Tee time for ex-PNE stars

Gordon Coleman hits the first shot of the former players' golf competition

Gordon Coleman hits the first shot of the former players' golf competition

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Preston North End footballers of yesteryear were reunited on the golf course this week.

The PNE Former Players’ Association staged their annual golf tournament at Preston Golf Club.

Kevin Kilbane, Nigel Greenwood, Brian Finney, Mark Lawrenson and Eric Jones

Kevin Kilbane, Nigel Greenwood, Brian Finney, Mark Lawrenson and Eric Jones

Mark Lawrenson, Kevin Kilbane, Gordon Coleman Lee Cartwright, David Lucas, Roy Tunks, Mark Patterson, Nigel Greenwood, Peter Sayer, Graham Houston, Mel Tottoh and Paul Lodge were among the ex-players who took to the fairways at the Fulwood Hall Lane-based club.

Coleman, a midfielder in the North End side which won promotion under Nobby Stiles in the 1977/78 season, is chairman of the association and teed off the competition.

Golfers from local businesses teamed up with the 
players to battle it out on 
the greens.

Top of the leader board was Brian Finney, son of the late Sir Tom Finney.

Brian Finney won the competition

Brian Finney won the competition

He was partnered by local company Broadway Pantry in his victory, producing a strong display.

Runner-up was ex-PNE reserve player Ronnie Mears, partnered by Bowker BMW.

The former players’ association, which was set up in 1998, has more than 200 members. A number of different eras were represented at the tournament, from the 1950s through to the 1990s.

Former goalkeeper Lucas, now Fleetwood’s keeper coach, tweeted: “Lovely to see old team-mates and heroes at the PNE ex-players’ association charity golf day.”

Mark Lawrenson at the annual golf day

Mark Lawrenson at the annual golf day

Ian Rigby, secretary of the association and co-organiser of the golf day, said: “It went really well. We had a couple of new sponsors and three new faces down in Kevin Kilbane, Paul McKenna and David Lucas.

“It is good to be attracting players from the younger generation. What worked out well was that between the golf and the meal at night, the lads were able to watch the play-off at the Open on television.”