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Legend Anni Iannone loved his return to the club to mark his 60th birthday

TERRAS’ legend Anni Iannone admitted he “might go down and watch a few more games” after he returned to see Weymouth thump Slough Town 6-1 at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Saturday.

The former Weymouth star, who made 710 appearances for the club scoring 182 goals between 1976 and 1993, was presented with a framed picture by Terras’ chairman Chris Pugsley before kick-off on what was a surprise visit back to the club arranged for his 60th birthday.

“My eldest daughter sorted it all out. I didn’t know anything about it,” said the former striker, who found the net with a superb looping header to set the platform for the Terras’ famous 3-2 FA Cup comeback victory over Cardiff in 1982.

“I think one of the last ones I went to was on Boxing Day when they beat Dorchester 8-0.

“After all those years of not being down there it was a bit strange but, I have to admit I did love it. I really enjoyed myself and it was brilliant.

“Most of those players weren’t even born near enough when I retired really. They wouldn’t know who I was but some of the older faces said hello to me which was nice.”

Speaking about the game itself, he added: “When they got it together after around 20 minutes they played some great football.

“A club like Weymouth should be in the top flight of non-League. They have been out of the top-flight for years now and they should be getting back up there.

“It’s a well-run club and it’s a nice club, it’s just a shame with the league they are in. They should be up there playing with the top boys of non-League.
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“I might go down and watch a few more games. It was very much appreciated and it was a fabulous day.”

Chairman Pugsley added: “It was great to see him come and celebrate his birthday, he is a legend of the past that’s for sure.”

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