Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday October 8 2012
Update to this Sunday's match for the Lions & Legends v St Mary's:
Former players in squad that have agreed to play on Sunday 14th October are:-
Awaiting further confirmations.
Aston Villa Lions and Legends to take on Birmingham St Mary`s Hospice
A team of young upstarts from Birmingham St Mary`s Hospice are hoping it will be third time lucky when they take on a squad of footballing legends from Aston Villa.
For the past two years, a variety of former Villa players have managed to deny victory to the Hospice team, which is made up of friends of Kings Norton charity supporter Kieran Lavin.
But after losing only 3-2 in 2011, the amateurs are feeling more confident than ever.
This year`s exciting showdown, whose proceeds will be donated to the Selly Park-based Hospice, is set to take place at the West Midlands Travel Stadium in Wheeler`s Lane, Kings Heath, on Sunday, October 14.
Kick-off between Birmingham St Mary`s Hospice and Aston Villa Lions and Legends is at 2.30pm
Kieran said: "For the past two years, the charity match has gone from strength to strength and in total has raised close to £20,000 for the Hospice, which is amazing."
He added: "In addition to seeing some of the top former Villa players in action, this year`s event promises to be a great family afternoon, with a range of entertainment on offer including an inflatable assault course, wellie wanging and go karts."
Hospice fundraiser Jen Boilestad said: "Kieran`s done some amazing work in pulling together the annual charity match yet again, so on behalf of our patients and their families I would like to say a big thank you.
"We`re really excited about this year`s event and we`re sure the Hospice team has a strong chance of beating the Villa legends!"
Kieran organised the first match between the Hospice and former Villa players in April 2010 after witnessing the care provided by the charity to one of his close friends.
With around 500 people turning out on that glorious spring afternoon to watch a great game of footie a total of £8,200 was raised for the Hospice.
In 2011 the match had a new focus in the form of the Michael Cuddy Memorial Trophy, set up in celebration of the life of one of the Hospice team members, Michael Cuddy, who died suddenly in June 2010.
Tickets for the match are £4 each are available from the Hospice on 0121 472 1191 or can be bought on the day. Children under 12 enter free.
Date:Monday October 8 2012
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