The Fleetwood Town Former Players Association had their third meeting on Thursday at Poolfoot Farm with a record 35 members in attendance.
Former players enjoyed reminiscing over their playing days, with a selection of team photographs and match programmes prompting nostalgic trips down memory lane for the ex-Cods.
Recently crowned World Cup winner Billy Crellin joined the group and passed around his under 17s world champion medal before posing for pictures.
Tony Collier, Secretary of the Association, commented: “It’s been a really good turnout, numbers have increased which is something we’re hoping to do each month. The guys I’ve spoken to have really enjoyed it and everyone mixed very well, with ages ranging from mid-40s to 80s. There was a lot of banter which is great to see and let’s hope we can continue to build.”
Former Cod, Andy Haddock, added: “I have so much affection for the club, of all the clubs I played for it’s the only one I come back to. I was here the first time and there was only about ten of us and it’s grown a lot. It’s been 50 years since I saw some of the guys, so it’s great to come down and see everyone.
“A lot of clubs have improved but this has got to be number one with the way it’s turned around. I’ve got friends who think because of the division they’re in that Fleetwood are small time but then I bring them here and they and they can’t believe it. My grandkids think I played at Poolfoot so I tell them I did!”
Alan Tinsley, player and manager through the 70s and 80s, said: “It’s good history to do it all and then come back here with guys I played with and who played before me. I remember making an FA Cup out of silver paper and cardboard and going to watch some of these guys play for Fleetwood.
“We all come here and reminisce about the old times, but we look at this venue and wish we’d been able to play and train on these pitches – it’s fantastic. I always thought Fleetwood could get to the top of non-league, but they’ve took it to another level and the big thing that stands out for me is that it’s all been done at top notch quality.
“Everything from the shop is first class and there’s no one in the league who’s got better facilities than Fleetwood. I can’t say enough good things about what they’ve done – they’ve set a standard.”