It was a bit touch and go as to whether this event could go ahead, but at 9.30am on the Saturday morning the call came in that the referee was allowing the match to proceed, as the ground had been very wet but was now showing signs of drying out.
Peter Marsden (OL 1969-76) formerly Chairman of Accrington Stanley now Chairman of Wealdstone FC, a club that is very close to his heart, had invited OLs to join him and former Wealdstone player, Charlie Townsend for lunch and to watch the league match against Gosport Borough.
The Old Lyonian connection with Wealdstone FC is not new, Peter has taken over from Howard Krais (OL 1979-1986) and in years gone by OL Paul Harrison's grandfather held the position of Chairman and President and OL John Leadbetter's father was Club Secretary for many years.
But it was not just in the Boardroom that the connection existed, many Old Lyonians were and continue to be supporters of Wealdstone FC, several remain season ticket holders and one OL Keith Palmer is a Lifetime Member of the Club. One of our OLs Allan Watson played for Wealdstone some 50+ years ago.
On Saturday 19th December 1964 the Old Lyonian Football Club played a friendly at their old ground at Pinner View against Wealdstone FC Reserves, a team that included both Bobby Childs and Eddie Dilsworth, who went on to lift the cup as winners of the 1966 FA Amateur Cup Final.
The rain just about stayed away and it was certainly a hard fought match with Wealdstone winning 2-1. After the match there was an opportunity for many OLs to meet up again with their former heroes, Eddie Dilsworth and Hugh Lindsay.
It is hoped that these lunches will become a regular event.