VIDEO: Legend Spencer’s emotional Sandy Lane return

Twenty years after his Tigers side put 12 past British Gas at Sandy Lane, former boss Tommy Spencer was back in the dugout for Wednesday’s 13-0 win over Phoenix.

The 68-year-old was invited back to the club by ‘Manager for a Day’ Nicky Hulme, a lifelong supporter who won the chance to manage the club through an auction.

Worksop Town v Phoenix FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup at Sandy Lane. Manager for the day Nicky Hulme, far right, and former Tigers manager Tommy Spencer, centre.

Worksop Town v Phoenix FC in the Sheffield Senior Cup at Sandy Lane. Manager for the day Nicky Hulme, far right, and former Tigers manager Tommy Spencer, centre.

And Spencer admitted it was an emotional return.

He said: “It brought back memories.”

“I’ve been sat on the bench when we’ve scored 12 and now 13.”

“I was just saying to the lads, when you come into the place and you’ve been a part of it for a long time – I was the manager when they moved here – it got to me a little bit, I could have just put the boots on and played with the lads.”

Spencer and Hulme both addressed the players before kick-off, and the ex Celtic and Rotherham player was keen to see Tigers start well.

He said: “I just talked about the position of them and the position of the team they were playing, the standard between the two of them.”

“There was a lot of pressure on them to do the job, it was like a cup final for Phoenix.”

“I said if they got out at them and got early goals then it could be a landslide, and that’s what it turned out to be.”

Known for presiding over an era when goals were the order of the day for Worksop Town, Spencer liked what he saw in the 2014/15 squad.

“I was very impressed with the way they move about and play and work.”

“I haven’t had time to come and see them yet, so I was impressed.”