HAYES & Yeading goalkeeper Lee Harrison has announced his retirement from playing, but he has one more special match in the summer before hanging up his gloves.
The 39-year-old will play for Barnet in a testimonial match at Underhill against a Tottenham Hotspur XI on Saturday, July 23, as he bids an emotional farewell to the club that he played over 300 Football League games for.
Harrison decided to quit goalkeeping duties after admitting that a succession of injuries had taken their toll during his comeback season with Hayes & Yeading in the Conference.
However, Harrison, who has been lined up for an assistant manager's job at a Blue Square Premier club, says that helping Hayes & Yeading survive relegation this season, was arguably the most satisfying achievement of his career.
"I had told the manager and the lads that I would finish after the Barrow match, but I did not want to say too much about it as the main thing was to keep the club up," said Harrison. "It is now the right time and I have the right opportunity to do something else.
"With the injuries that I had, it was difficult for me earlier in the season, but I got back in at the end of the season and to help Hayes & Yeading stay up is one of the best things I have done.
"Considering the size of the club, it was a great acheivement. Garry Haylock has done a great job in keeping them in the Conference for the past two years.
"Everyone thought we would have to go to Cambridge and get a result to, but we beat some decent sides and went on a great run to stay up."
Tottenham Hotspur have an alternative friendly match on the same day as Harrison's testimonial, but he says he has received assurances that it will be a strong Spurs side that turns up at Underhill for a great way to finish his memorable career.
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