Martin O’Neill was special guest at darts trophy night

Martin O'Neill presents Lord Harrowby ladies with their trophies. 5368 D7
Martin O'Neill presents Lord Harrowby ladies with their trophies. 5368 D7

EUROPEAN Cup winner Martin O’Neill was cutting his managerial teeth with Grantham Town when he agreed to pop along to Grantham and District Darts League’s finals night.

O’Neill, who would go on to manage Aston Villa and Celtic, was the special guest in June, 1988, but the real star of the night was Ken Fardell Jnr who took two doubles prizes alongside Katherine Price in the mixed doubles and Dave Baxter in the men’s pairs.

Here, O’Neill is pictured with Lord Harrowby ladies in a photo we believe has never been printed before. Lord Harrowby ladies won the ladies’ B league ahead of the Golden Fleece. Other winners on the night included Dusty Kettel, Brian Botherway, S. Gibson and G. Pilgrim who won the mixed foursomes.

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