Stevie Noble says he is “pinching” himself as Corby Town face up to the prospect of hosting a team of Premier League legends later this summer.
Jason Lee’s swig of a fan’s pint following a Ben Milnes goal against Mickleover Sports in February was named the best celebration of the season in Marathonbet’s #NonLeagueChallenge competition.
It netted the Steelmen a cool £10,000 and a special pre-season friendly against a host of star names, the latest of which is Chris Waddle, at Steel Park on Sunday, July 30.
The financial boosts couldn’t have come at a better time after Corby were relegated for a second successive season and are now facing up to life in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Division South for the new campaign.
But chairman Noble believes the game against the legends team will be a day for the fans to enjoy and it’s one he feels they deserve.
He said: “I am pinching myself. I am 56 years of age and I have seen a lot in my time in football but to be involved in this and be responsible for looking after these guys when they visit us is very special.
“The bottom line of this is making sure the fans who have come through our gates, especially over the past two years where it has been dire, have a smile on their faces that day.
“After the season we had, the traumas we and the fans have been through this is something the supporters deserve more than anyone.
“We will be starting a whole new season and to have a day when all these legends will be fantastic for our supporters and it’s them who I am chuffed for.”
Noble revealed the club had to answer to both the Northern Premier League and the Football Association after Lee’s cheeky celebration was first spotted by Northants Telegraph photographer Alison Bagley before the picture went viral online.
But, in the end, common sense prevailed and Noble was delighted with the eventual outcome.
He added: “You don’t want to see your players drinking alcohol at 4.30pm on a Saturday afternoon but obviously, we are happy that Jason did!
“The league were showing concerns over whether we breached any alcohol laws and the FA got involved but I am just glad people saw sense. It has put a smile on football. At this level, it’s about enjoyment, that’s what we are all about.”
The Steelmen have reduced their season ticket and admission prices for next season following a second successive relegation.
Season tickets are priced at £150 for adults, £75 for concessions and £25 for under-16s. The respective admission prices will be £10, £5 and £2.