Town Vets to take on Villa old boys

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A TEAM of footballing legends will descend on the town this weekend to take on a Daventry Vets’ team and raise cash for charity.

A squad of Aston Villa Old Stars, possibly containing members of the 1982 European Cup winning team, will head to Communication Park on Sunday for the annual clash.

The match will raise funds for Birmingham-based Acorn Children’s Hospice and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Past Villa stars Stan Collymore, Steve Staunton and Ian Taylor are on the list of players who might feature, but the final squad won’t be known until the weekend.

One of the match organisers Mark Pettifer said: “The Villa team have a squad of about 50 players and they send some of them down on the day. We are not sure exactly who’ll be coming yet, but we know Mark Kinsella, the new Daventry Town manager, will definitely be playing.

“A lot of the players on the list were in the European Cup-winning team so it would be great if we can get a few of those along.

“There’s a massive Aston Villa following in Daventry because of the Birmingham overspill during the late 1960s and 1970s.

“So we are hoping for a big crowd of around 1,000 all being well.

“Our aim is just to raise as much money as possible for the two charities.”

This is the third year the teams have met and the Daventry Vets are hoping for a change in fortune.

Mr Pettifer added: “The Villa Old Stars have won the other two matches so hopefully it’ll be third time lucky for Daventry.”

The day runs from 12pm until 11pm with the game kicking off at 2pm. Admission costs £3 for adults and £1.50 for children. To book tickets or for more information, email mark.pettifer151@btinternet.com or call 07944 193626.