The likes of Kieron Dyer and John McGreal are among the confirmed names set to take part in a hospital and Ipswich Town charity game in Bury.
A bumper crowd is expected to attend Sunday’s game at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow (3pm) to see an Ipswich Legends side take on a team of fans to raise money for dementia services at West Suffolk Hospital and Ipswich Town Academy.
A host of big names associated with the Championship club’s past have been pulled together by former Bury Town player Simon Milton, now their academy sponsorship manager.
Former Tractor Boys goalkeeper Shane Supple is due to fly in from Ireland, while ex-England and Newcastle midfielder Dyer, UEFA Cup winners John Wark and Russell Osman, current player-coach Alan Lee, winger Darren Currie, defender McGreal, Stanton’s James Scowcroft and Bury’s Richard Logan are set to be in the legends’ side.
They will also include Bury-based football coach Steve Roberts and two other fans who have paid £200 each to play in the side, while 17 others who have paid £100 each form the Forget-Me-Not FC opposition, named after West Suffolk Hospital’s campaign to raise £25,000 to improve dementia services in Bury.
Milton, who made 332 appearances for Ipswich between 1987 and 1997, said: “With the ex-players games it is nice to watch a game where it does not matter who wins and there are relaxed people having fun at both ends.
“Whoever plays, it is good to try and get a load of people in to raise money for the hospital and academy, which is what everyone wants to do.”
He added:“Personally, it is nice to go back to Bury where I played and lived for a number of years.”
An auction of the legends’ signed shirts will take place at 5.30pm, including the new Ipswich home and away shirts signed by the current squad.
Proceeds from the bar and food will go towards Bury Town, while a cake stall will be raising awareness of Lewy Body Dementia, the second most common form of age-related dementia, and money for the Lewy Body Society.
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n Tickets are priced £10 adults and £5 children, available on the day, with gates opening at 1pm.