Hundreds set for big reunion

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HUNDREDS of players and officials are expected to attend what can only be described as the football reunion to top them all.

A massive 2011 Grand Reunion for anyone who has played in or officiated in the Alfreton and District Sunday Football League, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, is being held on Sunday, June 12.

The venue is Lumb Farm on the outskirts of Ripley and the event kicks off at 2pm, running right through to 10.30pm.

The later finish will allow for the cricketing fraternity, so it doesn’t matter what time you turn up, there is almost certainly going to be someone there you will know.

The Alfreton Sunday League has attracted membership of teams down the years from Belper, Ambergate, Heage, Matlock, Wirksworth, Alfreton, Swanwick, Chesterfield, Ilkeston, Giltbrook, Eastwood and numerous others so memories will be plentiful.

Every single player, club and match official, referees, sponsors and even supporters who have been involved in any capacity since the league was first formed in 1968 are invited and welcome to attend.

The event will be a great chance to meet up and talk football with former team-mates and even opponents and referees!

Some other players attending who will be well-known to players and officials throughout the area are Kev O’Kine, Kev Jackson, Andy Jackson, Paul Jackson, Gerry Moran and Gordy Toft (all Archway 84), John Ashton, Andrew and Neil Doxey, Kieron Egan and Chris Robinson (Somercotes Crown Inn), referee Malc Gratton, Colin Higton, Shaun Hopkinson, Tigger Langton (Jacksdale), Loz Phillips (Derwent, Pinxton Miners Arms, etc), Tony Lowe and the Walters clan from Swanwick Villa and numerous others.

The emphasis is firmly on a family-orientated fun day.

Included on the day will be a hog roast, barbecue, bouncy castle and other rides for children, licensed bar throughout and fund raising events in aid of local charities including the Stan Brewster Memorial Tournament with some excellent prizes available.

The organiser is also inviting everyone attending to email in to reunion@tsargroup.co.uk and confirm their name, team(s) played for and the approximate era if known.

This will also help with catering arrangements.

A ‘Who is attending’ page can be viewed on the official Alfreton Sunday League reunion page at www.tsargroup.co.uk

All enquiries can be directed to organiser Andy Smithurst on 07875 468 504 or by emailing him at: reunion@tsargroup.co.uk

See you there!