Darren Eadie, Paul McVeigh, Russell Osman and Fabian Wilnis combine for Norwich and Ipswich Legends

PUBLISHED: 11:34 11 May 2012

Dale Gordon's Legends (white) take on Kirkley and Pakefield Youth Legends at Walmer Road on bank holiday Monday. Paul McVeigh scores. PICTURES: Mick Howes

Dale Gordon's Legends (white) take on Kirkley and Pakefield Youth Legends at Walmer Road on bank holiday Monday. Paul McVeigh scores. PICTURES: Mick Howes


FOOTBALLING favourites from yester-year descended on south Lowestoft for the latest Legends clash.

Former Norwich City and Ipswich Town stars united once more at Walmer Road, as Dale Gordon’s Legends beat Kirkley and Pakefield’s Youth Legends 8-2 on bank holiday Monday.

The special match attracted a good turnout as scores of people headed to the home of K&P for the Legends match, to catch a glimpse of the stars.

The game was organised by former Canaries winger Gordon as part of his latest tour of Norfolk and Suffolk – and teaming up with K&P once more, after last year’s inaugural match ended in a 8-1 rout for the Norwich and Ipswich Legends, the latest match was hailed another success.

Dale Gordon’s Legends squad featured Gordon himself, Adrian Coote, Rob Newman, Paul McVeigh, Darren Eadie, Kevin Horlock, Kevin Ingles, Scott Howie, Simon Milton, Jason Dozzell, Fabian Wilnis, Russell Osman, Tony Spearing and Gordon’s son Remy.

The K&P Youth Legends side featured many of the managers, coaches and parents involved with the club’s flourishing youth section – including Ben and Sam Atkins, Shaun Norman, Craig Guy, Paul and Darren Underdown, Danny Tacon, Neil Harris, Kevin Sherwood and Paul Haywood – who combined with K&P first teamers Kyle Baker and Scott Manning for the match.

K&P spokesman Barrie Atkins said: “The star of the show without doubt was Paul McVeigh – he took control of the game from the very first minute and stroked the ball around the pitch with ease as he showed his pure class.

“Kirkley & Pakefield Legends were giving it everything they had and the effort was outstanding, but at times Dale Gordon’s Legends simply sprayed the ball from one side of the pitch to the other and it was like watching players chasing shadows.

“But take nothing away from Kirkley, they harassed, chased, tackled and worked as a team and eventually got their reward with a penalty for a foul.”

After some “mind games” by the Legends keeper, Daz Underdown hit the penalty home to reduce the arrears and a late free kick, some 20 yards out, saw Kyle Baker – after asking the referee for a quick free kick – curl the ball home to the right of the young keeper “who had an excellent game,” according to Atkins, as K&P made it 7-2.

A late eighth goal sealed the Legends victory, and at the end of the match Atkins said: “It was an entertaining game, enjoyed by all, on a day when stars of yester-year mixed happily with youngsters and fans alike, which is so good to see these days.”

An auction was also held at the end of the game for the Legends’ shirts.

Kirkley and Pakefield FC, in association with Legends Events and The Winelodge in Oulton Broad, will be hosting “a major sporting event” in August.

A Charity Soapstar team - featuring stars from Hollyoaks, Waterloo Road, Emmerdale, Doctors, Eastenders and Coronation Street - will line up to take on Dale Gordon’s Legends side at Walmer Road on August 12.

A pre match party will be held at Winelodge in Oulton Broad on Saturday, August 11.

• K&P’s adult section will hold their annual meeting this Sunday, May 13 in the clubhouse at Walmer Road at 10am.

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