Charity game scores a winner for NSPCC

Celebrity Marcquella Ward in action against the Doncaster Teachers Steve Owens (r) and Tim Wilson.  Picture: Andrew Roe
Celebrity Marcquella Ward in action against the Doncaster Teachers Steve Owens (r) and Tim Wilson. Picture: Andrew Roe

NEARLY 4,000 people turned out to see TV stars and ex-professional footballers give Doncaster teachers a lesson of their own during a charity football match.

Actors Marquelle Ward, Lee Otway, Will Rush and Tom Milner, freestyle football world champion Mikey Fisher and Stephen Nicholas of Damned United film fame played alongside ex-Rovers stars Leo Fortune-West, John Buckley and Dave Penney against a plucky bunch of Doncaster-based teachers from schools including Pheasant Bank Junior School in Rossington, Bentley High Street Primary and Wheatley’s Kingfisher Primary.

Despite a hard-fought contest the ‘all-star’ side ran out 6-1 winners at the Keepmoat Stadium. The event raised over £17,000 for the NSPCC.

Rossington singing duo 2 Grand also performed on the night.

Lee Otway, who played ‘Bombhead’ in Hollyoaks, said: “I totally support the NSPCC and think they are a fantastic charity for all they do. It was an honour to be asked to play at such a well-supported event.”

Anthony Temperton, managing director of Doncaster-based Kat Communications which sponsored the team shirts for the teachers, will himself be taking part in the Doncaster Cup later this month which will see business bosses take each other on in another charity football match.

A tream of Rovers players including Mark Wilson and James O’Connor will be trekking through Preu in June in aid of the NSPCC.

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