Former Pool pair on double charity mission

Stephen Crainey and Gary Taylor-Fletcher with Viv Thompson from Brian House and Evan
Stephen Crainey and Gary Taylor-Fletcher with Viv Thompson from Brian House and Evan
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Some of Blackpool’s Premier League heroes will be back on the Fylde coast this weekend, to raise money for two charities close to their heart.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Stephen Crainey are hosting a fun-day at Fylde Rugby Club in Andsdell on Sunday in aid of Brian House and the Gary Parkinson Trust.

It’s all part of the launch of their new football academy on the Fylde coast aimed at finding the town’s next star.

They are hoping the likes of Keith Southern and Matt Gilks will attend in aid of some things close to the squad’s hearts.

“When we were at Blackpool we used to visit Brian House once a year with the full squad,” said Taylor-Fletcher.

“It’s a place which became close to our hearts and it was the first charity we thought of once we decided to hold this event.

“The work they do down there is brilliant, we’ll try and help any way we can.”

Taylor-Fletcher and Crainey will hold coaching sessions between 2pmand 6pm on Sunday afternoon, along with a host of family attractions.

And Lisa Martin, Community fundraiser at Brian House said: “It’s lovely to see the players hold us in such regard.

“Gary called and we were thrilled, we can’t wait for the event.

“The Blackpool players were here so often, privately and publicly.

“We will be down there with some of our children, it’s a day we are all looking forward to.”

The event will also raise money for Gary Parkinson, the former Pool coach who suffered a stroke during Pool’s season in the Premier League in 2010.