Teenage Cancer Trust the winners in latest Chasetown FC charity match

Lee Parsons closes down Darren Wrack. Pic: Dave Birt

Lee Parsons closes down Darren Wrack. Pic: Dave Birt

Honours were even in the charity game for the Teenage Cancer Trust with the important final score between Chasetown FC Old Boys and West Bromwich Albion All Stars being the total raised.

At the time the evening auction started, the Chasetown FC Supporters Club announced that the £3,000 barrier had been broken with more totting up to be done.

A crowd of around 450 witnessed a West Bromwich Albion side featuring Richard Sneekes, Dean Smith, Richard O’Kelly and Darren Wrack. Ironically, with several of the predicted WBA players unavailable, the player on the field who had played football at the highest level was former Scholars player and current Coalville Town assistant manager Andy Turner – once the youngest player to score in the Premier League.

Chasetown took the lead with a close range effort from former FA Cup hero Mark Branch, only to be levelled before the break by a sweet strike from the corner of the penalty box from Saddlers boss Smith, leaving FA Cup goalkeeping hero Lee Evans with no chance as the ball nestlef in the bottom corner.

For many Scholars fans, the highlight was the appearance of former right back John Branch, who suffered a broken knee cap in September 2011.

Chasetown manager Craig Harris was in the home midfield with former boss Charlie Blakemore up front, unable to add to his 99 career Chasetown goals, while former leading scorer Lee Bullimore almost netted a late winner.

The auction included a signed Aston Villa shirt, a traditional West Brom jersey signed by Tony “Bomber” Brown plus the new Wolves shirt signed by the 2014/15 squad. Those items all fetched in excess of £100 each.

Click below to see Dave Birt’s pictures from the event: