Matlock Town stars of yesteryear are set to meet up again at the Shorts Lounge in a reunion night on Friday 5 April.

Gladiators fans old and new are invited to attend and meet a host of old favourites, most of whom wore Town’s blue shirt in the opening ten years of the current century.

Former striker Steve Taylor has been busy on the telephone and on social media assembling the troops and the expected list of attendees is currently as follows (with others still to cofirm):

Goalkeepers—–Andy Richmond

Defenders——Chris James, Dave McNicholas, Ryan Davis, Brian Horseman, Paul Riley

Midfielders—-Steve Warne, Gareth Davies, Phil Brown, Rockie White, Steve Circuit, Kris Bowler, Jamie Evans, Sean Hutchinson

Wingers–Richard Taylor,

Strikers–Steve Taylor, Danny Holland, Ian Askey, Dene Cropper, Stacey Reed, Kevin Gee, Nathan Benger.

Long serving physiotherapist Mick Cunningham will also be present.

Unfortunately long serving former captain James Lukic will not be there due to a family commitment.

During the first five years of this century, Matlock won promotion to the NPL Premier Division as runners up to Hyde United in 2003/04 and won the Derbyshire Senior Cup under the management of Ernie Moss. Phil Brown and Gareth Williams took over from Moss in the summer of 2004 and won silverware in their first season as Matlock beat Whitby Town in a two legged NPL Cup Final. Two years later Matlock qualified for the NPL Premier Division end of season play-offs but lost out to Witton Albion after extra time in the semi final.

“We’re hoping for a good turnout from our fans on the night” Said Chairman Tom Wright. “It’ll be fascinating to reminisce over old times with some great former Matlock players. I’m sure there’ll be some funny and interesting tales told on the night.”

The night gets under way at 7.30 pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided.

Ian Richardson

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