Happy memories will come flooding back for Chris Carruthers when he returns to Harborough Town this month.
Carruthers has rejoined Corby Town from Brackley Town and is expected to be in the line-up when the Steelmen play a pre-season friendly at Harborough on Tuesday, July 21.
The 32-year-old served the early part of his football education at Bowdens Park under the late David Joyner before going on to enjoy a career in the Football League career with Northampton Town, Bristol Rovers and Oxford United.
Carruthers admits the debt he owes to the Bees – and especially Joyner.
He said: “I went to Harborough when I was 13 and that’s an important age.
“You can get into bad habits at that age, but Dave steered me in the right direction.
“I was scoring lots of goals for Raunds Tigers and one day I got a phone call from Dave.
“He must have seen my name in the papers and looked up the number in the phone book. He asked me if I wanted to come and play for Harborough Town.
“It was further for my parents to drive, but the standard of football was better and it definitely helped my progression as a footballer and made me the player I became.
“Dave was my first real coach and put together a really good side that won everything. I won my first trophies playing for Harborough Town – and I won lots of them!
“We won all the trophies around Leicestershire and when we went to seven-a-side tournaments during the summer we would win them as well.”
Of his team mates, Carruthers remembers Adam Watson having a trial at Sheffield United, while he went on to make around 200 Football League appearances.
Carruthers said: “Someone from Northampton came to watch me when I was playing for Harborough, they gave me a two-week trial and I signed for them when I was 13.
“I kept playing for Harborough until playing for both teams became too much.
“Harborough Town was definitely a good stepping stone for me and I’m looking forward to going back there.”