Darren Huckerby, Iwan Roberts and John Wark among stars set to shine at Kirkley
PUBLISHED: 12:22 13 May 2011
INTERNATIONAL stars who've represented six different nations are set to descend on south Lowestoft this Sunday (May 15).
Showcasing their skills during an eagerly-awaited day of footballing fun at Walmer Road, legends from Norwich City and Ipswich Town will unite on the field for a special match against Kirkley and Pakefield legends.
Hopes are high that hundreds of people will head to the home of K&P for the Legends match, to catch a glimpse of their favourites from yester-year.
The game has been organised by former Canaries winger Dale Gordon as part of a four-game tour of Norfolk and Suffolk. This is the second match in the series, folllowing last month’s inaugural encounter at Gorleston, with further matches at Diss and Dereham to come.
Admitting this week that “things are going well” ahead of the main game between the K&P Vets and the Norwich and Ipswich Vets, Gordon told The Journal he has selected a strong squad – which includes TEN former internationals, who’ve played for England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Jamaica.
Dale Gordon’s Legends squad features Bryan Gunn, John Wark, Paul McVeigh, Darren Huckerby, Daryl Sutch, Jason Dozzell, Mike Milligan, Darren Eadie, Iwan Roberts, Dale Gordon, Russell Osman, David Johnson and Steve Gallagher – a guest local player, who is being sponsored as part of his fundraising efforts for McMillan Nurses and Help For Heroes.
They will take on a K&P Legends side, which is managed by current K&P Veterans boss Jon Sturman.
His squad includes current K&P first team boss Jon Reynolds, as well as first teamers Dave Attridge, Robbie Horton and Wayne Twomlow. Former Kirkley favourites Mick Goldspink, Gary Whiteside, Paul Gant, Simon West, Paul Highfield, Carl Chenery and Danny Stokeld are also included in the 18-man squad which features some of Sturman’s K&P Veterans side in the shape of Stu Canham, Darren Osborne, Andy Armes, Paul Taylor, Daryl Hill, George Millington and Ian Wilson.
The main game kicks off at 3pm, but there will be lots of fun all day for this footballing bonanza. Gates open at 10am at Walmer Road, when the Legends Youth Cup will be contested by many young teams in a special tournament for U9, U10, U11 and U12 sides, with more youngsters joining in the fun between noon and 1pm.
Several catering franchises will also be on site including an ice cream van, hog roast, burger van as well as meals in the clubhouse. The bar will be open all day as well.
“Come along and join in the fun, while watching legendary players of the past from Norwich City and Ipswich Town at Walmer Road as they play against the K&P Legends,” a KP Royals spokesman said.
Tickets for the match at Kirkley are still available and can be purchased on the gate on the day costing £10 for adults and £5 concessions/children.