by Mick Cain
VINTAGE CLARETS’ unbeaten run of form, stretching back to summer 2014, continued in sublime fashion at the weekend, as they ran out comfortable winners in a record breaking 11-2 victory against Football Fundraising.
The match, which was played at Nelson FC’s Victoria Park stadium, was a huge success for Football Fundraising as they aimed to raise much needed funds for chosen charities Kidneys For Life, and the Gary Parkinson Trust.
And to make the day even more special, Gary was in attendance to watch the game and see his ex team mates in action.
Following the success of last week’s Turn Out For Tommy event at Padiham, the VC’s fielded another strong line up which saw a very welcome debut for Andy Payton, as well as former youth player Terry Murphy, with the latter bagging a second half hat-trick!
Payton may also lay claim to a tap-in in the first half (and a debut goal), although Brad Maylett may have something to say about it as it looked to have crossed the line before Payton touched it!
There was also a fine moment of genius from David Eyres as he chipped the keeper from 35 yards with a truly wonderful finish.
VC’s also had a plethora of talent in the dugout at one point, with Chris Casper taking the managerial reigns for the first time – then joined by has father, ex Clarets boss Frank Casper and another ex boss, Stan Ternent!
After the game, which was also filmed by Burnley FC Media for Clarets Player, the players from both teams headed to Nelson Cricket Club to help take part in a raffle and auction of items, all intended to help boost the money raised for the chosen charities.
Burnley Football Club have also produced a short video of all the match goals!
The next game see’s Vintage Clarets take on Kenanks Utd at Belvedere on Sunday 23rd August. More details will be provided in due course.