Cherries: Title-winners team-mates again after random supermarket meeting

EX-CHERRIES STAR: Dave Puckett

EX-CHERRIES STAR: Dave Puckett

First published in Sport Bournemouth Echo: Photograph of the Author by

EX-Cherries pair Dave Puckett and Mark Whitlock have reunited as team-mates after 20-years apart – thanks to a chance meeting in a supermarket.

Striker Puckett and defender Whitlock helped Cherries win the Division Three championship in 1987, their first season with the club after leaving Southampton.

The duo were signed by Harry Redknapp as part of a deal that took prolific Cherries marksman Colin Clarke to the Dell for a club record £400,000 fee in July 1986.

Puckett and Whitlock, who both served their apprenticeships with Saints and helped them finish second in the top flight in 1984, also played together at Aldershot before the Hampshire club went under in 1992.

Having lost touch, Puckett, 51, and 50-year-old Whitlock recently ran into one another at Tesco in Bursledon and have since started playing together again.

Puckett told the Daily Echo: “I live in Hamble and he lives in Sholing and I bumped into him in Tesco. I hadn’t seen him for 20 years and it was great to see him again.

“Our careers followed a similar path from the time we first started playing for Hampshire boys as 14-year-olds. We were both apprentices at Southampton, we went to Bournemouth at the same time and ended up at Aldershot.

“I told him I played for a veterans’ team on Sundays and invited him along. We have ended up being team-mates again. We play for Solent Vets, we play every Sunday and it is just a bit of fun against other teams.”

Puckett, who also plays five-a-side with his 24-year-old son George every Friday, last month hit the headlines when he became the oldest goalscorer in Wessex League history.

Playing for Lymington Town, where his younger son Bill is also on the books, Puckett came off the bench to net in a 3-1 defeat by Totton & Eling.

Puckett said: “I’ve played six times and scored a couple of goals.

“More importantly, it gave me the chance to play up front with my son Bill. We had 30 minutes together against Bemerton a couple of weeks ago and it was the best 30 minutes of football I have ever had.

“We linked and passed well and it was a wonderful partnership. It gave me a massive thrill.”

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8:11am Fri 23 Dec 11

Dont have short memorys says...

Every little helps
Every little helps Dont have short memorys
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8:14am Fri 23 Dec 11

Dont have short memorys says...

Forgive me but imagine the schene mark and David live near each other good friends but not seen each other for 20 years tet the Echo manage to get a scoop about it mnnnn not sure about the authenticity of this latest non story
Forgive me but imagine the schene mark and David live near each other good friends but not seen each other for 20 years tet the Echo manage to get a scoop about it mnnnn not sure about the authenticity of this latest non story Dont have short memorys
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8:19am Fri 23 Dec 11

jontee says...

Dont have short memorys wrote:
Forgive me but imagine the schene mark and David live near each other good friends but not seen each other for 20 years tet the Echo manage to get a scoop about it mnnnn not sure about the authenticity of this latest non story
Hmmm...Methinks you have a point DHSM.
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The Echo really are scraping the barrell these days.
[quote][p][bold]Dont have short memorys[/bold] wrote: Forgive me but imagine the schene mark and David live near each other good friends but not seen each other for 20 years tet the Echo manage to get a scoop about it mnnnn not sure about the authenticity of this latest non story[/p][/quote]Hmmm...Methinks you have a point DHSM. . The Echo really are scraping the barrell these days. jontee
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8:35am Fri 23 Dec 11

steve_bragg says...

This it the most amazing thing I have ever read.
This it the most amazing thing I have ever read. steve_bragg
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8:54am Fri 23 Dec 11

cherries59 says...

dear o dear !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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dear o dear !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!! cherries59
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9:18am Fri 23 Dec 11

Cherryfan says...

I think they accidentally put it in the Bournemouth Echo instead of the Southampton by mistake.
I think they accidentally put it in the Bournemouth Echo instead of the Southampton by mistake. Cherryfan
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12:10pm Fri 23 Dec 11

CherryFarmer says...

My late father played for the cherries in the 50s and in the 70s he organised a get together for his old team mates. He was amazed how many turned up....most of whom he had previously lost contact with.
Dont suppose any of the above posters have ever bumped into any old friends they had lost contact with....but there again, perhaps they have never had any friends!!
My late father played for the cherries in the 50s and in the 70s he organised a get together for his old team mates. He was amazed how many turned up....most of whom he had previously lost contact with. Dont suppose any of the above posters have ever bumped into any old friends they had lost contact with....but there again, perhaps they have never had any friends!! CherryFarmer
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6:49pm Fri 23 Dec 11

Football banning order yob says...

dave puckett quality striker shame about the injuries..
dave puckett quality striker shame about the injuries.. Football banning order yob
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8:50pm Fri 23 Dec 11

sussexcherry says...

Football banning order yob wrote:
dave puckett quality striker shame about the injuries..
I remember being at Twerton Park, Bristol Rovers, on Boxing day, circa 1854 when Puckett was raked down the back of his leg from knee to heel. It is still one of the worst tackles I have ever seen and sadly he was never the same.If my decrepit memory is correct, the animal in question wasn't even booked.
[quote][p][bold]Football banning order yob[/bold] wrote: dave puckett quality striker shame about the injuries..[/p][/quote]I remember being at Twerton Park, Bristol Rovers, on Boxing day, circa 1854 when Puckett was raked down the back of his leg from knee to heel. It is still one of the worst tackles I have ever seen and sadly he was never the same.If my decrepit memory is correct, the animal in question wasn't even booked. sussexcherry
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10:13am Sun 25 Dec 11

babyduck says...

Yes a bit of a non story but i have to say having played against Solent Vets that Mr Puckett is still quality. Touch and ability still there - scored a cracker against us last time we played. Having read this article I have just realised who he was. Next time we play in Jan I shall be shaking his hand a little more warmly. UTCIAD
Yes a bit of a non story but i have to say having played against Solent Vets that Mr Puckett is still quality. Touch and ability still there - scored a cracker against us last time we played. Having read this article I have just realised who he was. Next time we play in Jan I shall be shaking his hand a little more warmly. UTCIAD babyduck
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