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Feast of football marks milestones

There was a feast of football as two Newark area football teams celebrated a double anniversary at the weekend.

Newark Town and Collingham, who both have Sunday teams in Newark Alliance and Saturday sides in the Central Midlands Football League North Division, have reached significant milestones.

Newark Town (left) and Collingham. (4708450)
Newark Town (left) and Collingham. (4708450)

The feast of football was played at Collingham’s Station Road ground, where both teams play their home matches.

Town was celebrating its 150th anniversary and Collingham its 130th.

Matches were played throughout the afternoon, starting with the youngest of the juniors, and escalating up through the age ranges to a veterans’ match involving past players and coaches from both clubs.

Newark Town's Boz Ndoro and Chris Taylor. (4688197)
Newark Town's Boz Ndoro and Chris Taylor. (4688197)

The veterans’ game featured players donning period kit, including baggy long shorts and white shirts. Some donned flat caps and others sported big moustaches, either grown specially for the occasion or stuck on.

The game kicked-off after both sides had lined-up for a team shot and had shaken hands with each other in scenes reminiscent of a gentlemanly match-up from a bygone era.

While fun, the match proved hotly-contested.

Newark Town keeper Ricky Hunter, who is the first current team assistant manager. (4688196)
Newark Town keeper Ricky Hunter, who is the first current team assistant manager. (4688196)

Sarah Robinson, of Newark Town, joked: “While we love Collingham FC, it is a competition and we wanted it more. Newark Town smashed it, three-nil. Up the Blues.

“It was a tremendous day from start to finish and a real testament to the histories of both clubs.”

As well as the football, there were inflatable slides for children, a bar for adults, and a barbecue.


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