Legends line up against Yarmouth
Miles Jermy SOME of the greatest players from Norwich City's recent past rolled back the years at a packed Wellesley Road this week.A sell-out crowd of 2,500 watched the City Legends line up against a Great Yarmouth X1 on Wednesday night.
SOME of the greatest players from Norwich City's recent past rolled back the years at a packed Wellesley Road this week.
A sell-out crowd of 2,500 watched the City Legends line up against a Great Yarmouth X1 on Wednesday night.
The match saw Darren Huckerby back in yellow and green in what was billed as his last appearance in a City shirt.
Fans favourite Huckerby did not disappoint, showing off his tricky skills and scoring twice in an entertaining 4-4 draw.
He was part of an all-star line up including Dion Dublin, Chris Sutton, Ruel Fox, Neil Adams and Robert Fleck.
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New City boss Bryan Gunn had been due to take part in the game before his appointment to the Carrow Road hot seat, but was unable to play and instead appeared before kick off to a rousing reception.
The game was organised by another City hero Dale Gordon, who is now the Bloaters director of football.
In an anniversary tribute, the Legends players sported replicas of the shirts worn by the 1959 city team, which reached the semi-final of the FA Cup.
There was a real big match atmosphere at what was the largest crowd at Wellesley Road for many years
The old Victorian grandstand was packed to the rafters and spectators crammed in right around the ground.
Eager fans crowded the entrance to the changing rooms as the players paused to sign autographs at end of the match.
Martin Andrews, from Caister, was among the supporters at the game. He said: “It's good to see the Norwich players in the '59 shirts. I really came to watch Huckerby and would love to see him playing for Norwich again.”
Norwich City season ticket holder Peter Johnson, from Yarmouth, was at the match with friends. He said: “I was looking forward to seeing Hucks one last time. There is a really good crowd tonight. Last time I was here was for a pre-season friendly, but there weren't quite so many people then.”
Craig Atherton, from Yarmouth, came to the game with his two sons. He said: “I am not really a Norwich City fan and this is my first time at the Wellesley this season. This was a chance to see some great players again, there is a good atmosphere here and we all enjoyed it.”
It was a night to remember for Kristian Sutton and Antonio Mangili, the winners of the Mercury's Legends Mascot competition who led the teams onto the pitch.
Also sharing in the spotlight were Jason Jenner, Phil Bird and Eddie Stibbon who each bid �500 for a run out with the City stars.
The match more than lived up to the billing with eight goals and plenty of goalmouth action.
Jeremy Goss and Chris Sutton added to Huckerby's brace for the Legends with Gary Gilmore grabbing a hat-trick for Yarmouth.
Former City winger Gordon had devoted the last few weeks to organising the game and expressed his delight with how it had gone.
He said: “I thought it was a fantastic night for the whole town, I am elated by all the support we have received.
“The atmosphere was magnificent; there were a few goals and plenty of entertainment for the crowd.
“This is just the start of things to come and I want to organise more occasions like this to use the Wellesley to its full potential.
“We haven't counted up how much money has been raised from the game, but it's bound to give a big boost to club funds.”