For five years, from the launch of the new Roy of the Rovers glossy magazine in 1990, Colin worked closely with Roy Race and the two developed a special relationship from touring the UK meeting fans, players, managers, celebrities, etc., to recording a rock song [written by Colin] with Gary Lineker, and collaborating on the official Roy Race biography in 1994. 

This is just a flavour of what the two got up in the early 1990s. 

Roy of the Rovers logo Roy Race
Roy Race meets Luther Blissett - Roy of the Rovers
ROY & LUTHER BLISSETT at Watford FC
Roy Race meets boxer Michael Watson - Roy of the Rovers

ROY & boxer MICHAEL WATSON 

Roy Race meets John Lesley in the Blue Peter studio - Roy of the Rovers

ROY & JOHN LESLIE on the BLUE PETER TV set.  

Roy Race meets Alan Smith at Highbury - Roy of the Rovers

ROY & ALAN SMITH at HIGHBURY STADIUM.  

Roy Race with young England fans at Wembley - Roy of the Rovers

ROY RACE & young England Fans at WEMBLEY STADIUM 

Roy Race with Alan Smith at Highbury - Roy of the Rovers

ROY RACE & ALAN SMITH at HIGHBURY STADIUM.   

Mark Bright hosts the Roy of the Rovers Xmas Party
ROY RACE & MARK BRIGHT at WEMBLEY STADIUM TOURS. 

 

Roy Race with the FA Cup Trophy

ROY RACE & THE FA CUP TROPHY.  

Gary Lineker at Mixing Desk of
Wade Locket and DJ Spatz perform

Colin and Roy teamed up on two major media projects...
1. The Official Roy Race Biography - The Playing Years  Published in 1994 to celebrate Roy's 40th anniversary of Roy of the Rovers. 
2. "Europe United - Let's Work Together" a rock song recorded by Roy Race and Gary Lineker [pic above right at mixing desk] - with "Roy Race Rap" on the B-side recorded by Wade Locket and DJ Spatz [pic above right]. Both sets of lyrics written by Colin. 

Gary Lineker records Europe United with Roy Race

In 1994, while promoting my Official Biography of Football Legend Roy Race I was also appearing as Statman on Sports Wire's live TV soccer coverage. 

Mark Webster - the show's host - was easily persuaded to insert himself into the Melchester Rovers line up to read the following evening running order. Wearing an authentic Rovers playing jersey (we had a harder time persuading Mark not to wear a Hammers' top...) he found himself magically transported into the pages of "Roy of the Rovers - The Playing Years." Keep Smiling, Boys!! 

Signed copies of my Roy Race "Playing Years" biography are available from http://www.blueeyedbooks.com/roy-of-the-rovers.php 

Mark Webster is still available for ad-hoc walk-ons, etc... at http://www.take3management.co.uk/mark_webster.htm 

Gazza at the Roy of the Rovers launch party White Hart Lane
PAUL GASCOIGNE at the ROY OF THE ROVERS LAUNCH PARTY.  
Roy Race and Gary Lineker - Roy of the Rovers

ROY RACE & HIS SINGING CO-STAR GARY LINEKER.  

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