|A Fitting Tribute To NIgel Cassidy - 11th September
Family, friends and former football colleagues of the late Nigel Cassidy will gather for an evening of football and fun at the Oxford Road Sports Ground, the home of Bicester Town Football Club, on the evening of Saturday 20 September 2008.
Nigel, who tragically died recently aged 62, was a fans favourite during his career as a professional footballer, making over 113 League appearances for Oxford United and scoring 33 goals between 1970 and 1974. A former striking partner of Kevin Keegan at Scunthorpe, Cassidy joined Oxford United for a then club record £20,000 and formed a formidable partnership up front with Hugh Curran. He moved to Cambridge four years later for £28,000 and later went to the States, where he played for Denver.
Following his retirement from the professional game, he stayed in the area with time at the Black Bull in Launton and then the Shakespeare in Bicester and managed Bicester Town and Banbury United. Latterly he moved to Cornwall where he turned the Molesworth Arms Hotel in Wadebridge into a thriving business before selling it a year ago. He continued to actively support local sport. Nigel’s connections with Bicester have been maintained by his sons, Darren, Shaun, Stuart and Dean who have all played representative sport for the Town.
The evening will commence at 6.00pm with two junior matches involving sides from Oxford United Academy under 9`s and 12`s and Bicester town Colts under 9`s and 12`s including two of Nigel’s grandson’s Harry and Charlie. The main event – EXPECTED TO COMMENCE ABOUT 7.15 - will be a match between a Nigel Cassidy Select XI and Oxford United Legends full of Ex professional United stars from many eras. A barbecue will be in operation and the bar open.
Already confirmed to appear for the Oxford Legends are the following:,Pete Foley (Captain), Matt Elliott, Andy Melville, Alan Judge, Mike Ford, Kevin Brock, Paul Berry. Big Ron Atkinson and other former colleagues such as Roy Burton are hoping to be putting in an appearance.
The evening will conclude with a private function at the Clubhouse for family and friends, A special souvenir programme has been produced and will be available at the turnstile. Entry with the programme will be £2 for adults and £1 for juniors and senior citizens. The proceeds from the evening will be shared between local sides and a new trust in Nigel’s name that will continue his support of children’s sport in Bicester and Wadebridge. There is also an Auction after the game where some great lots have been kindly donated to start the new trust, these include, signed football, world superbike and rugby shirts, golf days, hospitality days at football and the Royal Albert Hall, rugby international tickets and many more.
On behalf of the family, Darren has stated how much he is looking forward to the event “ Dad was keen that we remembered him with laughter and smiles, this event where old friends and football rivals can renew friendships, have a good time and benefit some of the projects and Clubs which he supported is a great way of achieving this. Dad was also proud of his association with the Town and it would be great to see a good turnout from the community”.
Bicester Town Club Secretary, Nick Harverson, stated “The Club is really looking forward to hosting this event. Nigel was one of my heroes when I first watched Oxford United at the Manor and, as Nigel was a manager at Bicester Town, it is fitting that we host this tribute. His desire to see others benefit from the evening is a tremendous gesture by Nigel and his family.