THEY came in a wide variety of interesting new shapes and sizes, but most of those former Wealdstone FC favourites who took part in the club's Field of Dreams match at Grosvenor Vale on Monday had certainly retained significant levels of skill - well some of them had anyway - much to the delight of the good crowd of Stones supporters who turned up to witness this unique event.
The match was contested by teams made up of former players, together with fans who had dug deep into their pockets for the privilege of playing alongside some of their all-time heroes.
Club legends such as the lithe looking, masterly double winning captain Paul Bowgett were among those in action, along with Mark 'Stroller' Harrison, Fred Barwick, Tony Kelly, Tony Lynch, Paul Lamb, Lee Walker, Chris Walton, Fergus Moore, Brian Jones, Paul Bennison, Dave Ryan and Vic Schwarz.
Notable among the fans taking part was club chairman Howard Krais.
Kelly and former Wealdstone coach Fred Cummings managed the teams, while there to watch the action were other former players Dennis Byatt, Neil Cordice, Gary Donnellan, Hugh Lindsay, Viv Evans, Matt Farrell, Bernie Bremer and John Morton.
A 4-4 draw appropriately saw honours end even on the day.
Paul Benning, Fergus Moore (penalty), John Lloyd and Richard Elvery scored for the Wealdstone yellow team, while the Wealdstone blue team replied with two goals from Lee Walker, one from the spot after a controversial penalty award by referee Quentin Fox, a cracking volley from Mark Harrison, and a score from Brian Jones, though he looked way offside.
Highlights of an eventful match were Lamb neatly nutmegging Walker to play his way out of defence, a classy defensive performance from Harrison, Jones showing his renowned respect for officialdom, and supporter Steve Paull somehow avoiding a yellow card for diving following an outrageous 'hit by a sniper' tumble, which would have earned top marks in a pool.
The Field of Dreams match was organised by former club director Roger Slater and was sponsored by club supporter Nick Woolford.