Record breaking Bryan dusts off his boots for Cambridge United’s Legends match against Dion Dublin’s Dreamteam
RECORD breaking professional footballer Bryan Boggis has relived his glory days as a Legends team member for Cambridge United.
The 70-year-old of Suffield Road, Gorleston, dusted off his boots to deliver an heroic performance, delighting family and friends who travelled to the Abbey Stadium to support the Legends team in their centenary match against Dion Dublin’s Dreamteam
Mr Boggis (pictured) played for Cambridge United from 1961 to 1965 and remains the only player in the club’s history to compete in 195 consecutive games.
The match began with the players completing a lap of honour following an Olympic torch. His daughter Donna-Lisa Moore said: “The crowd were cheering and clapping and it was clear to see the delight on Dad’s face. He was treated like a celebrity and was even asked for his autograph as we arrived. Even I did not know he could still lift his legs so high up in the air and do lots of keep-ups. His moment came in the second half and he gave 100pc for his time on the pitch, even taking shots at the goal.”
Afterwards he said: “I couldn’t wait to get back on the pitch. It was originally planned that I play for 15 minutes but there were so many players I thought I might just get two or three. I was ready to go as soon as I was told the oxygen tank and ambulance were here!”
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It is the second time in a year he has been honoured by the club. For his 70th birthday in October he was invited to watch the Cambridge vs Lincoln game and was presented with a framed team photo of the 1962-63 squad.
Mr Boggis began playing for Gorleston at 15 years old. At 17 he was spotted by scout Sailor Brown and signed for Aston Villa. His career saw him play for Crystal Palace before signing for Cambridge United as a right back.
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Since then, he has gone on to work as a player manager for Wisbech and Stevenage Atheltic, before leaving football and becoming licensee of a number of pubs in the area including Peggotty’s in Gorleston, the Middleton Arms (twice), The Albion, The Ferryboat Inn, Lichfield Arms, The Great Eastern, The Wellington and the Norfolk Tavern.