Class of 2008/09

On Friday evening, ahead of the 5-2 victory over Plymouth Argyle, manager Darren Ferguson joined a host of players from the 2008-2009 promotion-winning campaign at a special reunion at the Holiday Inn in the city for a night of stories and memories of a hugely successful time in the club’s history.

Hosted by Aaron Mclean, who is now a pundit on BT Sport and Sky Sports, the event featured plenty of reminiscing from the back-to-back promotions with a number of that hugely successful squad assembled to reveal some of stories from on and off the pitch.

Mclean was joined by Craig Mackail-Smith, George Boyd, Dean Keates, Chris Whelpdale, Jamie Day, Gabriel Zakuani and Tom Williams on stage. The event also featured a three-course meal, an auction and a raffle with a host of memorabilia proving popular with guests, including a montage of the Holy Trinity, a signed Tyson Fury boxing glove and a Lionel Messi shirt.

Director of Football Barry Fry also auctioned off a signed Manchester United shirt, an autographed Newcastle United shirt and a special signed Tommy Robson canvas donated by Commercial Manager Alex Harris with funds from those three items donated to the Tommy Robson Statue Fund.

Organiser, Harris said: “It was a hugely successful evening. It was wonderful to have Aaron hosting the main part of the evening and there were some great stories from a really successful period in the club’s history. When the lads arrived a little earlier, it was nice to see them catching up, remembering different periods of that particular part in their careers and they took that onto the stage.

“I want to thank everyone for their support on the night. The auction was a success and in particular we were able to raise a substantial amount for the Tommy Robson statue fund.”