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When Sherwood Played at Hillsborough!

2014-05-10

DREAMS DO COME TRUE!!!

What started out as an off the cuff remark turned into reality when Sherwood FC U15’s walked out on to Sheffield Wednesday’s ground to play a full 90 minute game against Holy Spirit Celtic U15’s.

Sherwood FC U15’s sponsor and parent to their goalie, Anthony Epworth, has been a long term supporter of Sheffield Wednesday.  His father, Eric Epworth watched Sheffield Wednesday play at Hillsborough in the 1930s.  In the 1950s and 1960s Eric was a referee for semi-professional leagues. In the 1960s and 1970s he was a founding member of the Newark & District Football League.  The last football match that Eric attended was Sherwood FC U14s –v- Holy Spirit Celtic U14s at the Beckett School in April 2013 when Sherwood beat Holy Spirit Celtic to take the league title.  Eric now lives in a residential home near Rutland Water.

Because of his passion for both Sheffield Wednesday and Sherwood FC, the team his son has been goalie for since the age of 8, Ep (as he is affectionately called by all who know him) jokingly made a remark about how fantastic it would be if Sherwood FC could walk out of the tunnel at Hillsborough and play a match on his beloved team’s ground therefore linking his two favourite teams. 

This tongue in cheek comment then planted the seed for Ep to make the necessary enquiries and hence turning the dream into reality!

Sherwood FC U15’s and Holy Spirit Celtic U15’s have been playing against each other since the 2007/08 season and have had some very close games but each one has been played in the spirit grassroots football should be played and therefore it was not a hard decision as to who should be invited to play in the Eric Epworth Testimonial Match.

The whole day was a memorable occasion for all who took part – the players who had the opportunity to use the changing rooms and walk out of the tunnel on to the pitch, the parents seeing their sons playing at a professional stadium and the Team Managers who can say they managed a team at Hillsborough!!!

The generosity of Ep can never be repaid but it is sincerely hoped that the experience on the day lived up to all his expectations.

 

A full match report can be found here