Hednesford Town supporters, young and old, took great pleasure in spending a nostalgia tinged evening celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Club’s famous 1996/97 FA Cup run with members of the squad and former officials on Saturday evening at Keys Park.
Compere, Tim Beech of Radio WM, held fort expertly during the evening, holding impromptu interviews with luminaries of the 1996/97 season including Steve Essex, Andy Comyn, Stuart Lake, John Baldwin and Joe O’Connor as highlights of all the games leading up to Middlesbrough were played.
The Pitmen’s record goalscorer, O’Connor, was the hero of the night as the scores of fans who attended cheered his opening goal at the Riverside Stadium on the big screen.
Organiser Scott Smith stated how well the evening went and wanted to thank those who turned out and also the ex-players who attended.
‘The evening really was enjoyable and was a superb way to celebrate the anniversary. The raffle and tickets assisted in raising funds for the SA and I would like to express my gratitude to the players, staff and supporters who made the night such a resounding success.’
Smith presented current Chairman, Steve Price, and John Baldwin with a signed Middlesbrough shirt to commemorate the event and Club Secretary, Terry McMahon, proudly stated how well the evening went.
‘It was great to see our younger supporters remembering that famous day and working so hard for the Club to stage the event. All those who attended had a great evening and the appearance of members of the 1996/97 squad was fantastic.’