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.