Pre-season friendly in aid of Help for Heroes

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BURY Town will host Wootton Bassett FC in a charity match for Help for Heroes as part of their pre-season programme.

The Blues will allow all uniformed armed forces personnel into Ram Meadow for free, with other adults paying £5 and concessions £3.

Bury vice-chairman Adrian Lewis and Wootton Bassett chairman Chris Jones came up with the idea for the match, which will take place on Saturday, July 16 (3pm).

Lewis said: “I know Chris thorugh work and as a friend. With the Wootton Bassett connection with the forces, I thought it would be a good idea to put a charity match on for Help for Heroes.

“We are trying to get as many servicemen from as many bases down to the game in uniform as possible and hope to have an army band on the pitch, as well as people going round with buckets.

“We won’t make any money out of this — all the proceeds are going to Help for Heroes.”

Richard Wilkins’ men kick off their friendlies the night before at Newmarket Town (7.45pm) in a match in memory of Bury supporter and ex-Jockeys boss John Wright.

They then host Football League opposition in the form of Ipswich Town and Colchester United on Wednesday, July 20 (7.45pm), and Saturday, July 23 (3pm), respectively.

The Blues are back on the road to Dereham Town on Wednesday, July 27 (7.45pm), before travelling to Kirkley & Pakefield on Tuesday, August 2 (7.45pm).

Bury have a home clash with AFC Sudbury on Friday, August 5 (7.45pm), and another against Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Cambridge United on Monday, August 8 (7.45pm).

They complete their programme with a trip to Ridgeons League champions Leiston on Saturday, August 13 (3pm).

n Bury Town have relaunched their website, much to the delight of chairman Russell Ward.

He said: “The other one was a bit dated and limited with what we could do with it, so we’ve had this one specially made for us.”