PHOTO GALLERY: Spurs Legends beat Norwich City Legends in Lowestoft
PUBLISHED: 09:30 13 July 2012
THE Legends lined up once more in Lowestoft - but this time there were some new faces and a new venue as they returned to the football pitch on Sunday.
Stars from Spurs lined up against former favourites from Norwich in an entertaining encounter at Crown Meadow – the home of Lowestoft Town FC.
In wet conditions throughout, The Journal Challenge Trophy was keenly contested as the likes of Mark Falco, Tony Galvin and Ruel Fox were part of the successful Spurs Legends team that beat Norwich Legends, including Iwan Roberts, Darren Huckerby, Dale Gordon, Darren Eadie, Dion Dublin, Leon McKenzie and Paul McVeigh, 4-3.
Matchball sponsors for Sunday’s match were Need2store.co.uk and Meadow Primary School pupil Callie Arlow led the players out before placing the ball on the centre spot ahead of kick-off.
The previous night Gordon, McVeigh, McKenzie, Galvin, Falco, John Lacy and Gary Brooke were part of a successful evening of entertainment at the Winelodge function room in Oulton Broad as a Premiership Dinner was held.
Here, more than 100 guests listened intently to tales from the past, both on and off the field, as all the former professionals admitted to the appreciative audience and presenter Kevin Piper that they still “have fun” as they “enjoy playing” and were “looking forward” to Sunday.
The former Tottenham legends all stressed that “the jury was still out” on Andre Villas-Boas’ appointment as the new boss at White Hart Lane.
Falco, who still works at Tottenham on matchdays, said the best player at the Lane during his time at the club was Ossie Ardiles and the best player he had faced was Diego Maradona.
Looking back at football in the 80s and 90s, and assessing the game now, Dale Gordon said it is a “different industry now” while ex-Norwich and Spurs star Gary Brooke added: “I can see lots of smaller clubs going under – while the big teams get richer, smaller teams are getting poorer.”
The next function at the Winelodge, in association with Legends Events, is an evening with Norwich City and Ipswich Town Legends on Friday, September 14.