Ex-Walsden v the Vintage Clarets in holiday bonanza

Vintage Claret: Roger Eli pictured in his playing days
Vintage Claret: Roger Eli pictured in his playing days

A Bank Holiday cricket treat is being lined up with a family day in which the main match will pitch veterans of Walsden CC and FC against none other than Burney Football Club stars of the past.

It all takes place at Walsden Cricket and Bowling Club, Scott Street, Walsden, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 26, where Vintage Walsden v Vintage Clarets will do battle in the afternoon’s main event in a 20-20 match when wickets are pitched at 2.30pm.

And to cap it all, the mascot for the Premier League football side, Bertie Bee, will officially open proceedings at 12.30pm.

By way of an hors’ d’ouevres to the main event, earlier in the morning a Walsden under 9s side will play a Todmorden under 9s team in a 20-20 cricket match before Bertie opens the proceedings.

Bertie will then be in football action for an hour from 1pm to 2pm, when you will be able to challenge him in a penalty shootout, and you will also be able test the power of your shot with the “Speed Gun”, courtesy of Sportsvibe Burnley.

Lining up for the Vintage Clarets side will be John Deary, David Hamilton, George Oghani, Paul Atkinson, Liam Robinson, Graham Lancashire, Gerry Harrison, Ashley Hoskins, Craig Mawson, Phil Eastwood and Roger Eli.

For Walsden, the team is likely to include Heath Kennedy, Albert Ross, Chris Ross, Jason Mitchell, David Blake, David Walters, Bill Suthers, John Stobbs and Nigel Standige, among others, said organiser Scott Bell.

“After the 20-20 battle, it will be a case of into the pavilion for more family fun, compered by Michael “Braddy” Bradshaw.

There will be a raffle, stand-up bingo and a fantastic auction items go under the hammer for including a signed photo of Burnley striker Danny Ings, capturing the moment he scored the match winner against arch rivals Blackburn Rovers.

“All memorabilia has been supplied by Sporting Image,” said Scott.

The bar will be open all day and hot and cold refreshments will be served, he said.

Prices for the day’s entertainment are £4 for adults, £2 for children over 12, with children under 12 getting free admission, meaning it should make a good, affordable day out of fun for all the family, said Scott.

All children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

“We think it’s a great idea and the day will be fantastic,” he added.

Some of the Burnley players who make up the Vintage Clarets team were there at pivotal moments in Burnley’s recent history.

In 1987 Ashley Hoskins was in the team who beat Orient to retain the club’s league status.

George Oghani was in the Sherpa Van Final team at Wembley in 1988.

And midfield general John Deary and strikers Graham Lancashire and Roger Eli were in the side that finally began Burnley’s rise back up the Football League pyramid and divisions when they won the old Fourth Division title in 1991-92.