Sir Trevor Brooking among fans at Saffron Walden Town president's testimonial
PUBLISHED: 15:11 06 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:11 06 February 2017
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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.
Paul Daw Testimonial
Paul Daw Stand at SWTFC
Sir Trevor Brooking, former Saffron Walden mayor Heather Asker, Malcom from Saffron Walden Town FC and Paul Daw watch the action.
The Paul Daw stand is unveiled
Action from the Paul Daw Testimonial
Programme for the Paul Daw Testimonial
With the familiar backdrop of St Mary's Church, the testimonial match gets under way.
With the familiar backdrop of St Mary's Church, Paul Daw prepares to be piped from the pitch, ready to watch the testimonial match
Paul Daw at his testimonial match
Paul Daw before kick-off
Paul Daw, accompanied by club chairman, Martin Johnson, is applauded onto the pitch
Paul Daw in front of the stand which has been named in his honour
Paul Daw, and the players, prior to the kick-off of his testimonial
The players and mascots applauding Paul Daw
Sir Trevor Brooking with Paul Daw
Ex Manchester United player Luke Chadwick in action
Luke Chadwick in action in Paul Daw's testimonial, which ended 3-3
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.
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.”