Thursday, 23 September 2021

Watlington Town FC player scores at Wembley

A FOOTBALLER from Watlington scored a goal at Wembley Stadium after winning a competition.

A FOOTBALLER from Watlington scored a goal at Wembley Stadium after winning a competition.

David Heycock, of Chiltern Gardens, was one of 30 football fans who played a game as part of a two-day experience organised by Vauxhall, a sponsor of the England team.

The Watlington Town FC player was coached by Gary Neville during training at the new England headquarters in Burton before staying at the England team hotel and travelling to Wembley to play in the match.

The teams were captained by former Premier League players Graeme Le Saux and Steve Claridge and managed by Stuart Pearce and Ray Wilkins. Howard Webb refereed the match.

Mr Heycock, a fireman, said: “It was unbelievable sitting in the Wembley changing rooms, listening to Ray Wilkins give a team talk. Knowing you are about to run out on to the pitch was pretty surreal.

“My son Josh asked me how I celebrated my goal but I was that dumbstruck by scoring at Wembley that I couldn’t remember.”

Mr Heycock, 39, a Newcastle United fan, said Josh was jealous of him, although his wife, Marie, and two daughters were not as impressed.

He said: “Josh got very annoyed with me when the Carling Cup final was on TV because I kept popping into the room and telling him I was going to play there.”

Christ Hornbuckle, Vauxhall’s head of sponsorship, said: “To fulfill the childhood dreams of England fans is something we are very proud of and we are planning more competitions and activities.”

COMPOSTING is to take place at Agrivert in Benson on two Saturdays.

The anaerobic digestion site will be open on April 6 and May 11 from 7am to 4pm and the compost site will be open from 8am to 4pm.

Harry Waters, commercial director for Agrivert, said the extra opening hours would be necessary in order to catch-up following the Easter bank holiday weekend which traditionally generates a lot of garden waste.

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