Last hurrah for Jackie

PUBLISHED: 06:00 29 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:29 10 September 2010

Adam Lazzari

Wisbech Town legend Jackie Gallagher has re-signed for the Ridgeons League Premier Division outfit ahead of a final Fenland Park farewell.

Town manager Roy McManus plans to give the 49-year-old a chance to run out at Fenland Park one more time before the stadium is demolished at the end of the current season.

Adam Lazzari

Wisbech Town legend Jackie Gallagher has re-signed for the Ridgeons League Premier Division outfit ahead of a final Fenland Park farewell.

Town manager Roy McManus plans to give the 49-year-old a chance to run out at Fenland Park one more time before the stadium is demolished at the end of the current season.

First team coach and U18 chief Gallagher played in the Football League for Peterborough United and Wolves as well as stints in Sweden and the Republic of Ireland. The former King's Lynn striker also featured alongside England World Cup winner Bobby Moore in Hong Kong.

“Jackie's a Wisbech hero and has always been a real fan favourite,” said McManus. “The idea is to stick him on for the last 10 minutes of the last home game of the season. He would be 50 by then and I believe he would be the oldest player to ever play for Wisbech. Jackie is Wisbech through and through and I thought it would be a special occasion for him and the fans, who remember him playing at Fenland Park over the years.

“I thought about signing myself and doing the same thing but the league officials might send down all the paramedics they can if they see a 56-year-old signing as a player for the club.”

Town are without a league fixture this weekend.

tWroxham boss Damian Hilton is challenging his Norfolk Senior Cup winners to launch one final league push at Felixstowe & Walton today.

Wroxham trail leaders Soham by 11 points but Hilton's men have four games in hand on their title rivals.

“I realise it is a big ask,” he said. “But providing we convert our games in hand into points and don't get careless in the run in, I am optimistic that we are still in this title race.

“There are cracks appearing in the form of our main rivals, and I think the pressure is beginning to tell. We have won the cup for our fans who I feel had given up on the league. Now we are up for that again and hope to kick-start a winning sequence with three points at Felixstowe.”

Dereham's new boss Matty Henman is without captain Adam Gusterson (knee) for CRC's visit. Striker Robbie Harris (illness) and keeper Shaun Marshall (back injury) are doubtful but Henman drafts youngster Jay Eastoe-Smith into the Magpies' squad. Kirkley defender Nicky Stokeld (hamstring) is a doubt for King's Lynn Reserves' visit to Walmer Road.

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