, also that day, a couple of drunk Derby fans started jostling Bluey on the way off the pitch (for the tea interval?). Fergie saw this, wandered over and punched one of them, sending him to the floor. Dad and I looked round to see Michael shouting: 'Kill him, Fergie'.

We started to look out for him after that day, soon realising he always sat in the same seat at Scarborough. We learnt his name and saw from old YCCC handbooks that he had been a (junior) member since the 1960s.

The only conversation I ever had with him was at Edgbaston last year. He was gingerly negotiating some steps on his way out of the ground. I asked him if he needed some assistance. He said thanks, but that he was OK, and he was surprised I knew he was called Michael. He laughed when I told him why I knew.

Edit: The Derbyshire game was 1984, June 17. Yorks 225-6, Derbys 181 all out. Phil Robbo made 39 on his debut. Stevo top scored with 41*.

This message has been edited by EastCoastType on Oct 10, 2016 10:19 PM

Dave G
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Michael Plumb - funeral

October 13 2016, 6:11 PM 

PLUMB Michael Suddenly at his home on October 3rd 2016, aged 69 years.

Much loved Son of the late

Eric and Edris.

Will be sadly missed by all his friends

Service and Cremation at City Road Crematorium on Tuesday October 18th at 1.00pm. Floral tributes to H. Keeton Funeral Directors, Highfield Lane, Handsworth, Sheffield, S13 9NA.

At Michael's request Sheffield Wednesday shirts or blue and white can be worn
Published in The Star on Oct. 13, 2016

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Re: Michael Plumb - funeral

October 18 2016, 11:02 AM 

Michael's funeral takes place today. I am going. The weather forecast says rain at 11.00, then sunshine until 1.p.m. After that rain all afternoon.

As if to say that things will clear enough to allow play up until 1.00p.m. when the service starts. After that juste waiting around in the pasvillion watching the groundsmen mopping up; an experience Michael must have had many times over the years. Poetically appropriate for his final appearance!


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Re: Michael Plumb - funeral

October 18 2016, 11:31 AM 

I am also a Sheffield Wednesday fan and its good to see many people on this site and the Wednesday forum passing on their memories on Michael and are sad at his passing.
Will raise a drink to him this afternoon. Hope he has a good send off.


Spire Tyke
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Michael Plumb

October 18 2016, 12:23 PM 

Having being brought up in Leeds, I am a Leeds fan. I did not know Michael, but nevertheless, this is a lovely thread and I hope Michael has a brilliant send off.

RIP Michael.

Leg Glance
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Re: Michael Plumb

October 18 2016, 1:17 PM 

As a Blade rivalry counts for nothing in these circumstances.

Looking at the Funeral Director and the venue I suspect Michael and I were from a similar area in Sheffield.Does anyone know where Michael was from?

RIP MIchael

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Re: Michael Plumb

October 18 2016, 5:04 PM 

Just back from Michael's funeral. An uplifting celebration of the life of a man with simple pleasures. Sheffield Wednesday Football, Yorkshire Cricket, good food and plenty to drink - and Michael was satisfied. I suspect that he would have been amazed at the turn-out for his send-off.

A bright, cold and windy day with clouds increasingly threatening saw the gathering of well over a hundred mourners waiting outside the crematorium at Sheffield Cemetery. As befitted a life-long owl supporter, the hearse, when it arrived revealed a coffin of blue and white, emblazoned with Sheffield Wednesday insignias. We followed it into the Chapel to the sound of "Hey-ho, Sheffield Wednesday", to greet Michael's arrival on the pitch.

The service was simple and dignified and the memorial contribution from the friend who accompanied Michael to away games on the Supporters' Coach, was both evocative and hilarious. A big lad of 6ft 2ins and weighing 16 stone, he told of his first meeting with Michael at some far away game when at the end home supporters were kept in the ground by the stewards until the police had escorted the away supporters out of the vicinity. Martin, the friend, had turned to Michael and said, "Do you think that there is going to be trouble outside?" Michael, who even then looked as though he could be blown away by a puff of wind, had held him in a steady gaze, whilst giving careful consideration to the question. Eventually, he had replied, "Just stay behind me and you will be OK!" Priceless! But Michael to his very essence.

Most of those present represented Michael's love of football or knew him from his doings in Sheffield, but there were a few YCCC members and it was good to see the Club represented by Martyn Moxon.

As we stood around outside, exchanging stories, the weather started to deteriorate and in the end rain stopped play.

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Re: Michael Plumb

October 18 2016, 6:10 PM 

Full marks to YCCC for Martyn Moxon attending. Michael, as far as I know, never held any official position with our club so attendance was a genuine mark of respect.

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