Golden oldies answer call to arms at Hucknall Town

NHUD Combined Services Football-3'Members of the Nottingham All Stars and the Combined Services Football teams pictured with match sponsors at Watnall Road on Thursday
NHUD Combined Services Football-3'Members of the Nottingham All Stars and the Combined Services Football teams pictured with match sponsors at Watnall Road on Thursday
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Armed Forces Day was marked in Hucknall by a high-profile football match that featured veteran former Nottingham Forest and Notts County stars.

A crowd of 538 turned up at Hucknall Town’s Watnall Road ground to watch an entertaining clash between a Nottingham All Stars side and a Combined Services team, made up of players from the Army, the Royal Navy and the RAF.

The array of ex-Forest players on view included ex-England internationals Des Walker and Steve Hodge, plus Steve Chettle, of Bulwell, ex-Hucknall Town trio Des Lyttle, David Johnson and Craig Armstrong, Jason Lee, Nigel Jemson, Dele Adebola, Gary Bull, Alan Wright, Bryn Gunn, Darren Hayes, Ian Breckin and Steve Guinan.

Former Magpies taking part included Tommy Johnson, Michael Johnson, Ian Richardson, Craig Short and Lawrie Dudfield.

Current Town boss Duncan Russell, who spent 22 years in the Army and used to coach the Combined Services team, was also there.

The match, which the All Stars won 2-1, was organised by Nottingham City Council in conjunction with Town as part of countywide celebrations for Armed Forces Day.

“It was a big success, and there was a good family atmosphere,” said a council spokeswoman.“The players were brilliant, with the supporters signing autographs and inviting youngsters on to the pitch at the end of the match for a penalty shootout.

“The feedback we received from players, supporters, sponsors Vision Express and the military was very good.” The winner of a schools’ competition to design a cover for the match programme was won by nine-year-old Abigail Webber, of Kirkby.