Emotional reunion at Didsbury FC

MANY club and league legends enjoyed a great day at Didsbury FC with ‘old’ boys from Burnage HSOB, Metro FC, Burnage Metro and Didsbury at a match played in memory of some club heroes.

The main organiser was Mal Maginn, a former President of the L & C,  who has been involved in the club for the best part of 50 years and also played in the game before pulling several muscles that he never knew he had forcing an early exit from the game.

Mal said: “The main purpose of the event was in memory of Ross Fowler- the son of my schoolmate Stuart Fowler and both played for the Burnage HSOB for many years.

“Ross sadly died in December 2019 in Colorado but the planned event was prevented by Covid until the recent lifting of some restrictions.

“It was also in memory of Mick Marchington, who also played for Burnage HSOB and sadly died recently when walking in the Peak District and other Old Boys no longer with us.

“Paul and his son Chester videoed the game and other events on the day which I will forward to Ross Fowler’s wife Ann and the kinds in the US and also to Mick’s wife Lorren.”

There was a great attendance of former players watching the game and enjoying refreshments and the presentation outside their splendid clubhouse after the game and it was good to see Mo Perkins back in action with a superb performance running the line in his inimitable style.

The trophy was presented to Alistair Fowler, brother of Ross by L & C league committee member Keith Marsden.

Burnage HSOB was founded in 1938 and has played for many years at Didsbury Sports Club.

They initially played in the Lancashire Amateur FL before joining the L & C in 1999.

Metro FC was founded in 1982 and switched from the Stockport League to the L & C in 1992.

The two clubs merged in 2002 to form Burnage Metro and subsequently changed their name to Didsbury FC and was joined by three senior teams from Chorltonians in 2020.