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Rocks 80s reunion planned

They are Rocks legends who helped the club to the most successful period of its 136- year history.


And now the 1980s side is set to reunite at Nyewood Lane as former Bognor ace Dallas Whyte organises a reunion of players from the 1980s teams.


Whyte, father of current Rocks skipper Harvey (pictured together with the Sussex Senior Cup), has arranged the get-together of team-mates from the successful Bognor side of the 1980s.


Under the direction of Jack Pearce, the Bognor side lifted the Sussex Senior Cup five years in a row and reached the second round of the FA Cup twice.


Whyte said more than a dozen former team mates have already committed to the reunion at Seasons, including familiar names such as winger Geoff Cooper – who is flying in from the other side of the world – and full-back John Crumplin.


It takes place before the BetVictor Premier Division match against Brightlingsea Regent on November 23 – a game that is being sponsored by the former players.


The group will gather at Seasons to enjoy a celebration lunch, with the pies provided courtesy of die-hard Rocks fan Pip Turner, of award-winning Turner’s Pies.


Whyte said: “We already have around 14 players confirmed and hopefully there are more to follow. Geoff Cooper is hoping to attend from his home in New Zealand and John Crumplin intends to fly in from Spain for the occasion. We’re all really looking forward to it, it should bring back memories of great days in the green and white of Bognor.”


Now Whyte says he would like help tracking down a few players he can’t trace.


He added: “It’d be great to track down Wayne Orton, Toby Anderton, Steve Parslow and Nick Manley.


“If anyone knows what they are up to and has contacts for them we’d love to hear from them.”


If you can help, contact Rocks general manager Simon Cook on 07527 455167, or email

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