Sunday 6th September, 2015. The scene was set, Barton Town Ground Euronics Stadium was to hold the charity match of the year. The sun was shining and the pitch was ready to take a battering from the battle of the boots. The epic game of Wren Kitchens vs Hull City Legends was upon us…
The Hull team included legends such as Dean Windass, Lawrie Dudfield, Ryan Williams and Peter Skipper. It was an honour and a privilege for our boys to play against the heroes they’d grown up admiring. And they certainly didn’t disappoint! Here they are walking out with their mini mascots:
We also had some very special guest appearances from official Hull City mascots, Roary and Amber! They kept all the little ones entertained, and were their usual cheeky selves!
Our 150ish spectators were thoroughly entertained, and our Wren boys didn’t fail to impress with their sheer determination to give the legends a decent run around! The score at half time was 1-0 to the legends, thanks to a free kick from Ryan Williams, with a strong defense formation in place from our Wren team. A change in tactics in the second half led to the legends scoring a further 3 goals, giving Ryan Williams a hat trick and Dean Windass netting the other. Our own Luke Briggs (Training Team) scored the goal for Wren which was met with a roar of cheer from the crowd, leaving the final score at 4-1 – not bad!
Our pitch heroes in action…
Matt Oates (Wren team captain) added:
“It was an absolute privilege to play against the legends, we had watched the players in our youth and to now have played against them is a dream come true for a lot of us! The Wren lads put their hearts into matching the ex-Hull City pros. We look forward to making charity football matches a more regular occurrence. We’re proud of the result, and will hopefully face the Hull legends again in the future. Until next time…”
As you know, this charity football match was all in aid of CLIC Sargent, so as well as charging a few pennies on the gate, we arranged a raffle with some fab prizes, and nearly sold the whole ticket book! There was a signed Hull City shirt up for grabs, and one of our porters here at Barton was lucky enough to scoop this top prize, presented here by Lawrie Dudfield. We also gave away a signed City ball, Flamingo Land tickets, local hairdresser Xandria’s vouchers, local restaurants Harrison’s and Gin Gin meal vouchers, a DAB radio from Lindsey Relay electronics shop, a nail polisher and buffer worth £40 from Lloyds Pharmacy and lots of wine and sweets!
We managed to raise a whopping £660.32 on the day, with players donating £10 to take part, and the proceeds from the gate entry and raffle. We’ve also secured (so far!) £2,500 in sponsorship from our generous suppliers Frederick Thomas, Meredith Group, Sapphire Signs, Biffa and Hobson & Porter. If you’d like to donate, you can do so on our Just Giving page.
We’ve had some fantastic feedback from members of staff and locals who attended, so we’ll definitely be looking at regular ‘battles of the boots’… And of course, it’s the perfect opportunity to raise valuable funds for our chosen charity (as well as rallying up some friendly competition between team members!). No hard feelings, ‘ey Deano & Co.?