Kendal were a club around in the 1970s before the old problem of player recruitment led to them withdrawing at the start of the 1983-84 season. 

They had worked their way up the divisions before finally reaching their goal of premier football.

They were always a competitive side who had some very good players in their ranks.

In goal at one stage was the colourful character Micky Webb, one of the best around at that time.

Up front was the pairing of Danny McVeigh and Willie Graham – both slight of stature but always a goal threat. In defence was Roy Firman, while Sean O’ Mara was another name I recall.

Terry Trevaskis and Steve Davies also had spells with them. Back earlier when they joined the league, I remember Pat Worrall and Harry Blackman.

It was sad to see their demise as they were an attractive side who always played good football.

Another club around at that time were Omega 75 who followed almost the same path as Kendal by working their way up the divisions and finally obtaining premier league football.

Formed by Denny Ware Snr, with his sons Gary and Denny part of the team. They were later boosted by the experienced Don Wilson – formerly a member of the all conquering Fareham Town side and a regular in the Hampshire representative team along with his brother Alan. His knowledge was invaluable on the touchline.

In the Omega ranks beside the Ware Brothers was big Elliot Newton in goal who could also play outfield and also found time to play for the Portsmouth Warriors American Football Team.

Paul Wickland was a good defender, while in midfield were Steve Preston and Mark Saunders.

Neil Evans also featured as did the much travelled pair of Tony Rowe and Kieron O Donovan, who seemed to change clubs every season.

I must mention Steve “Kipper” Campbell whose speedy runs created many openings.

Finally, it was with much regret to learn of the passing of Alan Robinson. Alan was born 26th November 1937, he started refereeing in local football and I am sure many of my generation can remember his officiating their games.

He worked his way up the league ladder to take charge at the highest level and was honoured to take charge of the 1986 FA Cup Final between Liverpool and Everton at Wembley.

He still attended, when possible, the Referees’ Society meetings and always ready to hand out advice when asked. He was a truly great ambassador for the area.

THE SCOUT

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