Macmillan Cancer Support was the winner when Whitefield-based Graeme Warner organised a charity football match at The Manchester Grammar School (MGS)
Held in the grounds of MGS on 28 April 2017, the match was in memory of Stuart Dale, a former porter at MGS who passed away after a battle with cancer in 2005.
An All-Star XI made up of MGS parents, which included ex-England and Arsenal star David Platt, former Blackburn Rovers and England star Matt Jansen and ex-Manchester City and Northern Ireland midfielder Jeff Whitley.
And it was the All-Stars who triumphed, beating a team of MGS teachers and staff 6-1.
But the real winner was the amount raised, with the match expected to raise around £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Organiser Graeme, whose son Lee attended the school, said: “It was a great event, boosted by the ex-professionals who helped attract a bumper crowd.”
Simon Jones, Director of Development at The Manchester Grammar School, said:
“Stuart was a much-loved porter here at The Manchester Grammar School, and he is still very much missed. Every year, we hold a football match in Stuart’s honour to raise money for Macmillan and the incredible work they do to help those affected by cancer. Millions of people in the UK have been touched by cancer and I know there are boys, staff and parents within the MGS community who have also been affected by cancer like Stuart’s family have, so the MacMillan charity is one close to our hearts here at MGS.
“It was fantastic to see so many boys and staff donate to the charity and turn out for the match to show their support from the touchlines, and I would like to say a big thank you to all those players who gave up their time, dusted off their boots and shinpads and took part in the match. Together, we expect to raise around £5,000 for Macmillan and we are honoured to have raised so much money in Stuart’s memory. That money will make a huge difference to help people and their families who are affected by cancer so again my thanks to everyone involved.”