A SPECIAL guest at the final of the Errea Cup football competition in Bideford on Sunday was former Crystal Palace player Bill Worthington. Bill, 90, from Appledore, played as a professional for Palace for two seasons 1935-37. Although only a teenager, h

A SPECIAL guest at the final of the Errea Cup football competition in Bideford on Sunday was former Crystal Palace player Bill Worthington.Bill, 90, from Appledore, played as a professional for Palace for two seasons 1935-37. Although only a teenager, he made his mark as a speedy and wily left winger in a team which then included famous England centre-forward Ronnie Rooke.Bill moved on into the police force and found himself on the pitch almost as often for the Metropolitan Police team.He has "kept his eye" on Palace down the years, said Bill. So when they came to Torridgeside to play in the Errea Cup he was keen to be there.There was disappointment when Palace were forced to withdraw early because of injuries and missed out on the final. But Bill was there courtesy of the organisers and was introduced to the crowd at Bideford Sports Ground before being presented with a Palace shirt signed by their squad.What does Bill think of the modern game: "They don't use their wings enough. Too much play is in the centre," he said.