LOCAL FOOTBALL: 800 and counting for legend Rudkin

LOCAL LEGEND: Paul Rudkin is pictured with his Jubilee side before his 800th appearance on Sunday.
LOCAL LEGEND: Paul Rudkin is pictured with his Jubilee side before his 800th appearance on Sunday.

Paul Rudkin reached yet another incredible landmark on Sunday as he played his 800th game for his beloved Jubilee.

The popular veteran led his team to a thrilling 4-3 success over Sutton St James at Monkshouse Lane, having been given a guard of honour prior to the clash.

And, having already made more Spalding Sunday League appearances than anybody else, Rudkin admits that he has no plans to hang up his boots just yet.

“I’m still taking it a game at a time,” said the Jubilee secretary. “We only play about 20 games a season these days, so I’ll have to be playing until I’m 60 if I want to reach 900!

“I was really chuffed that we got a win and the lads were great. I actually set up a goal from a corner – which was enough for me!

“It was lovely to get another guard of honour from the team and we enjoyed a few drinks afterwards.”

Jack Wycherley got the ball rolling for Jubilee when he headed home Rudkin’s early corner – and Danny Nichols soon added a second.

Sutton St James hauled themselves level as they threatened to poop the party, but Jubilee went back ahead when Robbie Relf’s cross was deflected in by a defender.

The visitors equalised again direct from a free kick, but Luke Chilvers cracked home a Jubilee winner with the last kick of the game.