Players gather for Bailey's testimonial

MARK Bailey, who played 508 games for Woodbridge Town and is hanging his boots up after Needham Market's game on Saturday, is having a testimonial game at Bloomfields on Sunday.

Elvin King

MARK Bailey, who played 508 games for Woodbridge Town and is hanging his boots up after Needham Market's game on Saturday, is having a testimonial game at Bloomfields on Sunday.

The 36-year-old central defender or midfielder has played 140 times for Needham in a career that started at Crane Sports in 1989.

In total he has played over 900 matches, and even spent much of one season playing in goal for Woodbridge.


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Sunday's game, which kicks-off at 1pm, will be between Needham and Woodbridge XI's with admission �5.

Bailey's career included one hat-trick and 60 goals and success in the Suffolk Premier Cup (two wins, three final defeats), Ridgeons League Cup (three times), Suffolk Senior Cup (twice), Suffolk Minor Cup and county honours at adult, Under-18 and Under-16 levels.

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He will play a half for both teams on Sunday, and the father of four boys plans to spend more time with his family next season.

Bailey's career went from Crane to Westerfield and then Ipswich Wanderers, Brantham and Hadleigh before joining Woodbridge in December 1992.

He played 80 games for Sudbury Town but re-joined Woodbridge when they merged with Sudbury Wanderers. He also had 25 games for Clacton before going back to Notcutt's Park for a third time and then joining Needham three years ago.

Needham expect to have former players Chris Tracey, Glen Snell, Matt Buckle and Ben Deacon to supplement their current squad while the Woodbridge squad is: Dave Hubbick, John Coupe, Paul Leech, Dean Garnham, Marcus Garnham, Paul Smith, Mark Keeley, Carl David, Craig Oldfield, Simon Fryatt, Steve Buckle, Ian Williams, Peter Grant, Lennie Pack, Steve Dearsley, Jason Bixby, Joe Francis, Paul Berry, Jamie Scales, Ben Miller, Kevin Layne, Mark Crisp and Phil Harman.

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