Raising cash was the goal for Football for Heroes - The Coventry Observer

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Raising cash was the goal for Football for Heroes

Coventry Editorial 8th May, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A LEGENDS’ team made up of a hosts of former Sky Blues stars and managed by former gaffer Aidy Boothroyd beat a Defence Medical Services team in a charity match to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Dion Dublin captained the legends side, which included Darren Huckerby, Kevin Kilbane, Lee Carsley and a host of 1987 FA Cup winners to a 6-2 win at the Ricoh on Sunday in front of thousands of fans in the first ever Football for Heroes game.

Goals from Fitzroy Simpson, Ugo Ehiogu, David Phillips, Huckerby, Matt Jansen and Kilbane gave the Legends a comfortable victory with POMA Deano Keating and Sgt Aaron Wrigley scoring for the DMS.

Dublin said: “I got involved because it’s just one of those charity events that you really want to be a part of.

“People who serve for our country work so hard every day to make sure we are safe and the least we can give is 90 minutes for a football match.”

Alongside the 90-minute spectacle, supporters were able to socialise in a specially created family fan zone, before and after the game, where a number of Armed Forces-led activities took place.

There was also performances on the day from the Military Wives choir and military bands, and, following the match, a dinner and auction took place to celebrate the inaugural event.

Kevin Kilbane back in action at the Ricoh (s)

Darren Huckerby is challenged by Daniel McKinnon (s)

Dion Dublin with two young fans after the game (s)

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