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Town legends turn out for anniversary celebrations

PUBLISHED: 09:06 26 March 2012

Sporting 87 v Ipswich Legends.

Sporting 87 v Ipswich Legends.

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IPSWICH Town legends pulled on the blue and white shirts again to relive the glory days of the 70s, 80s and the Premier League for a charity match yesterday.

Memories came flooding back for many in the 700-plus crowd at the Victory Sports Ground, in Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, to mark the Sporting 87 FC Silver Jubilee Celebrations.

The legends took on the home team, currently top of Division Two of the Ipswich and District League, as part of the club’s Silver Jubilee Celebration and the line up included Town icons John Wark, Fabian Wilnis, Gavin Johnson, Russell Osman, Simon Milton, Jason Dozzell and James Scowcroft.

The legends triumphed 3-1, with two goals from Darren Grundy and another from Andy Crump but the score was insignificant to the day’s proceedings, part of a family fun day.

Funds raised will go to promote the club and help fund the £2.1million redevelopment of the ground to include a new pavilion and sports hall.

Special guests included the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Christopher Spicer, who was introduced to the players prior to kick off; Terry Clements, borough councillor for Horringer and Whelnetham; Mick Pearce, chairman of the Suffolk FA; Glenn Edwards, match sponsor, of Getaway Cars; and David Barker, president of the cricket club and vice-chairman of the governors of South Lee School.

Mr Barker said: “It has been a wonderful day and we had a really good crowd.”

Meanwhile, plans for the ground have gone on show at the pavilion which will be the venue for a public meeting over the development on Saturday.

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