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Excellent turnout for March meeting for Former Players Association

1 March 2018

Former Players

Excellent turnout for March meeting for Former Players Association

1 March 2018

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Over 30 former players attended March’s Former Players Association meeting at Poolfoot Farm on Thursday.

New and old members shared stories, showed memorabilia and took a look at fantastic old photos.

One of the players present was Tony Eaves – a defender who represented the club in the late 60s and early 70s – spoke about seeing familiar faces for his time at Highbury.

“It’s great to see the guys, some of them I’ve not seen for a number of years.

“When you meet up there’s still things there, you talk about the old days, and it’s really nice to see the guys.

“The chairman organises these sorts of things and it’s nice that they think about all the old players.

“It’s just a dream come true really, coming here on a Thursday and see the players and watching them train.

“I just hope they have the success and stay in League One and hopefully get into the Championship.”

Derek Lancaster, who signed for the club back in 1973 as a striker spoke about how he joined the club because of the influence of manager Tommy White.

“The only reason I signed for Fleetwood was because of the manager,” said Lancaster.

“Tommy was an inspirational manager who’d been an ex-player himself so it resonated with a lot of us.

“We had a good season or two at that time, Wigan Athletic, Macclesfield, Altrincham were all in the Northern Premier League and we held our own with them.

“In fact, we beat Wigan in front of about 3,000 spectators at Highbury on a Tuesday night, and Tommy was player-manager and he led by example."

The next planned gathering will take place at Poolfoot Farm on Thursday 5th April at 10am. Further details may be obtained from the Association’s Chairman, Stuart Murdoch, by email or phone 07921 934775.

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