Legends on form at charity fundraiser

Ex-England footballers with Frickley AFC team (dark top) at the Legends Football Match.
Ex-England footballers with Frickley AFC team (dark top) at the Legends Football Match.

Fundraising footballers collected more than £3,000 for charity as they held a special legends match at Frickley Athletic this month.

The Legends XI, which featured the likes of David Hirst, John Beresford and Steve Charles played a full 90 minute match against two local sides on Sunday, July 7, at Westfield Lane, raising a grand total of £3,346.

The money was raised for Beth’s Angels, a local charity set up to help the families of those affected by the M62 crash last month, in which 18-year-old Bethany Jones was killed and 19 other women injured as the group travelled to a hen party in Liverpool.

The Legends played the first half of the match against a side from Gibson Booth Accountancy, who had paid to field a team on the day, with the second half contested against a team made up of the family and friends of those involved in the accident.

In two high-quality encounters, the Legends won the first half 3-2 against Gibson Booth, before taking a 4-2 win in the second half against the friends and family XI.

Beresford scored the pick of the goals for the Legends with a brilliant solo effort, while Hirst also fired in a spectacular 35-yard strike.

Also turning out for the Legends team were former players Gavin Oliver, Tony Gregory, John Pearson, Jim Dobbin and Dean Barrick.

After the game, former England international Hirst held a Q and A session with fans at the ground, while other members of the team mingled with the crowd.

Former Manchester United star Lee Sharpe, who was forced to withdraw from the side due to injury, also turned up to support the event.

A raffle was held with prizes donated by local businesses as well as signed shirts, and the day was brought to a close with live music.

The event was organised by Allan Howcroft, with special thanks to John Pearson, Gary Marshall, Steve Kindon, Andrew Scullion and Frickley Athletic FC as well as everyone who donated, attended on the day or supported the event in any way.

Beth’s Angels was set up soon after the M62 crash in April this year, and raises funds for and support the victims of the accident and their families.

The charity also donates to the Air Ambulance, who were one of the emergency services who treated those injured in the crash.

Beth’s Angels has already held a number of events in the region and has more on the way, including sponsored walks, boxing matches and a Christmas Carol Concert later this year.

Anyone who would like to donate to Beth’s Angels can do so by visiting http://www.bethsangels.co.uk/make-a-donation/.