As expected, Casuals player/manager Iain McNaught completed his 700th appearance in an Easington United shirt when leading the side out at Eastrington Village Reserves last weekend.
Unfortunately, despite his side's 4-1 win that maintained a perfect start to the season, the boss failed to apply the icing on the cake when missing a second half penalty (pictured).
Still, it couldn't detract from what is a magnificent achievement, as was highlighted in last week's First Team match programme for the visit of Westelal & Willerby.
‘Maccer’ made his debut away at Etton United in ER County League Division 3 on 12th March 1983 and has remained a one-club man ever since. He completed his first century at home Hessle Rangers in October 1987 – this first milestone would no doubt have come somewhat sooner had an altercation with the ERCFA Disciplinary panel not seen him banned for most of the 1985/86 campaign!
During his 28 years at Low Farm, Maccer has shared in each of the triumphs and the tragedies that have accompanied the club’s rise from the County League basement to Step 7 football. He was skipper of the 1990/91 Division 3 title-winning squad (pictured) and remained a fixture in the senior squad until the move into the HPL in 2000/01. The last of his 445 first team appearances came off the bench at Chisholms on 2 September 2000.
Since then, over a century of appearances apiece has been clocked up at Reserves (120) and Casuals (135) where playing has also been combined with management. It should also be said that this central defender has also amassed a creditable 50 goals along the way.
Hearty congratulations go to Iain from all at Low Farm.
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