Friday Mar 11, 2016
Great event taking place a week today at The Lamb.
The Team builder committee hope that you will be able to attend their quarterly meeting in the Clubhouse at the Lamb on Friday 18th March. The occasion promises to be something very special and you will have the opportunity to meet and reminisce with players from the past who have become Tamworth legends. There are some occasions that, if you are a Tamworth FC fan, you just have to attend and this is one of them.
The Clubhouse will be open from 7.00pm and we hope that you will come and meet ten legends from the history of our club. Today we introduce our final four guests on March 18th and all of them played a major part in the growth of Tamworth FC. Our final group include two goalkeepers, Mark Phillips and Darren Acton, and two defenders, Jon Howard and Darren Grocutt.
Mark Phillips joined the club in 1994 and played over 60 matches for the Lambs and became a firm favourite with the fans – Known as Captain he always had a smile and a chat with fans but it was his playing experience that helped the Lambs to develop as a team. After ending his playing career Mark became a respected FA coach and joined the England ladies coaching staff.
Our second keeper is Darren Acton who joined the club in 1999 and stayed for four years playing just over 200 games for the Lambs. An outstanding keeper Darren still holds the record for the most consecutive clean sheets by a Tamworth keeper. He made some brilliant saves and this writer remembers two in particular – the first at Kettering Town late on in the second half which helped secure a valuable three points and one at Rochdale in an FA Cup replay – both were long range shots which saw Darren at full stretch to tip them over the bar. He was a superb and agile keeper – up there with the very best of Tamworth keepers. He was part of the Squad that won the Dr Martens Premier league to secure promotion to the Conference and also played in the 2003 FA Trophy final at Villa Park.
In 1998 Paul Hendrie signed a central defender for the final games of the season. Coming from Burton Albion Darren Grocutt quickly fitted into the Tamworth side and by 2000 he was the club captain. He was a versatile player who could play both in defence or midfield and could also score goals. With the lambs for five years he made around 150 appearances and scored 18 goals. Darren brought a strong level of professionalism to the club and led the team through several successful seasons.
Our final legend joined the club in 1994 from Wolves and became a firm favourite with the fans over a 7 year period. Jon Howard was Mr Nice Guy off the field but on the field he was the rock of the defence giving and asking for no quarter from the opposition. In his first season he was voted both Supporters and Players Player of the Year. He made just on 300 appearances for the Lambs and scored 31 goals, 14 of those being scored in his second season. Jon was the strength on which the team was built – Good in the air, solid in the tackle and a brilliant reader of the game Jon was a true leader of the Lambs defence.
You have now been introduced to four more of our legends and next week you will be able to read what they think of the forthcoming night at the Lamb. Please put March 18th in your diaries to be at the Lamb to meet some of the players and staff that have made this club famous.