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MARTYN TWIGGER: Happy memories for latest Cover Legend

7 months ago By OL 2

Former Boro front-man looks back on his time at the club...

OUR SERIES of Matchday Programme Cover Legends continues on Saturday with Martyn Twigger taking centre stage.
It is a feature that has stimulated plenty of debate amongst Boro supporters as to who should appear as we celebrate those players who have made a significant contribution in our history.
Front-man Twigger joined Boro in October 1989 at a time of unceasing change at Manor Park, but his goalscoring exploits ensured that we never finished below sixth place in the Beazer Homes (Southern) League, Midland Division.
From October 28th 1989, to January 6th 1990, he scored in 13 consecutive League games, and in 1990-91 his 42 goals included 20 from the penalty spot.
A cult figure during his days at Nuneaton, he was Player of the Year in 1990 and 1992, on his way to over 150 appearances for the club, during which time he found the net 108 times.
In his final game for the club, on September 19th 1992, he came on as a substitute, scored three times, and then departed for Bedworth United to bring the curtain down on a fruitful stay in Nuneaton.
“It sounds sickly, but my over-riding memory of my time at the club was of the superb support that we received from the Boro faithful both at home and on our travels,” he said. “Throughout the good times and bad they stuck with us and it meant so much to us as players.
“I had some good times at the club, but there was one game that I’ll always remember. It was on a Monday night in April 1990, we were at home to Redditch United and trailing 2-1 with something like five minutes left on the clock.
“Tony ‘Simmo’ Simpson managed to get us two penalties and I scored them both. It’s wasn’t a huge game in the great scheme of things, but it sticks in my memory for the sheer drama in those closing stages.
“I was blessed to share the pitch with so many great Boro players during my time at the club, ‘Simmo’ was certainly up there with the best, as was my other travelling partner, Nicky Anderson.
“The club will always have a special place in my heart and I still look out for the results – every victory brings a smile to my face and I am looking forward to coming along on Saturday with my son, Ethan, to hopefully see another win.
“Ethan is really into his football and is part of the Sheffield Wednesday youth development squad, so I still get to watch a lot of games and also help out with his Sunday League side.
“Nothing beats actually being out there and playing, of course, but it’s great watching your kids play the game that you love and that has given so much pleasure over the years.”
Check out Saturday’s Matchday Programme for the usual mix of news, features, statistics and great photography. Copies are on sale from the usual outlets at just £2.50 each... make sure you get yours!

Updated 16:30 - 30 Aug 2017 by OL 2

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