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Saltash based local football team St Stephens Borough celebrate ten years as a football club at the end of the 2007/08 season.

As part of the club’s celebrations to mark the occasion they have arranged a veterans football match against Football League Championship side Plymouth Argyle for the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday, 4th May 2008.

The game will take place in Kimberley Stadium, Saltash and will kick-off at 2.30pm.

Plymouth Argyle have named a strong provisional squad for the match and supporters of a certain age will recognise no fewer that seven players who played for Argyle in their FA Cup semi-final against Watford in April 1984.

Those players are: Gordon Nisbet, John Uzzell, Chris Harrison, Leigh Cooper, Tommy Tynan, Andy Rogers and Mark Rowe.

Harrison and Rowe have their own connections to Saltash as both went on to play for Saltash United and Harrison also had a spell managing the Ashes.

Leigh Cooper also had a spell managing Saltash United.

Also included in Argyle’s squad are former Arsenal goalkeeper Rhys Wilmot, Darren Tallon, Doug Anderson, Mark Damerell and Steve Davey.

Borough’s squad will comprise of local players who worn the Borough shirt at some time during the ten years of the club.

These will include the likes of Karl Arrowsmith, Kevin Fedrick, Shaun O’Melia, Rocky O’Rourke, Dave Rowse, Kevin Squires and Lee Stapleton who all played in the 1998/99 season and players from later seasons such as Martin Croft, Peter Footitt, Lee Manuel, Chris Pierce-Jones and James Prynn right up to current players Shane Blanks and Andy Wright.

Goalkeeping duties be shared by two local legends in Gary Homer and Richard Keith.

Current managers Steve Brown and Alistair Sampson will also be making an appearance.

Managing the team will be Borough’s first ever managers Phil Bennett and Mark Montell.

Borough are extremely grateful to local referees Shaun Edge, Keith Olver and Colin Penhorwood who have agreed to be the match officials.

It promises to be a most enjoyable afternoon as the veteran Saltash players take on some of the most successful Plymouth Argyle players of years gone by.

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Plymouth Argyle have released an updated squad list for their veterans match against Saltash based local football team St Stephens Borough on Sunday, 4th May 2008, kick-off 2.30pm, in Kimberley Stadium, Saltash.

If facing so many former professional players, some of whom have graced an FA Cup semi-final was not a hard enough proposition on its own for Borough Argyle have stated that this is possibly the best squad they have put together for some time.

New additions to the squad include striker Micky Evans who recently had a testimonial match at Home Park, ex Saltash United goalkeeper and current St Blazey manager Dave Philp, Martin Barlow, Colin Randell and John Matthews who also played for Arsenal.

The full squad is now: Dave Philp, Mark Damerell, Mark Rowe, Chris Harrison, Darren Tallon, Andy Rogers, Leigh Cooper, Tommy Tynan, Micky Evans, Martin Barlow, Gordon Nisbet, Neil Hague, Steve Davey, Dougie Anderson, John Matthews, Jamie Morgan, Colin Randell.

The Borough squad is: Gary Homer, Marc Montell, Karl Arrowsmith, Phil Bennett, Shane Blanks, Steve Brown, Martin Croft, Kevin Fedrick, Peter Foottit, Kristian Laine, Chris Lewis, Shaun O’Melia, Rocky O’Rourke, Chris Pierce-Jones, Jame Prynn, Dave Rowse, Alistair Sampson, Kevin Squires, Lee Stapleton, Phil Towl, Andy Wright.

With the match taking place over the Bank Holiday and Saltash May Fair weekend this will be a great opportunity to see some of Argyles finest players from years gone by putting on their boots once again and to see how the local players get on against them.

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St Stephens Borough Veterans 2

Plymouth Argyle Veterans 4

As part of their 10 year anniversary St Stephens Borough played a veterans football match against Plymouth Argyle veterans in Kimberley Stadium, Saltash, on the Sunday of May Fair weekend - 4th May 2008 - kicking off at 2.30pm.

In front of a crowd in the region of 300 people if not more Borough went down 4-2 to the team of ex professionals but gave as good as they got for the majority of the match.

Argyle drew first blood when Mark Damerell put them ahead only for Shane Blanks to quickly draw Borough level.

There were chances for both teams with Borough goalkeeper Gary 'The Cat' Homer saving brilliantly from Tommy Tyan whilst Chris Pierce-Jones and Lee Stapleton both went close for Borough before the half ended one goal apiece.

Argyle started to dominate for a spell at the start of the second half but the next goal was a brilliant header from Borough's Alistair Sampson. Unfortunately he headed into his own net to give Argyle the lead.

Further goals followed from Gary Penhaligon and Micky Evans for Argyle before Steve Brown gave the Borough fans something to cheer as he rounded the keeper before slotting home their second to make the final score 4-2 to the visitors.

This was an excellent game of football and afternoons entertainment and was thoroughly enjoyed by the large crowd which included the Mayor of Saltash Bob Austin and his wife as well as Cornwall County FA President Brian Conyon MBE.

St Stephens Borough are extremely grateful to everyone connected with Plymouth Argyle veterans, to the match referee Shaun Edge and his assistants Colin Penhorwood and Keith Olver and to Saltash United AFC for allowing the use of Kimberley Stadium and for providing the post match hospitality.

It is hoped to arrange a similar match next year as part of the May Fair celebrations.


St Stephens Borough: Gary Homer, Kevin Squires, Karl Arrowsmith, Peter Footitt, Dave Rowse, Rocky O'Rourke, Shane Blanks, Shaun O'Melia, Andy Wright, Kevin Fedrick, Chris Pierce-Jones., Subs: Richard Keith, James Prynn, Steve Brown, Kristian Laine, Alistair Sampson, Lee Stapleton, Martin Crofts, Mark Sweet

Plymouth Argyle: Peter Fox, Gary Penhaligon, Neil Hague, Chris Harrison, Darren Tallon, Mark Rowe, Leigh Cooper, Dougie Anderson, Mark Damerell, Micky Evans, Tommy Tyan. Subs: Gary Pascoe, Andy Riddle

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