McGavin touts regular East Anglian legends matches
FORMER Colchester United favourite Steve McGavin would love to get one over rivals Ipswich Town in tomorrow’s Legends match at The Weston Homes Community Stadium.
And should the match prove popular then the ex-U’s striker is keen to set up regular fixtures between the retired professionals of the East Anglian clubs.
“I never played against Ipswich while I was at Colchester so I can’t wait,” said McGavin, who scored 35 goals in 133 appearances for the U’s over two spells in the 1990s.
“All the players are pretending they are not that bothered about playing or winning at the moment, but I think it will be very different when the match gets under way!”
As leader of Colchester’s ex-players association, McGavin has pulled in an excellent squad to face their Suffolk rivals including former England striker Teddy Sheringham who spent a season at the Essex club during their relegation from the Championship.
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The U’s 28-man squad also includes the likes of Karl Duguid, Joe Dunne, Nicky Smith, Carl Emberson, Kevin Watson and Mark Kinsella.
Ipswich’s line-up is looking similarly strong though with the likes of Matt Holland, Fabian Wilnis and Jamie Scowcroft having only just retired from the professional game.
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The Portman Road outfit will also be able to call upon former U’s managers Geraint Williams and Steve Whitton, as well as club legends John Wark and Russell Osman.
In addition, six playing slots and both managerial roles have been auctioned off to fans of both sides, with the supporters each getting 15 minutes game time.
Named the Ross Crouch Memorial Trophy in honour of the former U’s youth team player who died in 2008 aged 23, all proceeds of the match will be split between the respective youth development schemes of each club.
“It should be a really fun day,” said McGavin, the 41-year-old now back in Essex following a stint working in the holiday industry in Spain.
“If it goes well we’d like to arrange four to six fixtures a year for our ex-players and maybe even set-up an East Anglian tournament that could also involve Norwich and Southend.”
Tomorrow’s game kicks off at 3.30pm at The Weston Homes Community Stadium. Tickets cost just �5 for adults and �1 for children with car parking free on the day.