Pompey stars turn back the clock for Horndean match

SKILLS Right, Joe Laidlaw at the 125th anniversary match. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122594-716)
SKILLS Right, Joe Laidlaw at the 125th anniversary match. Pictures: Allan Hutchings (122594-716)

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FOOTBALLING legends turned out in force to mark Horndean Football Club’s 125th anniversary.

The club, based in Five Heads Road, marked the occasion with a football match between the club and ex Pompey stars.

WHISTLE Craig Anstey is fouled. (122594-688)

WHISTLE Craig Anstey is fouled. (122594-688)

It kicked off six months of celebrations which director Ian Sheppard hopes will raise money to go towards renovations at the club.

More than 100 people watched the match on Sunday where the average age of the players was well in the fifties.

Mr Sheppard, 49, played in defence in what was an exciting match where Alan Knight’s Blues only just clinched a winner in the last 30 seconds.

The father-of-one said: ‘The final score was 5-4 to Portsmouth but it was a hard fought match.

‘It was nil–nil at the end of the first half so you can imagine how exciting the second half was.

‘To be honest with you there were a lot of middle-aged men walking round with aches and pains afterwards where they hadn’t played for a few years.

‘I think it was a case of the mind being willing but the body wasn’t so much.

‘But it was great fun. After our story appeared in The News on Thursday quite a few people contacted me and asked if they could come along.

‘It was great to see some old faces and about 120 people came out to watch.

‘We want to hear from as many of the old members as possible to celebrate this important year.’

The club was set up by the Heath family and run by Gladys Berry – who the club house is being renamed after.

Among those who turned out for Pompey were Guy Butters, Sean Gale, Joe Laidlaw and Louis Bell.

Over in the Horndean camp Mr Sheppard was joined by, among others, Matt Short and Brian Marsh.