England legends team heading for Communications Park

GUEST SPEAKER - Gordon Banks
GUEST SPEAKER - Gordon Banks

Daventry Town have organised an England Legends match at Communications Park to coincide with the opening World Cup game against Italy in Brazil on June 13.

Both Michael Owen and Paul Scholes have been mentioned as possible starters for the Browns Road encounter against a Daventry Over-30s Select XI.

A black tie dinner will follow at about 6pm, with former England goalkeeper Gordon Banks the guest speaker.

Banks was credited with the world’s greatest save when denying Brazil’s Pele in the 1970 Mexico World Cup.

After eating, diners will watch the England versus Italy encounter on television, while a big screen will be erected on the main pitch subject to approval from Daventry District Council.

The football extravaganza is the brainchild of former Daventry Town commercial manager Terry O’Neill, who has previous experience of bringing the Manchester United, Liverpool and Aston Villa veterans to Communications Park.

Breakfasts, barbecues, karaoke, discos and children’s entertainment will also feature on the menu according to clubhouse licensee Dennis Job.

“We then plan to repeat the whole exercise 15 days later,” he said.

“On World Cup final night (Sunday, July 14th) an International Veterans team will be the main attraction and the big TV screen will make another appearance after being successfully used at the ground for the 2010 World Cup and the Euros two years later.”

In the more immediate future the Town have also arranged a race night for March 15 to raise funds for re-seeding of the currently mud-splattered main pitch next summer. A boxing contest is also back on the agenda by popular demand on August 9, before the 2014-15 Southern League campaign starts in earnest a week later.

Tensions meanwhile continue to rise in the Calor League Division One Central with half a dozen players red carded in Saturday’s matches involving new leaders Rugby Town and long-time pacemakers Dunstable Town.

Dunstable came off worst with top scorer Lee Roache sent off during a shock 1-0 defeat by Egham Town which followed another midweek reversal at Barton-le-Clay.

Rugby fared much better even though Nathan Haines got his marching orders as the classy David Kolodynski scored a second half hat-trick during the comprehensive 6-1 thrashing of play-offs hopefuls Royston.

The Valley have now played 28 league games, seven more than both Daventry Town and Aylesbury United, although other clubs up and down the country have been even more adversely effected by the continued wet weather.

Spare a thought for Wessex League club Stockbridge which has had 16 consecutive games postponed whilst Conference outfits Havant and Waterville still have another 23 league fixtures to fulfil.

Daventry are hoping to get back in action on Saturday when they are due to entertain Potters Bar Town.

Tuesday’s county derby against Kettering on Tuesday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.