Guest column: Carlos Alberto was a legend who played football the right way

John Mann MP
John Mann MP

In 2006, Bassetlaw welcomed three of Brazil’s footballing legends who were members of the 1970 World Cup winning team – Jairzinho, Felix and their captain, Carlos Alberto.

I will never forget their visit because it’s not often that areas like ours get to welcome such sporting superstars.

And it was with sadness that I learnt of Carlos Alberto’s death this week aged 72 from a heart attack.

Growing up in Leeds I remember watching the 1970 World Cup and being in awe of the greatest Brazilian team of all time and the spirit in which they played football.

His team’s commitment to playing football the right way remains an enduring legacy.

The footballing world and Brazilian people have lost a true icon.

Last Saturday, I accompanied pupils from St John’s Primary School to Anfield to see Liverpool take on West Brom.

The children were guests of honour and were treated to a VIP day out.

The children not only watched the match from the executive seats but were also given a goody bag containing a scarf, programme and several mementoes of the day.

The trip was made possible thanks to Standard Chartered Bank who have worked with me over the past five years to enable local children to experience top class sport.

County councillor Sybil Fielding kindly paid for the coach and I would like to thank both Sybil and Liverpool for an amazing day out.

The Royal British Legion have once again launched its Poppy Appeal and we are remembering those who gave their lives for our freedom and for our country.

The Poppy Appeal is also about supporting the new generation of veterans and serving soldiers and their families who need our help.

If you have any time over the coming few weeks please get in touch with your local British Legion Branch and offer your help.

For further information please go to call the Worksop branch on 01909 501362.

The Neighbourhood Planning Bill is currently winding its way through Parliament and I am a member of the committee which is examining each clause and amendment to the bill before it becomes a law.

In light of this, I have recently met with two local groups, one of which was going through the neighbourhood plan process and the other already has a plan in place, so that I could gain a greater understanding of local issues and concerns.

This is a rare opportunity for local people to positively influence national legislation which means that I want to meet with other groups in Bassetlaw who have been developing their own plans so that I can learn from their views and experiences.

Contact me on 01909 506200 or mannj@parliament.uk if you think it would be useful to hold a meeting.

In the meantime, I will be scrutinising and contributing to the legislation to make sure it works for our area.