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The inspiration for this tale was a dark, sombre afternoon in October 1994. Spirits had been high at the 450th Anniversary celebrations. The inaugural game of Old Boys v School resulted in a 7 - 0 thrashing for the Old Boys. I knew then that much work lay ahead. Just as Sir Alf Ramsey had to discard many who had served him well I knew that for some their best years were behind them. I had to cut away the dead wood. Gone were Andrew Burrows, Eddie Reid, Phil Chandler and Steven Houghton. Even ex-Everton Geoff Nulty was to be a casualty in the fight to avoid a repeat of the 450th Anniversary massacre. Father Time is cruel. The team selected in January was decimated by injury and the lack of Phyllosan. Another team was selected. The team that was selected was very able to say the least. The final touches were applied in the last week of September. Then disaster struck again. Several injuries befell the squad. In the best traditions of a Graham Taylor England squad, several last minute replacements were called up. Only two players from last year remained. I questioned whether the squad had sufficient experience. The following team was assembled:

H Nulty (68-75)
Vine(70-76) Rhodes(67-73) Drewett(72) Cain(65-72) Drewett (72)
North (80-85) Dooley (82-87)
Valentine(52-59) Donnelly(68-75) Hayes (80-87). Sub: JAnders (69-74)

The team played some excellent football, albeit at a slow pace. Soon the Old Boys were 5 - 0 in front thanks to the excellent finishing of Kingsley Hayes. By the time Nulty added the seventh with a far-post header from a comer the School's morale was low.

The final score was 10-2 to the Old Boys, a late flurry o'f goals spoiling the excellent defensive performance of the older side. The scorers for the Old Boys were; Hayes(4), Vine(2), Nulty(l), North(l), Drewett D(2).
Special thanks from myself to all who took part. Thanks to Jim Taylor for watching and to the School for staging the game. Special thanks to Jim Anders who played at ten hours notice and came on as substitute and rolled bade the years with a vintage performance. Who needs "Classic Match Of The Day"?


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