Newmarket Town Veterans manager Gordon Reed selects his All-Time XI
While the 2019/20 football season will forever be remembered for the impact of the coronavirus, it was also a campaign in which Gordon Reed reached a milestone.
Reed – father of well-known local footballers Lee and Sam – chalked up his 25th term as part of the Newmarket Town Veterans.
He first joined the team in a playing capacity and has since gone on to take over the managerial reigns. But who made the cut when it comes to his Veterans All-Time XI?
GK: Tony Coombes
Coombsy was a great goalkeeper who had played for the Town first team for many years.
He was a brilliant stopper but his team-mates called him Dracula – not sure why?!
He pulled his hamstring badly in a game and never played again – a big loss.
RB: Gary Grainger
Known as Lugs. A tidy full-back who was also an ex-Newmarket first team player.
My long lasting memory of Gaz was him squaring up to a winger with the immortal line ‘stick em up’– priceless!
CB: Colin Vowden
Vowdy was a colossus at the back. He could head a ball further than I could kick it.
Had a distinguished career at the highest non-league level.
CB: Laurence Harvey
A very calm footballer who never look flustered. Certainly a better player than tipster! Always looking for out his bestie Pauly!
LB: Paul Crawford
Pauly is thebrother of ex-Town player Tommy ‘Tango’ Crawford. He loves a tackle as much as his bestie Loz!
He is good in the air as well for a wee man.
RW: Dave Burton
Burty in his prime unplayable. By the time he got to the veterans he was unrecognisable.
A lovely cheeky player who single-handedly could destroy defences at times..
CM: Dave Hollis
Dave has only played for us for the last two seasons after moving down from Leicester.
Unfortunately he’s now moving back. Unashamedly I can say he was the best player ever to play for us. A big loss he will be.
CM: Bobby Jenkins
Jenko is a true Town legend. Tigerish in the middle, he never came off second best and was a great footballer. Who can forget him on our Dublin trips in the late 90s!
LW: Steve Hockley
Hocks was a real talent with a magic left foot. The club were devastated when he was tragically killed in a RTA. A quiet guy off the pitch and remember him coming on the Dublin trips with his dad.
CF: Steve Kearns
I played alongside Steve for the vets and without doubt he was the best all-round striker I ever partnered.
He also had a distinguished career in the local non-league scene
CF: Percy Pearson
Percy is a well known local footballer from down the years. A magician on the ball who only seemed to score worldies.
I can recall being on the pitch with him, but just being mesmerised watching him.
He is our current goalkeeper after I talked him into playing. Was a team-mate of mine 30 years ago. Very agile and has won us a few games this season
Fozzy, like myself, is one of the originals from 25 years ago. He still runs around like he did then! Super fit and an all-round nice guy.
Peaky has also played for many years. Very good on the ball and is very versatile – can play almost anywhere.
Sharpy is unlucky not to make the 11. He retired at the end of last season and is sorely missed both on the pitch and in the changing room. Certainly knew where the net was.
Had to include Connors as he would have made my life hell! He definitely likes a moan on the pitch, but he does put in a shift and has scored some cracking goals this season.
Had to include Don as he partnered me for a few seasons up front and his performances actually made me look good.
Can still hear the groans all round when his name was mentioned on the team sheet!
I cannot even begin to compare myself to the standard played by the above guys – I’m just pleased it gets me out on a Sunday morning.
I must also mention my assistant Edgar Goodchild and another ex-Town legend – club secretary Dave Wright.
All-Time XI Series (click on the individual to view their team)
Steve Holder, Brady Stone, Bill Flynn, Martin Westcott, Josh Pope, Shaun Avis, Michael Shinn, Craig Nurse, Alex Archer, Luke Butcher, Paul Musgrove, Danny White, Jarid Robson, Gareth Simpson, Sam Reed, Olly Hughes