East Budleigh Football Club set for big reunion this Saturday

PUBLISHED: 11:37 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:37 20 July 2018

East Budleigh FC is holding a reunion for all former players and supporters at The Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Saturday, July 21, from 7.30pm. Picture: Contributed

East Budleigh FC is holding a reunion for all former players and supporters at The Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Saturday, July 21, from 7.30pm. Picture: Contributed

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This Saturday (July 21) the Sir Walter Raleigh Inn at East Budleigh is playing host to a reunion of players, management and supporters of the village football club.

East Budleigh FC is holding a reunion for all former players and supporters at The Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Saturday, July 21, from 7.30pm. Picture: ContributedEast Budleigh FC is holding a reunion for all former players and supporters at The Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Saturday, July 21, from 7.30pm. Picture: Contributed

The gathering is to celebrate the 40th anniversary of what remains, to date, the most successful single season in the club’s history.

The 1977-78 campaign saw East Budleigh win what was then the Intermediate Division One East and they also bagged a hat-trick of cup wins, lifting the Grandisson Cup and the Golesworthy Cup and then, as happened in those days, a Golesworthy Cup win meant you then played a select XI for the Grange Cup and East Budleigh won that too!

The team had joint leading scorers that season with John West and Kevin White being the two players that shared the bulk of the goal-scoring duties.

This Saturday’s gathering has been organised by Mark Paver and Simon Pratt, who was the right back of the team in ’77-78.

East Budleigh FC is holding a reunion for all former players and supporters at The Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Saturday, July 21, from 7.30pm. Picture: ContributedEast Budleigh FC is holding a reunion for all former players and supporters at The Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Saturday, July 21, from 7.30pm. Picture: Contributed

Simon continued to play, finally hanging up his boots at the age of 43 at the end of the 1999-2000 season. There is a tinge of sadness linked to the reunion because some of those involved in that tremendous season are no longer here.

Simon Pratt explained: “The team manager was Bob Murdoch and he sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago and I knew he was looking forward to this evening and we also recently lost dear old Bobby Hill, who was our centre-half, and he too would certainly have been with us given the opportunity.”

It is hoped that as many folk as possible will attend the gathering, which promises to be an evening filled with lots of footballing nostalgia!

The final word on the night goes to organiser Simon Pratt, who says: “It is very much an ‘open door’ night and I truly hope that anyone who wants to does indeed come along and join us.

East Budleigh FC is holding a reunion for all former players and supporters at The Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Saturday, July 21, from 7.30pm. Picture: ContributedEast Budleigh FC is holding a reunion for all former players and supporters at The Sir Walter Raleigh Inn on Saturday, July 21, from 7.30pm. Picture: Contributed

“It will be great to see all the lads again – and, of course, all those good folk that every team needs to have in and around them.”

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