Weekend for veterans

IT was a footballing veterans' weekend at Fakenham and Wells.The Fakenham club staged a highly successful Friday night re-union to mark its 125th anniversary and the next day Wells Town stalwarts played in a match to help the Seasiders' broken leg victim Craig Rutland.

IT was a footballing veterans' weekend at Fakenham and Wells.

The Fakenham club staged a highly successful Friday night re-union to mark its 125th anniversary and the next day Wells Town stalwarts played in a match to help the Seasiders' broken leg victim Craig Rutland.

Fakenham Town Football Club had a surprise in store for long-serving Brian Woodhouse.

He was invited to unveil a plaque which revealed that the Clipbush Park clubhouse would be named after him in appreciation for all his work for the club, and county football, over the years.


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From manager of a highly successful under-18 team, Mr Woodhouse went on to become club chairman and then chairman of Norfolk County FA.

Fakenham vice-chairman Paul Wright thanked Mr Woodhouse for all he had done for the club at a packed re-union which it is now hoped to repeat on a regular basis.

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At Beach Road, Wells, on Saturday supporters turned out to back a charity football match that included players for whom it was at least 20 years since they ran out onto the Wells turf.

A Wells Veterans side played a Select Veterans outfit, and it was certainly a blast from the past.

Players such as Steve Askew, Stewart Woodhouse, Simon Barnes, Phil West, John Musgrove, Mark Greenacre, Mark Dewson, Craig Yarham, Chris Hitchings and Mark King were just a few who turned out.

Thanks went to all local shops who gave raffle prizes, along with a signed Norwich City shirt which was auctioned.

A total of �650 was raised on the day.

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