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Football United event brings together some of the area's finest footballers in 60 year celebration

Footballers, Managers, coaches and volunteers from the Melton & Rutland football community came together at a special event hosted by Melton Town FC.

'Football Reunited' was put together by the club and hosted at their newly opened Pitchside Lounge and was open to anyone from the football community who was active between 1960 and 2020 marking 60 years of local sport.

Players from a number of teams including Melton Town, Holwell Sports, Asfordby FC, Cottesmore Amateurs and Petfoods were among the visitors who were invited to catch up on times gone by and remember those sadly no longer with us.

Mick Car who was Melton Town FC's Captain during the 1983/84 season spots himself on an old photograph. Photo: NEMM

A special auction also took place which included signed Leicester City FC football shirts and other items.

Pictured are Brian Read (Centre Half, Frisby 1974), Simon Cragg (Frisby and Petfoods 1978-2000, Kevin Cooper (Whissendine, Asfordby Amateurs, Rutland Athletic, Toy Soldiers 1978-2000) and Tim Curtis (Asfordby Amateurs, Toy Soldiers, Rutland Athletic, Melton Coronation 1993-2000). Photo: NEMM

Peter Thornton who played for a number of local teams including Asfordby Village, Frisby Sunday and Petfoods was one of those who attended and said it was great to bring people back together.

He said: "It's been really good because there's so many people who, though football, I've made so many friends with and to bring them all together in our later years is absolutely brilliant. What John Manship has done here is fantastic, such a great idea."

Peter Thornton and Brian Read enjoy a catch up at 'Football Reunited'. Photo: NEMM

More than 200 people attended the event which is hoped to be an annual feature in the Melton Town FC events calendar.

John Manship, Steve Freer and Ian Perks reminisce about old times. Photo: NEMM

Melton Town FC's home game was unfortunately called off today (Saturday) due to pitch issues which are now resolved. Melton Town FC play at Signright Park in Burton Road and regularly have some of the biggest crowds in the league.

Comedy at the Pitchside Lounge is the next event at the ground on 16th March, featuring Melton comic Jon Pearson, Britain's Got Talent's Jonny Awsum and Freddie Farrell.

Tickets are on sale now priced at £10 a ticket which includes a curry. Tickets are available by clicking here.

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