A football club has handed over almost £1,000 to two good causes after a well-supported charity legends match.
Stamford AFC hosted a legends versus all stars game in aid of Cancer Research and the club’s own charity The Daniels Foundation.
The game, in which the legends ran out 3-1 winners over the all stars, was watched by more than 200 fans at the Vic Couzens Stadium.
A total of £900 was raised on the day and that money has now been evenly split between the Daniels Foundation and Cancer Research UK.
Leading the legends team of former Stamford players covering a 40-year period was Malcolm Hird, who skippered the Daniels in the 1976 FA Vase Final at Wembley. Hird returned to the twin towers four years later to lift the FA Vase trophy after masterminding a 2-0 victory over Guisborough Town.
In charge of the All Stars team, made up of former local players, members of the club’s coaching staff and representatives of club sponsors, was lifelong Daniels fan Gary Hopkins.
Club commercial director Paul Pepper said: “It was a fantastic occasion and a very competitive game. It was played in the right spirit but with a bit of bite as well.
“It was the first time a lot of the legends had played in years – it was the first time I’d put my boots on for 22-years and I could certainly feel it the next day!
“The money has been delivered to both charities and the Daniels Foundation will look to put it towards something that will benefit all age groups.”
The club has secured lifetime sponsorship for the dugouts at its new ground in Ryhall Road. Orchard Windows and Conservatories has signed on to support both the home and away benches.
Orchard director Mark Atkinson said: “Orchard Windows and Conservatories are proud to be supporting Stamford AFC at their superb new ground.”