They say love is lovelier the second time around - Sheffield Wednesday hero David ‘Bronco’ Layne and wife Pat would certainly agree.
The sweethearts have just tied the knot for the second time after they split up and went their separate ways for the best part of a decade.
The couple said their vows again at the Town Hall Register Office before enjoying a reception at the Cross Keys pub in Handsworth.
“It was a great day, really tremendous,” said the former Owl, who was the club’s ace striker in the early 1960s.
“It wasn’t a late night but it was really enjoyable,” he said.
David, now aged 75, and Pat, 71, came back into each other’s lives seven years ago after splitting up in the mid-1990s.
They married first time around in the momentous year of 1966, and had three children Lisa, Jacqueline and Mike.
It was Lisa’s wedding in Greece that was to bring them back together.
“I was with someone else at the time and she wondered if Pat would be at the wedding,” David said.
“I said of course she would be, and she wasn’t happy about that. To cut a long story short I ended up going to the wedding on my own.
“I met Pat again, we talked and really got on well and it all went from there – that was seven years ago.”
The couple are now living happily in a bungalow in Darnall.
“Of course the children and the rest of the family are delighted that we are together again. They’ve not made too much fuss but I think they’re all thrilled to bits,” David said.
“We had mainly family at the wedding – though that’s quite large these days.
“And we had our closest friends there – none of my former team-mates, though I still regularly see Don Megson and Johnny Quinn,” David added.
David’s golden period at Hillsborough was from 1962 to 1964 when he scored 58 goals in 81 games.
After his retirement from the game in the 1970s he became a successful pub landlord, running a number of hostelries around the city.