LES Robinson was blown away by the occasion as just under 2,000 people watched Oxford United beat Liverpool Legends 1-0 in his testimonial.

Paul Wanless scored the only goal of the game, which was played out in scorching conditions at the Kassam Stadium.

It was a fitting send-off for the popular right back, whose 458 appearances for United in the 1990s puts him sixth on the club’s all-time list.

Robinson’s moment in the sun came almost two decades after leaving the U’s, but it was worth the wait.

He said: “It was awesome. It was a bit warm for the old legs and that showed a little bit, but I really enjoyed the occasion.

“The fans were outstanding and it was lovely to see them here, I just hope everybody had a good time.

“I had my time and it seems a bit surreal coming back.

“Because of the way I left, having turned down a contract, I never really had closure, but I think this will do it.

“I think this will be my last ever game and to play it here in front of the Oxford fans – and keep a clean sheet – is fantastic.

“I can’t thank people enough – the committee, the club, the fans, all the people who have rallied round.

“That’s why Oxford United is such a great club, because we do things for each other.”

The one sour note was the sight of Phil Gilchrist being stretchered off with an Achilles injury in the second half.

Among the other star names in the home side’s line-up was Joey Beauchamp.

The winger, who shared a testimonial with Dave Langan in 2011, was thrilled to see Robinson honoured.

He said: “I played with Les for a long time, he’s a real legend of the club. He was always reliable and a true gentleman as well.

“To get this many here just for him on a scorching hot day shows how much he’s appreciated.

“I’m really happy for him, because he deserves it.”

Denis Smith, who reprised his role as United boss, said: “The one thing with Les was you knew he would turn up every day and would be a seven or eight out of ten every game.

“He had that consistency, he was a first-class professional.”

The visitors were managed by former England defender Phil Neal.

He said: “For a decent professional it’s a pleasure for us to be here.

“Well done to him because he dedicated himself to this football club.”