On Easter Sunday, Berkhamsted Tornadoes FC successfully celebrated their 50th season after two previous postponements.
The good weather helped to attract between 150 and 200 people to Broadwater to watch two matches played between current and previous players.
The club’s first league game was on 20 September 1970 and five of the twelve players who played in that game attended the event, some having travelled long distances to do so.
Tornadoes are the first club in the Berkhamsted Sunday Football League (BSFL) history (55 seasons) to reach 50 seasons of membership.
A lot of history has been created along the way and life-long friendships have been established via the football and the related social activities.
A number of display boards were available with a large amount of team photos and press cuttings from the various decades.
Sadly, these boards could record just the one single cup win in 52 seasons!
There was one board specifically dedicated to the Easter tours of the Isle of Wight in the 1970s which involved playing against the prisoners in the Parkhurst and Albany high-security prisons.
The games were refereed by Denis Elkins, who also played in that first 1970 league game, and club treasurer Trevor Bailey.
Chris Syers, committee member and Reserves management team member, worked miracles to juggle the team selections and the large amount of kit needed.
A 50/50 draw raised £400, £200 of which has been donated to The Hospice of St Francis and the £200 prize was appropriately won by Graham McEvoy, the founder of the club and another who had played in the first game and who had travelled from Sheringham, Norfolk for the event.
We wish to thank Berkhamsted Football Club for allowing us to use their Broadwater stadium and for being perfect hosts on the day!