AN amateur football team from Radcliffe will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 1964-65 trophy-winning season with a reunion this weekend.

Bridge United, who played in the Radcliffe Sunday Schools and Social League, remained undefeated during the campaign on their way to clinching the second division championship.

However, the highlight of the season was their great victory in the Miles Kenyon Cup.

Bridge United beat Macphersons 3-1 in the final at Gigg Lane in Bury, with goals from Phil Dean, Terry Davis and David Cherry, to become the first Radcliffe club since St Thomas' in 1951 to lift the trophy.

The team, who are still the only second division side to have won the much-coveted prize, scored a total of 215 goals during the league season.

Top scorer Dave Cherry notched up 146 goals and the team also had a mean defence, conceding just 22 league goals.

Former defender Brian McAllister said: "Cherry had everything he needed to be a top professional

"He was skilful on the ball with a fighter foot, a brilliant header and an out-an-out goalscorer.

"Had there been a player's player at that time he would have been favourite to win it."

The ex-players, who are now in their 70s, get together every year to watch the FA Cup Final and reminisce.

"We had some great times back then," said McAllister.

"We've lost a few of the players from that winning team now but it's still good to get together to remember our achievement."

Members of the Bridge United team will hold their 50-year reunion at St Mary's RC social club on Saturday at 1.30pm.

Pictured, back left to right: Kenny Wright, Albert Waters, Neville Hughes (deceased), Brian McAllister, Noel Mcllory and Jack Hayes (deceased). Front: Terry Davis (deceased), Robert Longworth, Phil Dean, David Cherry and Norman Spencer.