Fundraisers organising charity football match for Rosemere

Posted on - 4th April, 2021 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Preston News, South Ribble News
Fellow match organiser and member of the Official England Supporters’ Club England football team Nicky Simmonds

A duo of football fans have been working hard for 14 months to organise a charity football match for Rosemere.


Ian Crowther, of Clayton-le-Woods, and Nicky Simmonds, of Accrington, have teamed up to organise the charity football match featuring a plethora of former pro players with the goal of raising money for Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

Terriers supporter and chef Ian and Nicky, who is not only a member of the Official England Supporters Club but also plays for its England team, have enlisted the likes of Brett Ormerod, Colin Hendry, Billy Kee and David Norris to turn out for an ex pro XI against a Rosemere XI made up of the best of current local league talent.

Ian Crowther, co-organiser of the Rosemere XI vs Ex Pros XI football match at AFC Darwen’s Anchor Ground in July

Ian, who overcame testicular cancer following a 2008 diagnosis, said: “We have been organising this match for the past 14 months as we originally intended it to be played last summer. Its postponement due to the pandemic means we are confident it will now go ahead bigger and better.

“We have some great ex pros committed to play and are planning an auction, raffle and entertainment to make sure of a fantastic evening for both avid followers of the game and those that are less committed!”

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Both teams are to play in special match kit donated by York-based One 4Teamwear. Other match sponsors include Green Thumb Blackburn and The Busy Food Company.

The match will be played at AFC Darwen’s The Anchor Ground on Friday 16 July and kicks off at 7.30pm.

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The match is a ticket only event and up until June 30, early bird tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children. After that, adult tickets will cost £8, concessions £5 and child tickets £3 although there will be a family ticket (two adults, two children) at £18.

Tickets are available here.

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