Villa legends turn out for good cause

Footballing legends from 
Aston Villa visited the town 
on Saturday for another 
fundraising match.

About 200 people attended the game at Communications Park, home of Daventry Town Football Club, which saw a Villa Lions and Legends line up against a team made up of local players.

Aston Villa Lions and Legends vs local players

Aston Villa Lions and Legends vs local players

Among the players who took part were Nigel Spink, Ken McNaught, Tony Morley and Gordon Cowans, all of whom had a hand in Aston Villa winning the European Cup against Bayern Munich in 1982.

There was also an appearance from former Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton and support from Shaun Teale. Local players Ryan Bishop, Jack Wise and Jack Creaney turned out for the Villa Lions and Legends games.

The Legends were 9-1 winners against the Daventry Villa XI. Dave Robinson scored the solitary goal. Ryan Amoo scored a first half hat-trick, Bryan Small grabbed two while there was a goal each from Tony Morley, John Capaldi, Steve Staunton and Jack Creaney.

The game was held to raise funds for the Gary Barton Memorial Trust which donates money to the Cawthorne Ward at Danetre Hospital and Talbot Butler Ward at Northampton General Hospital.

Terry O’Neill, who organised the match, said: “There was two man of the matches given. Ken McNaught picked out Peter Aldridge as the local team Man of the Match which was awarded to him by Shaun Teale, and the organiser’s Man of the Match was awarded to Des Pratt, given to him because of his ethic towards the game.

“Nigel Spink signed his gloves for the auction, and Jason O’Farrell booked the whole team and so we also had a yellow card full of the players’ signatures. It was a great day.”