Stourbridge and West Brom charity match to take place on Sunday

A much anticipated charity match between former players from Stourbridge FC and West Bromwich Albion will come to the War Memorial Ground in Amblecote this Sunday.

The gates will open at 1pm, where supporters will be greeted by the Mayor and Mayoress of Dudley and invited to enjoy a big family fun day in support of the Mary Stevens Hospice.

Guests will also have the opportunity to find out more about the work of the Health Hub and sign up for the donor register with the Anthony Nolan charity, who are attending as a guest of the Hospice on the day.

At 1.45pm, mascots from the likes of West Bromwich Albion, Toys 'R' Us, The Tenth Lock and loads more will take part in an oversized obstacle race, with the first mascot to score a goal claiming victory.

Then, at 2:30pm, the game will kick off, with legends teams made up of 16 former professionals from West Bromwich Albion, and more than 20 former-players from Stourbridge going head to head. Both sides will also feature special guests from Mary Stevens Hospice, Anthony Nolan, Black Country Radio and West Bromwich Albion. Mark Naylor, Event co-founder and West Bromwich Albion Goalkeeping Coach, said:

“The weeks have flown past, I can't believe we're here again so quickly. The support this game has had over the last few months has been like nothing Matt or I could ever have dreamed of, and we'd just like to say how grateful we are to the players, fans, staff and volunteers for making the day possible.

"It's going to be an unbelievable afternoon, and we can't wait to welcome everyone on the day!”

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

"If there was ever a community occasion to get down to, then we'd suggest this may well be it. The day is chocked full of incredible things going on, culminating in a game between 40 of the best players we could possibly have hoped for.

The difference a day like this makes to our families at the Hospice cannot be overestimated, and we're just so grateful and privileged to be involved once again. The game last year changed lives, and we have no doubt that this year's will be even bigger and better than before."

Tickets are only available on the turnstiles, and cost £5 for ages 16+. Under-16's come in for free, and the gates open at 1pm at the War Memorial Athletic Ground, Stourbridge, DY8 4HN.


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