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All star football team is on its way to Haverhill

Lashings All Star XI captain Perry Groves in action during their match against Maidstone Veterans XI

Lashings All Star XI captain Perry Groves in action during their match against Maidstone Veterans XI

A football team made up some of the biggest names in the English game is to take on a Haverhill XI in a charity match.

The Lashings XI will line up against a Haverhill Town side at 6pm at the Vion Sports & Social Club on Thursday, May 16.

After the game 200 guests will be able to enjoy a sit-down meal and entertainment, including a comedian, in the company of the Lashings players, who are captained by former Arsenal winger, and now media pundit, Perry Groves.

Lashings World Cricket XI has played an annual fixture at Haverhill Cricket Club for six years, and it is that link that has led to the arrangement of the match in May during what is the Lashings football team’s first season.

Haverhill Cricket Club committee member Greg Street said the fixture came about following an initial conversation with Lashings chairman David Folb during their match last August.

Greg said: “I’m hoping it will be a success and that we will be able to raise a bit of money for the local cricket club and the local football teams and a bit for charity.”

Money will be raised for West Wratting FC and Kedington Youth FC and possibly, although unconfirmed, Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The post-match hospitality will include tables for eight to ten diners and tickets will be available from Haverhill Arts Centre nearer the time.

For hospitality enquiries call Greg Street on 07885 336080. For more details go to www.haverhillcricketclub.co.uk.

The Haverhill team will be managed by Simon Youngs and include locally based players.

The Lashings squad includes Paul Merson, Matt Holland, Pat Nevin, Ray Parlour, Steve Claridge and Tony Cottee, among others.

 

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