THE years are set to be rolled back this Christmas for Braintree Town supporters and some of their former players with a festive treat at the IronmongeryDirect Stadium and four lucky fans will have the chance to line up alongside their heroes of yesteryear.

On Friday, December 29, a Braintree Champions side will face a Braintree Legends team with a host of popular players who have graced the Cressing Road pitch and brought glory to the club in years gone by coming back to don Iron colours once again.

The Friday night game will kick-off at 6.30pm with the game as the centre-point of an evening of fun events for fans and the players who have confirmed that they will attend so far makes impressive reading.

They are mainly from the Braintree team that won the Ryman League premier division in 2006 under manager George Borg.

Players confirmed so far include Nick Morgan, Louis Riddle, James Hawes, Eugene Ofori, Paul Lorraine, Robbie Martin, Billy Burgess, Brad Quinton, Andy Porter, Chris Piper, Lennie Piper, Bertie Brayley, James Baker, Michael Shinn and Ian Cousins, with Alex Revell and Danny Gay also possibles to play.

The game is the brainchild of current Iron boss Brad Quinton and assistant manager Andy Porter, who played together in that 2006 side.

Quinton said: “Ports and I spoke about it as we speak to a lot of the players still and everyone was keen to do it.

“The chairman was keen and the directors were behind it and we have all come up with ideas and it should be a great night.”

Admission to the night is free, but donations for the Iron’s Twelfth Man initiative can be made and there will also be an auction for fans to be involved on the pitch as part of the special action.

Four 23-minute slots can be bid for so fans can take their place alongside their heroes of that special 2005/6 campaign.

Anyone who would like to bid to be in one of the two sides can send their bid with their name, address, telephone number and e-mail to: Funds raised by the Iron Twelfth Man initiative will go towards strengthening and improving the club’s current playing budget as Quinton’s 2017/18 team bid to write their own piece of promotion history.