Soccer stars do battle for Tim’s Charity

A team of legendary footballers came to Daventry on Sunday to challenge local players in a charity match.

The game saw a Liverpool Legends team including Alan Kennedy, Jason McAteer, and John Wark take on a team of Daventry locals, the Daventry Town reds XI, at Communications Park.

Photos by Martin Bradley

Photos by Martin Bradley

The Legends played a strong first half, but in the second 45 minutes it was the Daventry side’s turn to shine.

However, the game ended 6-1 to the Liverpool Legends.

Terry O’Neill, one of the organisers, said: “It was a great afternoon, except the weather, which was a bit damper than I would have liked!

“It was a good game; Liverpool played brilliantly in the first half.

“It was like watching them in the old days. I’m not a Liverpool fan, but I used to watch them back then just for the quality of the football.

“In the second half the local lads started to play a bit better and it was a bit closer. It was a great game though.

“We had a good crowd turn up for the match, despite the weather.

“Everyone had a great day, and we raised a good amount of money for charity, although we’re still working out the final amount.

“Afterwards we had an auction with some memorabilia and that raised about £1,000 on its own.

“It was John Wark’s birthday as well, and Jason McAteer led the VIPs in singing Happy Birthday to him.”

The event was raising money for Tim’s Charity, set up in memory of Tim Hemmings who grew up in Long Buckby. He died at the age of 36 at the Cynthia Spencer Hospice from clear cell sarcoma.

The charity was set up by his parents Yvonne and Bill from Long Buckby and Tim’s wife Mia, who lives in West Hunsbury.

They are raising money to improve the experiences of young people when they go into hospices.