Wain makes Wilberfoss AFC History
Matty Wain who joined Wilberfoss AFC over the summer from local rivals Dunnington FC has made ‘Foss history by becoming the first player to represent his country when he was picked for England Veterans tour to Thailand this month.
Wain who has enjoyed a good start at ‘Foss with some impress displays was involved in all games during the tour. After losing the first game 1-0 at Bangkok’s Bang Kapi University, England enjoyed a 4-0 triumph two days later in Sa Kaeo, with a Wain free kick being headed home for the 4th goal by fellow York man Andrew Cox.
Wain who turns 40 next week was one of the youngest squad members in the over-35 side that was predominantly made up of players aged 50-plus, with the eldest being 64. Former York City loan defender Mark Bower was also on the trip, along with fellow ex-professionals Dean Barrick (Doncaster and Sheffield Wednesday) and goalkeeper Darren Heyes (Scunthorpe, Wrexham and Halifax).
During their stay, the England squad visited the Wattana Nakhon and Bannagam schools and ran coaching sessions for students aged five to 15, receiving a police escort for the final two hours of their second trip, close to the Cambodian border.
Wilberfoss full back Wain, who lectures York City’s youth team players at York College summed up the memorable tour by saying: “It was a wonderful experience and it was amazing representing my country and singing the national anthem before the games.
“The trips to the schools were the most amazing days which touched all the players, especially myself, who was experiencing Thailand for the first time.”
Wain was into todays squad as ‘Foss were due to travel to league leaders Civil Service before the game fell foul of recent weather.
Wilberfoss AFC chairman Mark Newby commented “I am very proud of Matthews achievements, this sort of experience is why we worked so hard over the summer to persuade him to joined the club over the summer. Hopefully Matty can use this experience along with many others he has had previously to help other players and youngsters at the club. As a club we are very proud to boast an England international within our ranks and I’m sure Matty has fulfilled a boy-hood dream”