Chris Waddle will be gracing the Steel Park pitch this summer after he was announced as the latest player to be announced in the Premier League legends team to face Corby Town in July.
The former Tottenham Hotspur, Sheffield Wednesday and England winger was on hand at Steel Park last week to officially present Corby with their cheque for £10,000 after Jason Lee’s swig of a fan’s pint after a goal was named the best celebration of the season in Marathonbet’s #NonLeagueChallenge competition.
As well as the welcome cash boost, the Steelmen will take on the team of legends in a pre-season friendly at Steel Park on Sunday, July 30 with Waddle now joining a squad that already includes the likes of Emile Heskey, Sol Campbell and Eidur Gudjohnsen.
Lee’s celebration after Ben Milnes’ strike against Mickleover Sports last season came to light thanks to the eagle eye of Northants Telegraph photographer Alison Bagley with the picture then going viral online.
Waddle was impressed with the “cheeky” celebration and believes the cash injection is a huge boost for Corby after they were relegated for a second season in a row.
The legendary winger said: “It was different wasn’t it?
“I suppose non-League football always comes up with something creative.
“I have a Sunday morning team and you see some of the celebrations and you think ‘what’s that all about?’
“But it was quick improvisation, they were celebrating the goal and the lad has seen the beer on the side. It was cheeky really and I think people like things like that.
“I am sure it wasn’t planned and I am sure a couple of mouthfuls of the beer or cider wouldn’t have hurt him!
“It’s great for any non-League club to benefit from what Marathonbet have done by putting the £10,000 up.
“I know it’s not been the best year for Corby with them being relegated but it’s a lovely set-up, it’s a great non-League ground and I am sure that money will come in handy.
“All non-League teams are looking to get that budget up for ground improvements or getting the players in so it’s come as a nice surprise and bonus to the chairman and the club.”
Waddle, meanwhile, is hoping there will be a big turnout when the Premier League legends come to town on July 30.
He joked: “Hopefully there will be a few lads a bit younger than me, you probably won’t see me move far from the centre circle to be honest!
“But there will be a good squad there for it, hopefully it will be a good turnout and people will enjoy it.
“All these guys will have played in the Premier League so they won’t be mugs. The fitness takes its toll but they will still have that ability.”