Baggies vs Glassboys charity match hits £50,000 target

The third annual charity match between West Bromwich Albion and Stourbridge FC, has hit the £50,000 target being raised for Mary Stevens Hospice.

Alongside the match, organisers also put on a full family fun day with market stalls, zorbs provided by Powerleague Halesowen, fairground games and rides, the chance to meet WBA stars Sam Field & Alex Palmer, a mascot obstacle course, a sporting memorabilia auction and a rare opportunity to meet and greet with the new West Bromwich Albion first-team manager, Darren "Big Dave" Moore.

For the second year in a row it was The Baggies who claimed victory, with man of the match, Nigel Quashie, catching the eye with a dominant midfield display, and a rare appearance on the scoresheet. An enjoyable afternoon finished 5-1, and the majority of the players involved continued their support into the evening, socialising and answering questions with fans in the club house.

Also among the crowd were a few recognisable faces from West Brom's past, including "Super Bob" Taylor and Lee Hughes, with Super Bob coming on the pitch at half-time to present Kewford Eagles and Phoenix Youth with the trophies they won in a recent youth tournament supporting the Hospice.

This third instalment of the event has raised more than £15,000, which takes Matt and Mark's contribution to the charity past £50,000, a figure they say wasn't even in their wildest dreams when they started the event back in 2016. Matt Webb, Stourbridge Old Boys Manager and event co-founder, said:

“When we originally set this up, it was just a case of Mark and I putting our heads together and thinking 'who can we get to play who might help us raise a few grand?'

"To see this event become something that the entire community looks forward to and that's supported by some of the biggest names to ever play for Stourbridge & West Brom still feels very surreal to this day, and to have raised that much money for families at the Hospice means so much to Mark and myself.

We're so grateful to everyone who made it possible again this year, and we hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did.”

Amanda Bowen, Deputy Head of Fundraising & Lottery, Mary Stevens Hospice, added:

“We can't tell the guys just how big a difference they've made to our families once again this year, and it's so emotional for us to know how proud they are of what they've done in Jane's memory.

"We know she held the rain off for us for the third year running, and in return the boys did something so, so special to ensure her legacy lives on in supporting other families battling impossibly difficult circumstances.

"It's a pleasure and a privilege to be involved in this event, and we'd like to thank all of the volunteers, staff, stall-holders, sponsors, players, organisers and fans who made it possible again this year.”


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