Match to raise cash for charity

Supporters FC players past and present who played in a memorial football match against Sports Bar in memory of their former player Tony Salvin. Picture by FRANK REID
Supporters FC players past and present who played in a memorial football match against Sports Bar in memory of their former player Tony Salvin. Picture by FRANK REID
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FOOTBALLERS past and present are set to come together at the weekend for a charity match in aid of cancer research.

The match between the current Supporters FC team and a Supporters FC Old Boys XI will be played in Hartlepool in aid of the Miles for Men charity, which raises vital funds for Cancer Research UK.

The game is going to be held at Grayfields, off Jesmond Gardens, this Sunday, September 15 at 2pm.

Hartlepool Supporters Club, is based in the town’s Sandringham Road and the charity match has been organised by Kevin Dixon and Chris Birkbeck who are both former Supporters FC players.

Shaun Hope and Kenny Kidson run the current side.

Kevin said: “At the Supporters Club, cancer has touched the club greatly in recent times and a massive effort is going into making the event a success.

“The lads taking part in the game are all donating £10 a man and there is a fundraising event at the Supporters club afterwards which is £5 entry.

“This will include a raffle which has prizes that include a signed Hartlepool United shirt and ball, a signed Jeff Stelling book, meat pack from JG Jones Butchers, a meal for two at The Windmill and many more prizes.

“Everyone is looking forward to the event.”

The Miles for Men, which organises an annual fun run plus boxing, race days and many more events, helps raises thousands of pounds for cancer research.

The run, held earlier this summer, saw hundreds of competitors of all ages walking, jogging and running along the seafront at Seaton Carew.

Father-of-three Michael Day, 39, launched Miles for Men in memory of his dad, Michael senior, who died of throat cancer in 2007, aged 67.

The 5k event follows last year’s successful debut in Hartlepool, which saw 1,000 men of all ages run, walk, or jog a three-mile route.

That raised £40,000 for Cancer Research UK.