Former footy star helps to net £11,000

Daryl Clare
Daryl Clare

AN EX-professional footballer studying in Doncaster joined celebrity comedians to take part in a charity football match - raising tens of thousands of pounds.

University Centre Doncaster student Daryl Clare, who played for a host of clubs including Grimsby Town and Chester City, featured alongside funnymen John Bishop and Jason Manford for the match which helped to raise £11,000.

The money will go to a trust set up in memory of seven-year-old Cheshire boy Cieran Geddes who died of a heart attack while playing football with his friends.

Proceeds will help to buy defibrillators for schools and the British Heart Foundation.

The game was on familiar territory too for Daryl, a sports student in Doncaster, as the match took place at Chester’s Exacta Stadium.

The prolific goalscorer, who netted over 160 goals in a career spanning 16 years, has just finished his first year at the High Melton campus and plans to become a physical education teacher.

The 33-year-old said: “It was an honour to play in the charity game and raise money for such a good cause. It was a great turn out and the whole day was positive and successful.”