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Ipswich Legends help to raise sizable figure

ON THE BALL: Former Ipswich and England playmaker Kieron Dyer (left) challenge
ON THE BALL: Former Ipswich and England playmaker Kieron Dyer (left) challenge

A charity football match involving several legends that have previously pulled on the Ipswich Town shirt raised a significant sum of money on Sunday.

The encounter, which was played at Bury Town’s Ram Meadow ground, provided supporters with the opportunity to play against or alongside some of their heroes, while raising money for the Forget-Me-Not Dementia Campaign and the ITFC Academy.

In total, £6,165 was raised, surpassing the previous record of £5,400 from two years ago.

“The money raised far exceeded our expectations,” said Dave Gooderham, who is the communications manager for West Suffolk Hospital Charity and helped to organise the game.

“It was overwhelmingly positive and I must thank everyone that helped to make it happen.

“In the three years we have been doing this match, we have raised over £16,000 for the two charities, which is fantastic.”

The final score was 12-2 to the Legends, who boasted the likes of Matt Holland, Kieron Dyer, Titus Bramble and Darren Currie in their ranks.

Meanwhile, ex-Ipswich centre-back Terry Butcher took control of Forget-Me-Not FC.

“Terry managed like he played the game, which was great,” added Gooderham.

“He certainly did not come to lose, although sadly that ended up being the case.

“He gave a rallying team talk before the match and really got into the spirit of things.

“All the other players were great as well and helped to make the day so successful.”

Gooderham also reserved special praise for the volunteers that helped ensure the game could be played.

The wet conditions saw most of the local sport washed out on Saturday, but 24 hours later, the Bury pitch was ready for action.

“The weather was kind to us, but Bury did a lot of work so we could play,” he said.

“They are a great club and all of the volunteers did a fantastic job.

“I do not know if the match was ever in danger of being postponed, but I know there were some puddles on the pitch at one stage.

“We feared the worst, but the hard work thankfully paid off.”

Gooderham also wanted to add further thanks to Haverhill-based Pete’s Painting And Decorating Services for taking on the role of match sponsor.

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