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Weymouth induct legendary quartet into hall of fame

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WEYMOUTH legends of yesteryear gathered at Weymouth College as the Terras hosted a glitzy hall of fame induction evening.

In an initiative created last year with the induction of 11 past players, the club’s second hall of fame night ushered four more players onto the revered list.

Phil Stocker, represented by sons Malcolm and Neil, was posthumously inducted after passing away in 2005 aged 72, while Bryan Lawrence, John Waldock and Stewart Yetton were also recognised.

All inductees received lifetime season tickets, with Waldock and Lawrence present for Weymouth’s 5-1 thrashing of Maidstone United on Saturday.

Speaking to Echosport, Weymouth chairman Ian White felt the event had been a runaway success.

He said: “I’m really pleased. We inducted the 11 last year and we’ll be doing four each year.

“Three of them are fans’ votes and the fourth one is the board’s vote. It’s good for the club to remember the good bits of the past.

“I’m really pleased with the venue, with Weymouth College, it’s great. I’d recommend it to anybody, it’s incredible and the food was lovely.

“It’s great to see everybody enjoy it and it helps to raise money for the club.”

Hosted by Bob Lucas Stadium announcer Zack Alexander, the evening produced a mixture of fundraising and celebration.

Weymouth kitman Dave Tune even got in on the act, winning the yellow and red card game to claim a £100 cash prize and a signed Weymouth shirt.

Attendees dined on a fine three-course meal at the college’s Avenue Restaurant before a generous raffle.

There was even a look back at last season’s Southern Premier South victory over Farnborough, where the Terras’ 3-0 win sealed promotion to the National League South.

Weymouth’s latest set of inductees have all played an enormous role at the club.

Full-back Stocker joined from Barnstaple in the 1955-56 season, making 614 appearances and scoring 45 goals during his 13 years with the Terras.

Fellow full-back Lawrence is third on Weymouth’s all-time appearance list with 666 games across his 12-year stint.

Waldock signed from Sunderland in 1995 as a 19-year-old defender, going on to make over 350 appearances in his 10-year spell at Weymouth.

Goal machine Yetton played just 162 times for Weymouth but still managed to score a remarkable 93 goals.

Affectionately known as ‘Yeti’, the striker is currently player-assistant boss at Southern Premier South leaders Truro.

Also present at the event was former Weymouth goalkeeper Andy Donnelly, signed by former Terras’ and Manchester United manager Frank O’Farrell.

Donnelly made 97 appearances for the Terras before joining Torquay United in 1967, where he again linked up with O’Farrell.

Dorset Echo