MORE than 1,600 Chester City fans paid tribute to long-serving goalkeeper Wayne Brown at the Deva Stadium on Sunday.

His testimonial match at the end of a promotion season in which he was able to play only 16 games because of a foot injury, was an afternoon of nostalgia as former Blues players turned out in a light-hearted game.

Supporters were disappointed former favourites, Ian Rush, Stuart Rimmer and Billy Stewart failed to appear, but many others played, including Gary Bennett, Shaun Reid, Nick Richardson, Neil Fisher, John Murphy, Chris Priest, Ross Davidson, Grenville Millington, Nigel Edwards and Bob Delgado, as well as former managers Graham Barrow and Kevin Ratcliffe.

Brown, who played for 20 minutes, said: 'I'd like to say a massive thank-you to all those fans who turned up. I didn't know I was that well supported. I will take away a lot of memories from the day.'

The goalkeeper hopes to begin training in July with the rest of the squad in time to start the first season back in the Football League.