Watch Pool legends make playing return

Micky Mellon.
Micky Mellon.
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THEY may be carrying a tad more weight and their hair may be a little thinner, but Blackpool stars from years gone by will be aiming to show they have lost none of their skill in a charity game tonight.

Alan Wright, John Hills, Andy Preece, Junior Bent, Colin Greenall and Fleetwood Town boss Micky Mellon are among a host of former Seasiders stars lacing up their boots, alongside a face from more recent times, Keigan Parker (now of AFC Fylde), and Pool’s assistant boss Steve Thompson in an annual match for Epilepsy UK.

Thompson, who hung up his boots almost a decade ago, said: “It will also be nice to see a few of the old faces I used to play against, though I might not be able to get out of bed the morning after.”

The match takes place at AFC Blackpool on Jepson Way, off Common Edge Road, and is organised by relatives of two local women, Jane Quinn and Natalie Walmsley, who died as a result of the condition.

Helen Lamb, Natalie’s aunt, said: “This is the seventh year we’ve played this game and it has got bigger and better each time.

“What makes or breaks the night is the number of people through the turnstile, so anyone who wants to see some famous faces from the past, watch some good football, and raise money for a great cause should come.

“It takes so much organisation but we are happy to do it because the money is going to a good charity and it is such an important cause for us.”

Kick-off is at 7pm, with a raffle and auction afterwards in the bar (admission £3, gates open 6.30pm).