THOUSANDS of fans joined players past and present to pay tribute to Micky Lewis.

Oxfordshire’s football community congregated for the ‘One for the Road’ charity game at the Kassam Stadium, which raised funds for the legend’s family.

His young son Zach was unquestionably man of the match, scoring twice and getting an assist as a late substitute for the Oxford University side – who were coached by the U’s legend for 18 years from 2002.

James Constable, who played for United when Lewis was assistant to Chris Wilder, felt the afternoon summed up his impact across Oxfordshire.

The ex-striker said: “As players, we were aware he’d go off in the evening and work with the uni and local teams.

“It’s phenomenal the amount of work he did in the community, so for us to come out and show appreciation is amazing for the county – not just Oxford United.”

Constable was part of a United ‘2010’ side, which featured players who helped the club return to the Football League and other fan favourites.

Johnny Mullins scored as they drew the first half 1-1 with the Oxford City All Stars, who opened the scoring through Steve Basham.

“I’m lost for words, to be honest. It’s a very special day,” the former U’s striker said.

“Micky touched so many people’s hearts and this just shows that.

“I knew he had done so much for the whole of Oxfordshire, he was all about giving, giving, giving.”

A United legends side took to the pitch after the break, with Alan Judge, Jim Magilton, Joey Beauchamp and former U’s boss Chris Wilder all involved.

It was a star-studded dugout, too, with former England boss Steve McClaren taking charge of the team alongside Denis Smith.

The ex-United manager said: “Micky was a one-off, I don’t think you’ll find anybody who’s got a bad word for him.

“His attitude to life and to football was exactly the same – let’s enjoy it.

“All the players wanted to be here, because they all thought a great deal of him.”

McClaren added: “It’s so sad to see him go, but this is a fantastic tribute.

“So many people came out to celebrate a great life.”

Alongside the 3,096 spectators at Grenoble Road were several more ex-players, including Matt Elliott, Phil Gilchrist and Andy Melville, plus special guests Jim and Tom Rosenthal.

Dermot Gallagher was referee, while Karl Robinson and the current United squad also attended.

The legends side had Clarkson’s Farm star Kaleb Cooper in goal, but the true special guests were Zach and Lewis’s wife Suzanne.

The university side were already 2-0 up when Zach came on to secure a 5-0 win.

McClaren added: “It was fantastic to see his lad come on and score.

“They were good finishes by the way, so we’re keeping an eye on him.”