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Cambridge City legends roll back the years at Lilywhites reunion




City legend and former prolific goal scorer Gary Grogan is reunited with Geoff Hancocks who were both part of the 1985/86 Southern League, Southern Division Championship winning squad. Picture: Andrew Dunn (51415375)
City legend and former prolific goal scorer Gary Grogan is reunited with Geoff Hancocks who were both part of the 1985/86 Southern League, Southern Division Championship winning squad. Picture: Andrew Dunn (51415375)

Memories of Cambridge City Football Club from years gone by was the order of the day as former players reunited at the weekend.

The event was organised by the Facebook group ‘Cambridge City Football Club – The Milton Road Years’ which has more than 450 members with connections to the club.

The reunion saw players who have represented City from the last few decades get together at the Red Lion pub in Histon.

Members of the team that won the Southern League, Southern Division title in 1985-86 were present including City legends Gary Grogan and Steve Gawthrop together with fellow squad members Geoff Hancocks and Pete Lindsay.

It was not just the championship side of 1985/86 that was represented as a trio from the Southern League Championship side of 1962/63 also attended. Striker Alan Banks who signed for City from Liverpool was joined by fellow striker Albert Derrick and wing-half Reg Pearce.

Alan Banks with former City captain Steve Gawthrop. Banks was part of the 1962/63 Southern League Championship winning side before moving to Exeter City. Picture: Andrew Dunn (51415373)
Alan Banks with former City captain Steve Gawthrop. Banks was part of the 1962/63 Southern League Championship winning side before moving to Exeter City. Picture: Andrew Dunn (51415373)

Steve Fallon and Chris Tovey, who are two of City’s most recent managers, were at the event together with some of the squad that played under them.

Meanwhile Bob Wilson, who was in goal for the first floodlit match at Milton Road, and fellow goalkeeping legend Ray Peacock also joined the celebrations.

Clive Hillier, who is administrator of the Facebook group and who organised the event, said: “Milton Road, in its two stages, was the club’s home, and holds wonderful memories for generations of fans.

“A few of us watched the very first match as a professional club in August 1958 against Yeovil Town, and the last against Redditch United in April 2013.

“During that period there were some wonderful times, with some legendary players. I am delighted we were able to bring so many of those players together for such a fantastic reunion. It really was a fabulous night.”



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