A fantastic day for Stan McGowen and Family
Stan McGowen arrived at Gigg Lane this afternoon and showed staff the medal awarded to his for his services to Football. The award came after a recommendation from the Football League and 150 medals were handed out to mark the 150th anniversary of the FA.
Stan was presented to HRH the Duke of Cambridge and presented with him medal and certificate by the next Prince William before enjoying the hospitality of Buckingham Palace, as well as watching the game between London side Civil Service FC and Polytechnic FC.
Civil Service FC are the only surviving team of 11 that formed the FA on 26 October 1863, lost 2-1 against Polytechnic FC, set up in 1875. Prince William had told the players that if anyone broke a window they would "answer to" the Queen.
At half-time, palace footmen and women - wearing waistcoats and tail-coats - carried water, orange slices and chocolate bars on silver-plated platters onto the pitch for the players. During the second half, the prince and former England striker Michael Owen joined in a training session with royal staff.
Speaking this morning Stan McGowen said: ‘It was a fantastic experience for all of us, we thoroughly enjoyed a fantastic day at Buckingham Palace, and to receive the medal and certificate is a massive thrill for me. I’ve not come back down to earth yet but we had a fantastic time and the medal is something I am extremely proud of.’
Well done Stan…