IT’S no secret that Dennis Hill is a sunbed lover – but he can’t be accused of simply being a loafer soaking up the rays.
The cheery Blackburn lad has played in a cup final at Wembley and also faced Ryan Giggs right at the beginning of both their careers.
Dennis was a member of the Clitheroe team that took on Brigg Town in the FA Vase final in 1996 below the old twin towers and he was up against Giggs in an FA Youth Cup game at Turf Moor in the early 90s.
“We lost 3-0 to Brigg but it was a great all-round experience. We went down on the Thursday and the game wasn’t until the Thursday. They came down the same day and did us,” said Dennis.
“But we had been to the Manchester United v Liverpool FA Cup final on the Saturday – the one where Eric Cantona scored to win the cup for United. We also went to the House of Commons and stayed in an absolutely fabulous hotel.”
Dennis joined Burnley in 1989 as a youngster and stayed until 1991. He went on to Torquay and then Airdrie during the time former Clarets’ manager Owen Coyle was a striker with the Scottish club.
After that Dennis went into the non-league scene nearer to home, which suited him fine. “It meant less travelling and of course I could be with my family,” he said.
He has two children, Thomas 16 and 13-year-old Britney. Dennis likes playing golf and snooker and added another string to his bow when he linked up with the VCs after playing against them.
“John Deary and Roger Eli took my number and it went on from there,” added Dennis. “”It’s great to see and play alongside some of the lads I played with as a pro. They are an absolutely fabulous bunch of lads and it’s great to be able to help out so many good causes too.”