Night of Blackpool FC 1992 memories of Wembley boosts charities by £2,500

A Legends dinner celebrating the 30th anniversary of Blackpool FC’s play-off triumph against Scunthorpe at Wembley raised more than £2,500 to be shared between two charities.
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Brian House Children’s Hospice and the Gary Parkinson Trust will benefit from the event in the Matthews Suite at the Bloomfield Road stadium at which the special guests were members of the team which beat Scunthorpe United on penalties at Wembley to win promotion from the old Division Four in May 1992.

As well as a three-course meal, the evening featured a raffle and auction and recollections of the day and Pool’s fondly-remembered then manager Billy Ayre by the Gazette’s football writer of the era.

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Wembley heroes Dave Bamber (right) and  Steve McIlhargey, pictured here by The Gazette after the match in 1992, were both guests at the 30th anniversary dinnerWembley heroes Dave Bamber (right) and  Steve McIlhargey, pictured here by The Gazette after the match in 1992, were both guests at the 30th anniversary dinner
Wembley heroes Dave Bamber (right) and Steve McIlhargey, pictured here by The Gazette after the match in 1992, were both guests at the 30th anniversary dinner
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Steve McIlhargey, the goalkeeper who made the match-winning penalty save, and Dave Bamber, Pool’s goalscorer, joined ex-team mates such as then skipper Paul Groves, Tony Rodwell, David Eyres and Trevor Sinclair at the event.

It was organised by Blackpool FC Former Players’ Association, whose spokesman John Cross said: “It was a great night.”

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