Around 600 fans turned out at Bury Town to see an Ipswich Town Legends’ side take on fans and raise cash for their academy and dementia care.
Legends including Kieron Dyer, Jermaine Wright, John McGreal, James Scowcroft, Russell Osman and John Wark comfortably walked off with the winners’ trophy in a 9-0 victory.
But charity was the real winner with the day raising £ £6,196.60 overall to be split equally between the West Suffolk Hospital’s £25,000 dementia appeal and Ipswich Town Academy.
West Suffolk Hospital fundraising manager Dave Gooderham, who organised the day with ex-Bury Town and Ipswich player Simon Milton, said: “We were absolutely delighted with how the day went with a great atmosphere on and off the pitch and we have raised some good money for some really worthwhile causes.
“We would just like to thank everyone who has turned out and supported it.”
Ipswich Town first-team player Tyrone Mings was among the crowd, who were entertained by a host of ex-Premier League and international players who showed they still very much had a competitive edge across 90 minutes.
Ipswich Legends’ player/manager Milton said: “We couldn’t have had better weather for it.
There was a lot of people around the ground and the game was a bit of fun played in the right spirit.”
The Forget-Me-Not FC team, who paid £100 each to line up against the legends, were managed by former Northern Ireland boss Bryan Hamilton and were only 1-0 down at the end of the first third, after Milton converted following a mazy Dyer run seven minutes in.
By the end of the second third though they were 7-0 down with class telling in hot conditions with a Dyer strike added to by a hat-trick from paying fan Martin Beecroft, an expertly dispatched penalty from Dyer’s 13-year-old son Kae and a goal from Hartest-based Ipswich player/coach Alan Lee.
Beecroft, the cousin of former Blue Neil Thompson, added an eighth in the final third with Kae Dyer, who is in the Ipswich Town Academy, completing the comprehensive win. Milton’s son Max and 14-year-old Jack Lancaster also made cameo roles for the victors.
An auction of signed shirts, run by Bury Lacy Scott and Knight’s Eddie Chrichton, helped boost the day’s profits further, while a cake stall for the Lewy Body Society, a dementia charity, raised £290.