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The New Croft in Haverhill welcomed a star visitor when Sir Rod Stewart turned up

Imagine turning up to watch your child play in a youth football match and finding yourself standing next to one of the world’s biggest rock stars.

Well, that is exactly what happened at The New Croft in Haverhill on Sunday morning when none other than Sir Rod Stewart was to be found watching Haverhill Rovers U13 EJA (Eastern Junior Alliance) play a cup match against Harlow Town U13 EJA on the 3G pitch.

Sir Rod Stewart with Lisa Shulver during his visit to the New Croft in Haverhill
Sir Rod Stewart with Lisa Shulver during his visit to the New Croft in Haverhill

The 73-year-old, a well known lover of football, made quite an impression during his visit, happily chatting to staff and posing for photographs, while also complimenting them on their bacon rolls.

New Croft facilities manager, Peter Betts, said that although he wasn’t there during Sir Rod’s visit, staff members Lisa Shulver and Fiona Tokley both said he had ‘no airs and graces’ and had just turned up to watch a ‘family member’ play in the match, which Harlow won 1-0.

Mr Betts added: “Both girls said he was a really nice, friendly guy.

“I think in terms of people we have had at the New Croft, like Ray Wilkins, Paul Merson, Olly Murs and Matt Le Tissier, he is probably a cut above.”

Sir Rod is one of the biggest selling music artists of all time and has hadmore than 60 hit singles in the UK alone, of which more than 30 have been top ten hits.

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