Wisbech Town FC celebrate 50th anniversary victory

Wisbech Town FC fans who were present at the first-ever Sunday pro footy game at Wisbech 50 years ago will be mascots for the Fenmen's UCL game
Wisbech Town FC fans who were present at the first-ever Sunday pro footy game at Wisbech 50 years ago will be mascots for the Fenmen's UCL game

Sunday was 50 years since the first professional football game on a Sunday was played – Wisbech Town v Dunstable Town in a Southern League Division One fixture.

The Fenmen made the weekend anniversary worthwhile by defeating Harborough Town 2-0.

They marked the historic event by inviting fans who were present at that first-ever Sunday pro game at Wisbech to be mascots for the Fenmen’s UCL game against visitors Harborough on Saturday.

Scorers Alex Beck on 52 minutes and Sam Vince (penalty) after 76 minutes made it a special occasion all-round. In 1967, the Wisbech manager at the time, ex-England and Wolves player Jesse Pye, discussed with the board of directors about playing a game on a Sunday. With one exception the board agreed.

Permission was sought and granted from the FA and the Southern League.

Last night the Fenmen were at Eynesbury Rovers in the UCL Premier and next Saturday travel to Sleaford Town.

Thurlow Nunn League First Division

Braintree Town Res 5

Wisbech St Mary 3

The Saints lost an eight-goal thriller at seventh-spot Braintree. Attendance: 21.

Next Saturday Wisbech St Mary, who are in 13th position, host Haverhill Borough.

Kershaw Premier

Chatteris T 0 Lakenheath 1

A second half goal condemned the Lilies, who lie fifth in the table, to defeat; and next weekend they go to Cherry Hinton.

Chatteris: Aidan Hollis, Ben Collett, Carl Powell, Craig Gillies, Gary Smith, Jack Whiting, Karl Anderson, Scott Callaghan, Simon Howard, Stuart Porter, Will Mason. Subs: Alex Ashley, Ashley Blanchflower, Josh Joyce.