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Villa Oldstars v Sutton United In Aid Of Birchy

Villa Oldstars v Sutton United In Aid Of Birchy

The Aston Villa Old Stars are playing a charity match in aid of Paul Birch who is fighting bone cancer, against Sutton United on July 27, 2:30pm at the Sutton United FC ground in Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield on Sunday.

Entry is £2 including match programme in advance or £3 on the day. Stalls, kids attractions and competitions are also being laid on.

Entry to the ground is by match programme priced £2 in advance or £3 at the gate on the day.

Match programmes are on sale at: Aston Villa FC club shop at Villa Park, Aston Villa FC ticket office at Villa Park and Sutton United FC ground in Hollyfield Road, Sutton Coldfield

The Sutton Observer say: The are going to 'The Paul Birch Trust' that has been initiated by the Aston Villa Former Players Association and they call on all football fans to come along and support the deserving cause.Birch enjoyed a 19-year career as a professional footballer, making 462 first-class, appearances until his retirement in 1999.

They also quote AV PFA chairman Neil Rioch,

'This football match is very special to all Aston Villa former players, as I'm sure it is to all football fans, because Paul Birch is one of life's very special people. With this condition preventing him from working for the past eight months and having a ten-year-old daughter to support, life for Paul couldn't be any tougher, but typically, he is showing the same qualities he did as a footballer in battling this dreaded disease. This match and a series of other events are planned to help generate the funds that will ease the burden and ensure a better quality of life for Paul and his family.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:J P Fear
Date:Friday July 11 2008
Time: 12:35PM


Wow, on my road! ace, I'll be there.
11/07/2008 13:07:00
This might sound like a stupid question, but if he spent 19 years as a professional footballer then why is a charity event necessary to raise funds for Paul and his family? There are thousands of people with bone cancer, many of them children who have not had such a priveliged lifestyle. The Paul Birch Trust should be for the bennefit of everyone in the region with bone cancer, ie funding treatment and the technology to help everyone with this terrible disease, not just to provide Paul's already reasonably wealthy family with a pay cheque. Even so, I wish him all the very best and lets hope he makes some sort of recovery.
11/07/2008 15:17:00
Cyprus - millionnaire footballers are a recent thing. The likes of Birchy and others of his age probably wish they were born 5-10 years later with how the game has gone, as they could only dream about earning 15-20K a week when they were playing.
11/07/2008 15:20:00
I understand your point mike_field, and I agree that the money involved has turned ridiculous in the last 10 years. It's worth remembering however, that footballers have always been well paid, in comparison with the rest of us. Even in the early 1900's they were well paid. A fiver a week went a long way!
11/07/2008 15:27:00
Come to think of it, he only stopped playing in 1999. Top-flight footballers were picking up £10-15k a month even then.
11/07/2008 15:38:00
Wonder how Paul is getting on? I know and appreciate that we're not going to get weekly updates, but his story is of interest to many, and hopefully the club will see fit to keep us informed. Good Luck Aka.
12/07/2008 21:47:00
I both agree and disagree with your comments Villan-in-Cyprus. I understand where you're coming from, but there are funds out there that you can contribute to that are geared to benefit the many who suffer from the disease. This game is specifically for Paul, and we do have the opportunity to contribute to his cause, or sidestep the game if we so wish. I'm certainly not saying that you are wrong in what you say though, far from it.
12/07/2008 21:52:00
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