‘Dream team’ return to relive Grantham FC’s golden years

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Football fans will have a chance to wallow in the nostalgia of Grantham FC’s golden era at a fundraising event.

Former club stalwarts Ernie Nixon, Ronnie Harrison and Bobby Norris will take centre stage for the Remember When event at the MCS Centre on Friday, March 14.

The trio, who all played during Grantham’s most successfull period in the early 1970s, will take part in a question and answer session,

Other players from the era still living locally are also expected to turn out for the event, which will also include a quiz, auction of Nottingham Forest memorabilia and fish and chip supper.

‘Referee’ for the evening will be funny man John Burns, a club supporter when he lived in Grantham in the 1970s and 80s.

Grantham Town chairman Peter Railton will give an introduction, highlighting latest developments at the club as it makes progress towards emulating the triumphs of the past.

Just 100 tickets are available for the sportsman’s night, and the cost is £15 including the supper.

The event will raise funds for Grantham Carnival Association and the Grantham Journal’s Children’s Appeal and is being organised by carnival chairman Roy Wright.

Roy, who has been carnival committee chairman for 30 years and is a long-time Gingerbreads supporter, said the informal evening would be a great opportunity for supporters to discover more about the club’s most exciting era under manager Terry Bly.

During his reign, the former Peteborough United and Coventry City striker led his men to four Midlands League crowns, two Midlands League Cup triumphs, a victory in the Lincolnshire County Cup and FA Cup wins over Rochdale and Stockport County of the Football League.

Most memorably of all, Grantham FC entertained Jack Charlton’s Second Division Middlesbrough in the FA Cup 40 years ago, when the former England defender heaped praise on the non-league side.

Included in the team that day were centre forward Nixon, who lives at Ancaster, centre half Harrison and inside left Norris.

l Tickets are available from the MCS Centre bar at The Meres, or from Roy Wright, tel 07796 183392.