Footballers of yesteryear relive fond memories at annual reunion

Footballers took a trip down memory lane  PHOTO: Barry Keen
Footballers took a trip down memory lane PHOTO: Barry Keen

Footballers of yesteryear took a nostalgic trip down memory lane at a special Aylesbury reunion event for at the weekend.

The “Memories” event at the Ex Services Club on Saturday gave players past and present from the Aylesbury district to get together and share stories.

Along with their friends and families the footballers enjoyed an evening of entertainment which is a firm fixture in the town’s calendar.

This was the 13th year that the event had run, and 75 men attended, a slight increase on 2012.

One of the organisers, Brian Rayner, said: “Ticket sales were initially slow but interest grew and we had a good turnout for the evening.

“We had a good range of ages, from people in their 20s and 30s right up to people in their 70s.

“Overall, everyone enjoyed themselves, and although we would have liked another 20 or 30 people in an ideal world, we can’t complain.”

Brian added that people came from right across the country to support the event.

He said: “It was great that people travelled from far and wide to attend.

“I think the people who came the furthest were a couple from Devon.

“Previously, we have had people travel from overseas to be here but that was not the case on this occasion.

“We had quite a lot of people from Hazells, which is obviously a lot closer to home, but overall it was a great event and we would like to thank everyone for coming.”

Brian said that planning was already well under way for next year’s event.

He said: “We have already set a date for next year’s event, which will be on October 11 2014.

“We have also booked the same band and venue as we did last year. We are now just hoping we can get more people to come and join us next year.”

Music was provided by The Kez, who are described as an old school rock’n’roll band based in Aylesbury.

Their repertoire of music from the 1950s through to the the 1980s includes The Beatles, The Kinks, and Status Quo.

Brian said the band really added to the atmosphere at the event.

He said: “Everyone really enjoyed the three-hour session that the band played.

“They played a lot of tunes from the 60s and 70s and they managed to get a lot of people up and dancing.

“We were so impressed with them we have already booked them for our reunion event in 2014.”