If you have a story call our newsdesk on 01722 426511 or email us. To advertise call 01722 426500.
Sporting legend to open care home wing
9:40am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in Headlines
SPORTING legend Lawrie McMenemy will officially open a wing at an East Dorset care home next month.
The former Southampton FC manager will open the Acorn Lodge at Oakdene Care Home in Three Legged Cross on November 8.
Oakdene's Acorn Lodge is a dedicated new facility, purpose-designed to care for people with dementia and Alzheimer's.
McMenemy is well known for his time in charge at Southampton FC, where he achieved the unlikely feat of guiding the team to FA Cup glory in 1976. His side overcame Manchester United to lift the trophy, despite being tipped for a heavy defeat.
The cup-winning coach went on to lead his team to promotion in 1978, and reached the final of the League Cup a year later, only to miss out on more silverware to Nottingham Forest.
In 1993 the experienced club manager entered the world of international football when he was named as assistant to England boss Graham Taylor. During his time with the national squad, the Gateshead-born coach was placed in charge of the under-21 side, nurturing England’s future stars.
The 76-year-old now spends a lot of his time on charity work. He is an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, fundraising president of the Hampshire Autistic Society and president of the Honorary Board of Special Olympics GB.