Back home for Christmas

It was great to see so many familiar faces in the crowd at Saturday’s game v. Ilkeston Town, including a scattering of former players.

One of the latter was Chris Collins, who played for the Reds over six seasons between 1985 and 1991.

Chris, and wife Ruth, emigrated to Australia twenty-five years ago but have been back several times since and try and combine trips home with a game at Borough Park.

Prior to the game, Chris was interviewed by John Walsh and recalled some of the highlights during his time at the club.

He remembers scoring his first league goal for the club against Bangor City in October, 1985.  The thrill of netting that first goal was made even more special with the goalkeeper being former Welsh international, Dai Davies.  He had won 52 caps in a distinguished career which included spells with Swansea City, Everton, Wrexham and Tranmere Rovers.

Another fond memory involved another well known international…..George Best.  Chris played for Reds in the fund-raising friendly at Borough Park in 1986 in front of a near 4,000 crowd.

Chris is pictured (back row, second from the left) with his Reds team mates and George Best.

Chris, who still keeps in touch with one of his former managers, Wayne Harrison, made 105 appearances for Reds, plus a further 51 as a substitute, scoring 7 goals in the process.

He is the elder brother of current Reds’ director, Simon.

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