Remembering the day England came to play

Trevor Gould (Aylesbury United manager) with Bobby Robson (England manager)
Trevor Gould (Aylesbury United manager) with Bobby Robson (England manager)

AN approach from a football magazine had our intrepid Bucks Herald photographers scanning through the archives for some of the most memorable pictures taken in the history of Aylesbury United this week.

When Saturday Comes magazine have been researching and preparing an article on the Aylesbury United versus England game at the now defunct Buckingham Road ground in 1988.

The England team that came to Aylesbury on June 10 1988

The England team that came to Aylesbury on June 10 1988

The magazine decided to run the feature, which is in the latest issue out today (Wednesday), as England prepare for Euro 2012.

That’s because the Ducks versus England match on June 4 1988 is believed to be totally unique as the only time an England first team has played an official match against a non-league side.

The England team, made up of the likes of Bryan Robson, Gary Lineker, John Barnes, Chris Waddle, Peter Shilton, Peter Beardsley, Mark Wright and a host of other stars, were being put through their paces by legendary manager Bobby Robson ahead of the Euros 1988 in what was then West Germany. Managing the Ducks at the time was the club’s most successful ever boss Trevor Gould.

Arts editor for When Saturday Comes, Doug Cheeseman, said: “We thought it was a unique and quote odd event really and with the Euros coming up the perfect time to do a feature.

“The pictures are great and really capture the excitement of the occasion.”

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