Sandy Lane was graced by some of Worksop Town’s most revered legends on Sunday, including a goalscoring hero and a former England star.
Fan favourite ‘King’ Kenny Clark and Chris Waddle were both in action during the club’s fundraising event, with supporters, legends, first teamers and the ladies team featuring.
Clark was on target for the a Legends XI in a defeat by the current crop of Tigers players, while one of the most talented stars of recent years Gary Townsend scored the only goal in the Legends’ win over the supporters team.
Waddle limped out of his first match with an injury, but fans of Tigers nostalgia were able to watch the likes of Steve Johnson, Neil Pickering, Jay Maybury and Pete Rinkcavage.
Rinkcavage’s fellow former Worksop bosses Paul Mitchell and Tommy Spencer were on the bench.
The first team were 8-0 winners over the fans, and overcame the ladies squad in the final match of the afternoon.
There were almost 500 supporters in the ground to watch the challenge matches,
One fan, who was on the pitch instead of behind the goal, said it was an honour to take on some of his heroes.
Dean Spencer told the Guardian: “From a fan’s perspective, the Legends Day was a huge success.
“To play against top quality players from Worksop Town’s past like Kenny Clarke and Gary Townsend was an unbelievable experience.
“The icing on the cake was coming up against English footballing royalty in Chris Waddle, sharing a pitch with him is something I will treasure, even if he did make me look silly at one stage.”
Spencer believes the attendance shows there’s real potential for the club to grow.
“To be able to play alongside fellow Worksop Town fans was also a moment of pride, in front of a fantastic crowd of 486 - this shows the sheer appetite for football in the town, and the desire to not only celebrate the club’s rich footballing past, but to also push on and cement the Tigers future,” he said.
“The club has had a turbulent recent past, but the army of dedicated staff and volunteers currently involved continue to prove that with a lot of hard work, we can push things forward and be successful, as Sunday shows.”
Tigers chairman Kevin Keep was similarly delighted with Sunday’s success.
He said: We had a aantastic turn out of just under 500 and it was a good day all round with the legends asking when they can to it again.”