SPALDING RFC: Town bid a fond farewell to Wheeler

Guard of honour: Spalding RFC legend Paddy Wheeler was the toast of the town at his testimonial match on Saturday.''Photos (TIM WILSON): SG101211-120TW (above) and 117TW (to order call 01775 765433)
Guard of honour: Spalding RFC legend Paddy Wheeler was the toast of the town at his testimonial match on Saturday.''Photos (TIM WILSON): SG101211-120TW (above) and 117TW (to order call 01775 765433)
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SPALDING RFC legends past and present came together to see off one of the club’s finest ever players on Saturday.

Paddy Wheeler’s testimonial marked the end of a dazzling career, which saw the 50-year-old finish as Town’s all-time leading try scorer.

Although Wheeler’s veteran side lost 32-22 to Spalding’s second string side, it was still a great day for all involved.

A bumper crowd turned up to see him off too – but they weren’t treated to one last try.

Spalding veteran captain Mark Slater said: “It really has been a pleasure playing with an inspirational player like Paddy.

“Everything about the day was great – apart from the fact Paddy couldn’t get a try himself.

“A lot of old faces came back to see him off and I know he really appreciated it.”

Current Spalding first team skipper Harry Sharman added: “What can you say about Paddy, he’s been a great servant to club for what must be 30 years.

“A true club legend.”

Before the game, Wheeler was given a guard of honour by players from both teams.