Monday 17th July.
Town's' official pre-season fixtures got underway today with a
2-1 win against Livingston of the Scottish First Division, the Town
goals scored by Dean Gorré and Delroy Facey. It's good to see Dean
Gorré fit again as he provides a touch of class and excitement to
the midfield, and nice to see that Steve Bruce is finally prepared
to give Delroy a chance.
Although this was obviously an experimental side, it is also pleasing
to see Thornley given a game as it began to look as though he might
be destined to depart the club late last season when he seemed to
be frozen out by Mr Bruce. I was most surprised to see David Beresford
given a run out, it's been so long since his last first team game,
and in fact I'd almost forgotten that he was still on the playing
One other interesting feature was the inclusion of Martin Margetson
in goal. Having joined Town at the start of last season from Southend
United, I think he was named on every team sheet yet never actually
played in any of them! This could be a trivia question of the future
- which Town player was selected for every game in the 1999/2000
season, yet never kicked the ball?
Town 2 Gorré (40, Facey 73)
Town: Margetson; Heary (Jenkins 45); Armstrong;
Berhalter (Vincent 45); Lucketti; Edwards (Beresford 63);
Holland; Irons (Sellars 76); Smith (Thornley 71); Gorré (Hay
Livingston: McCaldon; Kelly (Cunningham
76); Joy (Gordon Smith 45); Anderson (Greacen 67); Sweeney;
Das; McCormick; McCulloch; Crabbe (Allison 67); Grant Smith,
McPhee. Sub not used: Alexander.
Referee: David Somers (Lothian).