Twenty Years ago today Playford win for the first time On This Day 1998

13th September 1998, Mel B married for the first time and Boyzone took the number one spot from All Saints.

That Sunday morning however would prove to be a milestone for Playford Football Club. Inspired, no doubt, by Ipswich's 3-3 draw away at Oxford the day before, in only their second match Plyford would taste victory. Sadly though it would be the only time that first season.

The opponents were Finningham Fliers, a club that lasted from 1998 until 2015, and who suffered just as badly as Playford in 1998/99. There were five new players on display that morning in Finningham, John Pittman, Jimmy Rackham, Eddie Benson, Jason Langley and David Salmon. The later scored twice in the 4-0 win.

Neal Goldsmith opened his Playford account with a long range effort and not wanting to fall behind, Dan Goldsmith scored his second of the season.

The past echoed to present day and like this weekend just gone, Chris Jones was the man in the middle back in '98. Playford arrived with too many substitutes and there was no appointed referee. Chris' only memory was having to warn then manager and center back Simon Goldsmith that one more clumsy foul could see him cautioned. It was the only game that season that Jones took no part in.

Neal Goldsmith was awarded the Man of the Match award and Karl Pearce secured the first ever clean sheet, a feat that would not happen again until January 2000.

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