MAWNAN Football Club is well into its preparations to celebrate its 80th anniversary with a reunion for former and present players and supporters on Friday, October 20, at 7.30pm.

It will take place at the Ben Spike Centre clubhouse at the Carwinion Road ground.

The club originally played in the old Falmouth and District Football League and then the Falmouth-Helston Football League before it merged into today’s Trelawny Football League.

Chairman Colin Bate said: “When you have enjoyed such a colourful history as Mawnan AFC you will have had a large number of players go through your club and as such we would be delighted to see as many of those players as possible joining us to be part of our celebration.

“These days it is difficult to get in touch with people personally because so many have mobile phones and are not in the phone book. It is impossible to trace everyone, but all I can say is that if you played for the club then we would be delighted to see you on the night.”

The club has had some great characters including Kevin Miller who went on to play football in the Premier League for Crystal Palace and Watford, Matthew Etherington who played for Mawnan youth teams and went on to play for West Ham United and Stoke City, and David Rickard, who received the FA’s gold medal for 50 years’ service to the club and is still involved today.

“This is an open invitation for everyone to turn up and enjoy a wonderful evening of nostalgia,” added Mr Bate.

“There will be something for everyone to enjoy and best of all, meet up with former friends who you may not have seen for many years.

“I’m sure that there are still some great tales to come out and, of course, as the years pass, the opportunity to meet up with those former team mates becomes even rarer.”