England hero Banks to speak at Rainworth

England keepers Alan Hodgkinson and Gordon Banks
England keepers Alan Hodgkinson and Gordon Banks

England’s 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks, and comedian John Styles (son of another 1966 hero Nobby) will be the guest speakers when Rainworth stage their next Sports Evening in the Miners’ Welfare concert room on Thursday.

The evening is open to both gentlemen and ladies, and tickets at £30 will include the customary high quality buffet meal.

An extra attraction for fans of League Two neighbours Mansfield Town, will be a question and answer session with Stags’ assistant manager Adam Murray, a good friend to the club, plus the leading scorer from their promotion season back to the Football League, Matt Green, now with Birmingham City.

Additionally, copies of the book Meatpies and Microphones by Simon Mapletoft will be available for sale at a bargain price of just £10, a saving of £4.95 on the cover price. These can also be purchased on match days.

Simon, who now fronts the television channel ‘At The Races’, was previously sports editor of the Mansfield Chad newspaper and the ‘voice of Mansfield Town’ for BBC Radio Nottingham, and his book includes a chapter on following the then all-amateur Rainworth MW on their incredible run to the FA Vase final at Wembley in 1982.