Blackpool beat Fleetwood in season’s first derby

John Murphy in the thick of the action

John Murphy in the thick of the action

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Blackpool won the first of this season’s three local derbies against Fleetwood Town.

A host of popular faces from the past went head-to-head in a charity fundraiser on Sunday, which the Seasiders Legends won 4-3.

Lovely footwork from David Eyres

Lovely footwork from David Eyres

The match was staged in honour of former Pool pair Billy Ronson and Iain Hesford, and more than 600 fans turned up at Thornton Cleveleys FC to watch the likes of David Eyres, Phil Clarkson, Andy Morrell and Gazette columnist Ben Burgess.

The event was organised by John Cross from the BFC former players’ association and he was delighted with its success.

Yet again we had a fantastic turn out and raised a lot of money for some great causes,” John said.

“The support from Blackpool and Fleetwood fans was great. It was good to see people get involved and enjoy the day.”

Gazette columnist Ben Burgess earned the man of the match award, grabbing a goal in the process ... despite playing well out of position.

Cross said: “Ben stood in at centre-back and looked like he’d played there all his career. Maybe he wasn’t a striker after all!”

An own goal as well as strikes Burgess, Morrell and Barry Shuttleworth sealed the win for Derek Spence’s Seasiders.

Fleetwood gave a good account of themselves with two goals from Lee Catlow and a third by Chris Beech.