Sir Trevor Brooking among fans at Saffron Walden Town president’s testimonial

PUBLISHED: 15:11 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 06 February 2017

Paul Daw, accompanied by club chairman, Martin Johnson, is applauded onto the pitch

Paul Daw, accompanied by club chairman, Martin Johnson, is applauded onto the pitch

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Sir Trevor Brooking was among the spectators for the Paul Daw testimonial match at Saffron Walden Town FC yesterday, which marked the club president’s 50 years service for the Bloods.

A 350-strong crowd were at Catons Lane to see the new Paul Daw stand unveiled as well as an entertaining 3-3 draw between a mix of current first team players and a Walden legends team.

The testimonial raised around £4,000 to fully fund the new stand sign and the remaining money will go towards new floodlights, which is Paul’s next aim for the club.

Former Manchester United player Luke Chadwick took part in the match along with a host of Saffron Walden Town stars from the past, including current manager Stuart Wardley.

Paul, 66, is also a former Cambridge United secretary and has had club histories for the U’s and the Bloods published over the years.

Sir Trevor Brooking with Paul DawSir Trevor Brooking with Paul Daw

He said: “It was fantastic and a truly wonderful day. To see so many familiar faces among the crowd was special.

“Sir Trevor Brooking was a fantastic ambassador for the FA and he spent a lot of time signing autographs and posing for pictures.

“I also sat with him in the second half and we had a very nice chat.

“I’d like to thank Jonathan Scripps for organising the whole thing, he did a great job.

“The whole weekend was wonderful really as I was a guest of Cambridge United on Saturday in their game against Plymouth and they treated me very well.

“The weekend was topped off when after the game I was given a lovely letter from Steve Bruce, the Aston Villa manager, inviting me to a match a Villa Park in the next few weeks.

“My family were all Aston Villa fans, but due to my involvement with Saffron Walden, I don’t get the chance to get up there much.”

Jonathan Scripps, first team secretary, said: “The whole day went perfectly and I think Paul was really moved by it.

“Everything went really well and the £4,000 we raised paid for the sign and will go towards some new floodlights for the club, which was Paul’s choice.

“I’d like to say thank you to Cambridge United for their sponsorship of the game and also the ground staff at the club, who spent a lot of time this week making sure the pitch was ready.”

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