Billingshurst FC hold reunion match

Billingshurst Red & Blacks, below: Billingshurst Oranges
Billingshurst Red & Blacks, below: Billingshurst Oranges

It was a case of deja vu at Jubilee Fields, Billingshurst on Sunday, May 11, although for some, the previous sightings were anything up to 35 years ago.

Seven of the Billingshurst Beavers who had been Cup Winners and League Champions in the mid to late 70s, including legendary Horsham FC star Mark Stepney, were reunited with their manager Terry Wort.

Oranges: Kevin Tilley, Richard Fuller, Greg Anderson, Rick Skinner, Sean New, Andy Knight, Simon Cadwick'Front: Mark Summerfield, Gordon New, Chris Holmes, Kevin Sawyer, Richard Saunders (Missing Rob Nicholl) SUS-140514-114839002

Oranges: Kevin Tilley, Richard Fuller, Greg Anderson, Rick Skinner, Sean New, Andy Knight, Simon Cadwick'Front: Mark Summerfield, Gordon New, Chris Holmes, Kevin Sawyer, Richard Saunders (Missing Rob Nicholl) SUS-140514-114839002

Many had not seen Terry since 1979.

A remarkably competitive game ended with the Red and Blacks beating the Oranges 6-3, the pick of the goals a 20- yard chip from Steve Carver.

Sadly, achilles injuries to Ian Tobutt, Greg Anderson and Andy Knight ended their involvement as they succumbed to the ice-pack treatment before the hour mark, but a terrific performance from Owen Matthews, the Red and Blacks goalkeeper, proved to be the difference between the two sides.

A generous ovation from the crowd of over 70, including a significant number of former players too sensible to dig out the old boots, saw the players head to the bar for some well earned refreshment and a chance to catch up with long lost friends and to reminisce about days gone by.

It was a quite amazing day with extra special efforts made by Sean New jetting in from Orlando, Mark Elliott coming from Bristol, Simon Chadwick down from Stafford and a whole host of others from all over Sussex.

As day turned into night there was talk of contacting those who had not been able to make it and of attempting to do something even bigger and better next year.