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Villa's cup woes spark happy memories for Ted.

SATURDAY'S Cup Final was a double whammy for Sky Blues fans.

Villa "didn't turn up" for the game but to the club's embarrassment their young star Jack Grealish made it to the nightclub where Arsenal players were celebrating their 4-0 Wembley stroll.

There was double delight, too, for former Coventry City vicechairman Ted Stocker before and after the match.

He would have enjoyed the build up to the final as a BBC poll declared Keith Houchen's diving header in the 1987 final among the greatest ever.

Apart from being on the board for the Sky Blues greatest achievement, Stocker will relish the memory of pocketing PS50,000 when the final whistle blew against Spurs He wagered PS1,000 at 50-1 in the January that City would lift the Cup.

"At first people just took the mickey. When we got through the next round I was called a "shrewd b...d" and when we won the final I was an "effing genius," he recalled.

On Monday, Stocker, who now lives in North Wales, had another result when the Earlsdon Cottage nightclub won back its licence after a court battle with the city council.

It paves the way for the venue to be sold on by the Carvell family, and for Stocker to see a return on the six-figure sum he invested.

He says the likelihood is that the family will now take on the franchise of a Tiger Bills restaurant, "make it a first-class venue to complement others in Earlsdon," and then sell the business privately.

Stocker blames the city council for the protracted legal battle over the nightclub's licence, which began with neighbours' complaints over late night noise.

"We could have sold it before but for the uncertainty over the licence, A local consortium was interested and there was someone who has three outlets in the Birmingham area," Stocker revealed. He has no plans to delve again into the restaurant business nor into football.

"Football? I couldn't afford it - my wife would divorce me!"

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 5, 2015
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