Were you in Willingdon School’s team in 1988?

Radio presented trying to track down his old school team, Eastbourne
Radio presented trying to track down his old school team, Eastbourne

A RADIO presenter is trying to track down his old school football team to arrange a reunion match 25 years after they were crowned kings of Eastbourne.

Richie Firth works for Absolute Radio on its breakfast show but says his finest hour came not during a celebrity interview or at an industry awards shindig but on a muddy school field back in 1988.

As an 11-year-old he was part of the all-conquering Willingdon School football team which featured in the pages of the Herald’s sister paper, the Eastbourne Gazette.

Overjoyed at the time, Richie’s memories dimmed until earlier this month he saw a scan of the newspaper article on Facebook. Now he wants to recapture the feeling of those halcyon days by tracking down the rest of the players and staging one last match.

He has already managed to find Rob Miller, who now lives on the other side of the world in Australia, but wants to get in touch with anyone else who was part of that Willingdon team to invite them along for the game.

And as if an afternoon of reminiscing wasn’t enough, the match will take place at the south London home of Charlton Athletic.

The hopefully reunited Willingdon squad will play a team made up of listeners who are keen to relive former glories from their football school days.

Speaking earlier this week, Richie (pictured on the far left above the big red arrow) said, “The memories came flooding back; the smell of Deep Heat, freezing cold football pitches and scraping the mud off football boots with a knife from the kitchen drawer.”

The Herald is helping track down the team, 25 years on, and anyone who has any information about any of the players should email eastbourne.herald@trbeckett.co.uk.