Ayton FC’s 50th birthday bash is a smash hit

The Ayton teams line up before the six-a-side tournament
The Ayton teams line up before the six-a-side tournament
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Ayton Football Club celebrated their 50th anniversary in style on Saturday at the Wilson’s Lane clubhouse.

As well as a six-a-side football tournament involving over 60 players past and present, there was an exhibition in the annex room between the village hall and clubhouse, organised by former player Peter Lee, of memorabilia from the village club’s past 50 years.

Ayton chairman Frank White, left, and ex-player George Ireland, right, with referee Lester Smith, centre, showing Frank the red card at the kick-off of the tournament

Ayton chairman Frank White, left, and ex-player George Ireland, right, with referee Lester Smith, centre, showing Frank the red card at the kick-off of the tournament

The football competition was organised by current players Alex Hamilton and Mark Plumpton and refereed by Lester Smith.

There was also a barbecue, as well as a rest break in the clubhouse where the players and spectators took time to watch England beat Belgium 1-0 in their final warm-up game before Euro 2012.

The band BIG ME, led by former Ayton FC player Wayne White then entertained the footballers from 9pm onwards, with a raffle draw, and further music from the local band afterwards.

Plumpton, who is the manager of the Ayton Reserves team on a Saturday and the Sunday League team boss said: “The day was brilliant, it couldn’t have gone any better!

Action from Mr Scarborough FC (red) v 6 Men, at Ayton FC 50th anniversary celebrations.  Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122268a    02/06/12

Action from Mr Scarborough FC (red) v 6 Men, at Ayton FC 50th anniversary celebrations. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122268a 02/06/12

“We had over 60 players past and present take part in the football tournament with James Frier scooping player of the day.

“There were former players and families all coming to show their support which was fantastic. It was a great day enjoyed by all.”

Action from Rebellion (blue) v Rossy's Rangers (orange bibs), at Ayton FC 50th anniversary celebrations.  Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122268k    02/06/12

Action from Rebellion (blue) v Rossy's Rangers (orange bibs), at Ayton FC 50th anniversary celebrations. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122268k 02/06/12

Exhibition of club memorabilia in the Village Hall at Ayton FC 50th anniversary celebrations.  Picture by Andrew Higgins   sn122268s    02/06/12

Exhibition of club memorabilia in the Village Hall at Ayton FC 50th anniversary celebrations. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122268s 02/06/12