Football - Rare find lights up Andy's day

PUBLISHED: 12:11 23 January 2006 | UPDATED: 21:37 28 May 2010

Andy Thorpe with the historic programme

Andy Thorpe with the historic programme

WHEN a Chelsea-mad fan offered to take a friend's son to a match at Stamford Bridge he didn't expect to see a rare 40-year-old Wisbech Town football programme. However, that's exactly what happened when Andy Thorpe, from West Walton, gave Karl Parry the c

WHEN a Chelsea-mad fan offered to take a friend's son to a match at Stamford Bridge he didn't expect to see a rare 40-year-old Wisbech Town football programme.However, that's exactly what happened when Andy Thorpe, from West Walton, gave Karl Parry the chance to watch the likes of John Terry, Frank Lampard and Hernan Crespo.Thorpe, 47, is the managing director of Wisbech company Fenland Hygiene and Industrial Supplies Ltd and also the proud owner of four Chelsea season tickets.The tickets are normally used by Andy, his wife Julie and two children, Robyn, 14, and Nathan, 12. However, if one or more of the family are unable to go to a match, Andy will ask neighbours and friends if their children would like to go.This was the case when Thorpe planned to go to Stamford Bridge to watch the West London Derby between Chelsea and Fulham on Boxing Day.Thorpe said: "I asked my friend Keir Jackson if his son Karl would like to go to the match. Just before we set off Keir showed me three old Chelsea football programmes and asked me if they were of interest."He added: "I couldn't believe it when I saw that one of them was from the 1964 match between Chelsea and Wisbech Town."The Blues were invited to play Wisbech Town in a special match on Thursday, October 22 1964 to mark the official inauguration of floodlights at Fenland Park.Keir said: "My father Alva and grandfather Bernard were both Wisbech Town fans who were at the game. "I am not that interested in football but Karl is an avid Chelsea supporter and loves to go to matches with Andy."He added: "Andy told me that the Chelsea programmes often have a history section looking back at old matches. I thought that the Wisbech programme might be of interest so I asked Andy if he would like to borrow it."His face lit up when he saw the programme and he asked me if he could take it to the match."Thorpe said: "I have taken six or seven local children to various matches and it's great to see the children's faces when they get to the ground and see some of the world's best players."Hopefully, Chelsea will be interested in running a programme feature on the Wisbech game in the future.

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