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Dooley scores in legends' match at successful open day

Monday 30th July 2012

Actor and lifelong Barnsley fan Shaun Dooley realised his dream of scoring in front of the Ponte End on Sunday in the legends' match that was part of the club's open day.

 

The former Eastenders and Coronation Street star travelled up to London for the event and, after missing several fine chances, eventually netted after switching from the celebrity XI to the Barnsley legends team.

 

“It was a terrible goal,” he admitted. “It was a diving header that bounced off my head, hit me in the face and then bounced off me again and went into the net. What a moment though! Bruce Dyer dived on top of me and so did Howard Webb. I began to think, ‘Does life get any better than this?’

 

“I’m tempted to hang up my boots and never play again. To score a goal on the hallowed Oakwell turf – wow! To play alongside guys who I’ve shouted at from the terraces was a real privilege.”

 

The legends also enjoyed their return to Oakwell. Bruce Dyer hit a hat-trick and afterwards said: “It’s always special to return to Barnsley Football Club and to see so many familiar faces. I said before the game that I wanted to score, but to get three was just brilliant!”

 

About 1,000 spectators filled the West Stand to watch Oakwell heroes such as Adie Moses, Nicky Eaden, Darren Barnard, Dean Gorre Stewart Barrowclough, Barry Murphy and Ian Banks – who thumped in a 20-yard trademark strike midway through the first half.

 

The Barnsley side modelled the club's new home kit while the celebrities unveiled the Inter Milan-esque blue and black away strip.

 

Life on Mars star Dean Andrews and comedian Daniel Kiston played for the celebrity XI, as did Reds assistant boss David Flitcroft and club physios Craig Sedgwick and Jon Lucas.

 

World Cup referee Howard Webb swapped shirts with ex-Red Gordon Owen and joined the Barnsley team. He was awarded a controversial penalty late in the second half only for Andrews to palm it wide. Owen ordered that the spot-kick be retaken and Rotherham-born Webb smashed the ball into the net and ran in front of the Barnsley supporters where he kissed the badge on his shirt and emphatically celebrated.