Wisbech bid farewell to Fenland Park

PUBLISHED: 10:40 16 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:46 10 September 2010

Adam Lazzari

Wisbech Town 0, King's Lynn 0 (Mark Jimson Testimonial): Former England striker Les Ferdinand, who started in non-league football, once described Fenland Park as the most intimidating place he had ever played at - and last night the final ball was kicked at the ground.

Wisbech Town 0, King's Lynn 0 (Mark Jimson Testimonial)

Former England striker Les Ferdinand, who started in non-league football, once described Fenland Park as the most intimidating place he had ever played at - and last night the final ball was kicked at the ground.

Several internationals have graced the Wisbech Town turf since the first match was played there on August 30, 1947 and three England Internationals - Jesse Pye, Bobby Langton and Billy Elliott - have worn the Wisbech colours on it. Two previous games have been thought to be the last matches at Fenland Park, but rearranged fixtures and plans have given the club a stay of execution.

Before last night's match, club historian Gordon Smith said: "This will be it. We've got to be out of here by noon tomorrow and there will be no more football at Fenland Park. It's a sad day.

"King's Lynn are fitting opponents. We've had many classic encounters over the years and in the 1950s matches between the two clubs attracted crowds of around 7,000."

Times have changed, and last night's match saw 350 supporters turn up - the highest crowd of the season so far.

A team of current and former Wisbech players lined-up against the King's Lynn side that featured former Leicester City attacker Julian Joachim, but injury restricted Mark Jimson to a late cameo.

Adam Smith hit the Wisbech post in the 32nd minute and Wisbech stopper Ian Pledger pulled off a fine save late in the game. Fifty-year-old Wisbech legend Jackie Gallagher drew the biggest cheers when he came on for the last 10 minutes before Jimson's arrival, and for the last time the crowd lifted the roof off the place.

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