Thousands turn out for Chappy tribute
- 04 August 2013 18:45
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Two thousand people turned out to pay tribute to one of football’s most enduring and entertaining characters, Les Chapman.
A host of City greats, including Paul Dickov, Andy Morrison, Asa Hartford and Uwe Rosler also showed their support for Chappy, the Blues’ much loved kit man.
The crowd was treated to an eight goal thriller as the Les Chapman select XI took on City Old Boys at Stockport’s Edgeley Park with the game eventually being decided by penalties.
Current fan favourite Micah Richards watched on as a first half brace from German idol Uwe Rosler and an acrobatic Trevor Sinclair scissor kick gave the Old Boys a 3-0 lead.
A life line for Chappy’s men eventually came when hero of the 1999 play-off final Dickov slotted home just before the half time whistle.
The second half got off to a flyer when Blues’ favourite Morrison fired a long range shot from the halfway line on kick-off, beating Eric Nixon who had come off his line to make it 4-1!
However, the Les Chapman select XI fought back and it was the man himself who was to pull his team back into the game, scoring two goals in as many minutes to narrow the gap to 4-3.
Chappy was again involved in the all-important equaliser, setting up Darren Huckerby who was on taregt to take the match to penalties which they went on to win 3-2!
City's past and present came together when Richards handed over the trophy to the winning team's captain Dickov - a fitting end to a wonderful celebration of Chappy's incredible longevity!
“I just want to thank everyone who came today, it means a lot,” said Chappy.
“This is a day that will stay in my memory for a long, long time.”
Thank you for all the memories, Chappy!