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Reunion of Highs from Soviet Union.

A GROUP of former amateur footballers were reunited almost 50 years after they played their way around the Soviet Union.

Professional footballers aren't guaranteed to play in front of 40,000 fans during their career, but that's what the players of the now-defunct amateur club High Park in Southport achieved in the late 1960s.

Their links to a local Labour club meant they were invited to tour the Soviet Union in 1968, including a fixture in Moscow's Lenin Stadium.

On June 25, the surviving members of the team - Eric Norris, Bobby Edwards, Jimmy Simms, Michael Clarke, Colin Blanchard and Alan Johnson - reminisced about their Russian adventure.

The former players, now in their late 70s or early 80s, held a reunion at The Office restaurant in Southport.

The amateur club also played in Rostov, Volgograd and in the Yalta region during their tour.

They were joined by family for their catch-up meeting.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 30, 2017
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