... and then watched his former team inflict a comprehensive defeat on the promotion hopefuls.
The club’s special guest was given a guard of honour by both teams and applauded onto the pitch where he acknowledged support from all four sides of the ground.
Recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease, Tony, his father and former playing colleagues spent time in the Shankly Lounge before kick-off then watched Reds produce a ‘top-drawer’ performance in their 3-1 victory over play-off favourites, Stourbridge.
David Hewson made an emotional speech thanking Tony for his contribution to the club and Cumbrian football in general, before presenting the former skipper with a canvas print and a scrapbook reflecting on his distinguished career with the Reds.
Tony was joined on the terraces by Will Varty, Jeff Thorpe, Marc Cleeland, Darren Edmondson and Graham Anthony.
A bucket collection during the game raised £633 which, added to the collection made at the Skelmersdale game, raised £1108 towards the Fightback fund.
The Tony Hopper Fightback Fund is donating all proceeds to the Motor Neurone Disease Association in their fight to find a cure for this disease.
Donations can be made on the Tony Hopper Justgiving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tony-Hopper
Updated 14:39 - 19 Mar 2017 by Paul Armstrong