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Wisbech legend Jackie Gallagher to organise NHS fundraising fixture after lockdown

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When football finally returns to Wisbech after the enforced coronavirus break, the first game back will involve a Fenmen legend.

Jackie Gallagher, who made 304 appearances for the club in 18 seasons, scoring152 goals, is organising a charity match at the Fenland Stadium in aid of the NHS.

The game will involve a WisbechAll Stars team against an outfit from the police force and will hopefully take place very soon after restrictions are lifted.

Jackie Gallagher (33725632)
Jackie Gallagher (33725632)

Gallagher, now 62 but still keeping fit by playing five-a-side, says old boys Ian Williams (271 appearances in seven seasons) and Warren Ward will definitely figure, as well as current player Sam Murphy and hopefully King's Lynn keeper and former Wisbech youth player Alex Street and March Town striker Jack Friend, who once had a spell with the Fenmen.

Winger John Purdey, who played with Gallagher at Wolves in the eighties, is at least one ex-Molineux players who will figure.

Gallagher, who played for Wisbech in his teens, twenties, thirties, forties and fifties, has been in talks with Wisbech chairman Paul Brenchley and says money will be raised by a small admission fee, a raffle and, hopefully, some sponsorship.

"It would be nice to make a whole day of it," said the Fenmen legend, whose wife is a day surgery nurse and whose son Joe is a police officer in North Yorkshire. "It will be a welcome return to football for the players and supporters and will also tie in with the club's 100th anniversary celebrations."

The All Stars squad should have about 20 players and all will get game time.

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