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Upminster Park Rovers’ 50th birthday is big hit!

PUBLISHED: 12:00 15 July 2016

Balloons were launched at Upminster Park Rovers 50th anniversary celebrations (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Balloons were launched at Upminster Park Rovers 50th anniversary celebrations (pic; Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

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Local club have more than a 1,000 people turn out to celebrate milestone occasion

Upminster Park Rovers held special 50th anniversary celebrations at Hall Lane Playing Fields (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Upminster Park Rovers held special 50th anniversary celebrations at Hall Lane Playing Fields (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Upminster Park Rovers celebrated their 50th anniversary on Saturday and it was hailed as a huge success.

More than 1,000 people packed into Hall Lane Playing Fields to mark the club’s milestone, with founder and chairman Dennis Wyman receiving a special award from the Essex FA.

Freestyle footballers from the Chelsea Foundation ran drills for children, while there was also a giant human table football set-up, bouncy castles, face painting and a magician to entertain the crowds.

A match between former players and current UPR managers was also staged, with the ex-players winning a competitive clash 2-1.

A club spokesperson said: “We held a raffle which had many great prizes, including a framed West Ham shirt signed by Mark Noble and UPR will be donating 50 per cent of the profits of the raffle to the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK.”

Dennis Wyman faces the camera with UPR under-12 players at the club's 50th anniversary celebrations (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)Dennis Wyman faces the camera with UPR under-12 players at the club's 50th anniversary celebrations (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

Essex FA chairman Wayne Deller presented Wyman with a long service award, before the day closed with the release of 50 black and white balloons.

The spokesperson added: “A great day was had by all. In the evening a separate event was held for some current and ex-UPR managers with a live band, the Mushroom Clown, and a fish-and-chip supper delivered by Fishy Business in Upminster.”

Wyman and Jim Sadler decided to start a team for their sons in 1965 and quickly formed a club with boys from the local area.

Upminster Park Rovers, or UPR as they became known, joined the Echo League in 1966 and were the first team to play matches at Hall Lane Playing Fields.

UPR's Dennis Wyman (left) receives an award from Essex FA chairman Wayne Deller (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)UPR's Dennis Wyman (left) receives an award from Essex FA chairman Wayne Deller (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGSPHOTO)

In their second season, another team was started under manager Ted Butler and claimed their first piece of silverware after beating Basildon Boys in the under-11 cup final at a packed Hornchurch Stadium.

Wyman, 92, still plays a very active part in the club as chairman and treasurer and UPR has had much success in the last 50 years, achieving FA Charter Standard status in 2006.

The club has over 32 teams now playing from under-sevens to under-18s and a successful colts section with on average over 40 boys joining each season. Sides of all ages and abilities play in the Echo and Chelmsford League and UPR hope for more success in the next 50 years!


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