There was a surprise in store yesterday at the Wham Stadium for an Australian visitor. Michael Cullen, formerly of Huncoat, was visiting Accrington from Melbourne in Australia for his parents’ Golden Wedding Anniversary, when he was interviewed on the pitch by our own Josh Adcroft.
Michael and his brother Anthony played for Huncoat United Junior F.C. – which his Dad helped to found – until he was too old to sign on. At Bradford University he played for the University, and he also coached the ladies’ football team. He has also played for Peel Park F.C. on the old Accrington Stanley ground Peel Park.
Michael and his wife Susan and daughter Freya emigrated to Australia seven years ago. Living now in Melbourne he has played football for his local team.
He wears his Accrington Stanley shirt with pride when he goes to any Australian football matches, and has been to the ASFC shop to buy more club kit on his visit.
He was here on a short visit as a surprise for his parents Barbara and John, on their Golden Wedding Anniversary and was very pleased that Stanley were playing at home so he could watch the match live.
Michael met a number of his old playing friends on the Clayton End with his dad John, Uncle Vincent and brother Anthony.
He returns to Melbourne today (Sunday).