FORMER Premiership goal-getter Dean Windass paid tribute to the fans who turned out in numbers to back the Brian France Testimonial game at Queensgate.
France’s son-in-law Windass struck twice and then hit an own goal as his ex-Hull City side lost out 5-3 against a line-up of former Scarborough players.
The defeat didn’t take the shine off the day for the former Hull, Bradford City and Middlesbrough man, who really enjoyed his run-out.
He said: “It was fantastic that so many people turned out to support Brian.
“He has been managing in non-league football for 20-odd years, so for that freak accident to keep him away from the touchline is very cruel.
“He is well-known in the game, but I thought it was great that both the players and the fans did their bit to make it a great day.
“It wasn’t a bad day for me either. I scored a hat-trick, even though one of them was in the wrong end.
“I don’t play a lot of football anymore, I turn out for a veterans’ team in Harrogate every so often.
“It is great to play, but it does get harder and harder with every game I do take to the pitch.”