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Villa legends help net thousands at Oldbury charity match
11:03am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
A GROUP of football-mad friends teamed up to play the Aston Villa Lions and Legends in Oldbury on Sunday and raised more than £3,000 to help keep Langley Town afloat and raise money for research into brain cancer.
TGI Friday’s kitchen manager Liam Mulholland, from Blackheath, organised the match at Warley Rugby Club which attracted more than 450 spectators.
The net profit of £3,348 will be divided between the Warley Sunday League team and the HelpHarryHelpOthers charity set up by inspirational Birmingham schoolboy Harry Moseley who died from a brain tumour in 2011.
Despite being terminally ill, the 11-year-old raised hundreds of thousands of pounds selling bracelets he made for his charity.
Mr Mulholland, of Meadow Road, said clubs in the Warley Sunday League were suffereing from lack of sponsorship due to the closure of so many pubs which spawned them.
He said four have folded already this season, but the donation to Warley Town should help keep the club going for a couple of seasons, The 38-year-old pulled together 28 players who paid up to £100 each to play against Villa legends including Nigel Spink, Lee Hendrie, Gary Shaw and Tony Morley, who showed off their prowess thrashing the amateurs 10-0.
“We didn’t mind the score line - it was just great to play against such legends and raise so much money,” added Mr Mulholland.
Other attractions and fundraising included, raffles, an auction of Villa signed momentos which raised £700, bouncy castle, face painting and old fashioned sweet stall.
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