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Micky Johnson returns!

Micky Johnson returns!

Andrew Schooler21 Nov 2023 - 11:30
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Shrimpers legend back at HPFC from Australia at 'groundhopper day' celebration

Shrimpers great Micky Johnson returned to the club at the weekend as the 75th anniversary of the Royal Oak's famous grandstand was celebrated.
Micky played 443 games for the club between 1984 and 1999 before emigrating to Australia. The tally puts him seventh on the all-time appearance list.
On Saturday he was a guest of the Shrimpers having returned to the UK on holiday from Brisbane.
The 'groundhopper day' organised to mark 75 years of the stand didn't go exactly to plan with the match against Dussindale and Hellesdon Rovers being postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
However, some fans, both local and from further afield, still attended in the afternoon to view a photo exhibition and be given a guided tour of the Oak during which its history, including that of the stand, was explained.
Around 50 people attended in total, including Micky's former team-mates Brendan Tuck, Chris Howlett, John Kemp and Paul Beasley.
During the afternoon, Micky was presented with a memento by club chairman Tony Armstrong.
Afterwards, he said: "It was a lovely trip down memory lane and so good to catch up. What a fantastic club Harwich and Parkeston Football Club is, great values, really great people and history.
"I'm very honoured to have played so many games for this great historic club. Thank you to everyone that came down - it was a such a great day and so appreciated."
The day also saw the presentation of a framed, signed photo from the recent HPFC reunion.
On that day, former players were asked to sign a photo of the Royal Oak. That has now been framed, engraved and put on display in the social club.
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