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Wisbech Town Legends line-up for annual charity match in memory of goalie Mark Ovendale




Some of Wisbech Town Football Club's well-known former stars will be dusting off their boots to line-up for a charity match next weekend.

Flashback to last year's Mark Ovendale Memorial Shield which saw a four team football tournament at Gorefield.
Flashback to last year's Mark Ovendale Memorial Shield which saw a four team football tournament at Gorefield.

The Fenmen's ground in Lynn Road is the venue on Saturday May 18 for the sixth annual Mark Ovendale Memorial match.

This year the game involves two sides Ovendale FC which include's Mark's son James Mayo, a semi-professional player with Bournemouth Town, and other friends and family, against Wisbech Town Legends.

Among those legends is former Posh player Jackie Gallagher and Fenmen stalwarts Stewart Cobb, Paul Cousins and Jerry Leary.

Goalie Mark Ovendale died of cancer in 2011 aged 37. (9957578)
Goalie Mark Ovendale died of cancer in 2011 aged 37. (9957578)

Goalie Mark, who made 181 league appearances for Northampton Town, Luton Town, Bournemouth and York City, played for the Fenmen from 1991 to 1994. He died of cancer in 2011.

In 2015 match-organiser Justin Cross, who knew Mark from the past and is a Luton Town fan, contacted the goalkeeper's family to ask about organising a memorial match.

Since then there have been five football-based fundraising days with last year's match scoring £500 for Glennfield Care Home in Wisbech.

Flashback to last year's Mark Ovendale Memorial Shield which saw a four team football tournament at Gorefield.
Flashback to last year's Mark Ovendale Memorial Shield which saw a four team football tournament at Gorefield.

The home will once again be the beneficiary of money raised with Justin explaining the home is the chosen charity because both his wife Kerry and daughter Kerri work at Glennfield and also many local footballers have had family members cared for there.

Justin said: "The money will go to the residents' comfort fund. We hope to raise at least as much as last year."

As usual there will be side stalls and a raffle. However, instead of selling raffle tickets this year adults will be charged £2 at the gate and given free tickets for the raffle which has prizes that include two tickets to watch Northampton Town next season, a family day pass for Peckover House and a meal for two at Wetherspoons.

Kick-off is at 2pm and afterwards the FA cup final, which starts at 5pm, will be screened in the clubhouse, where there will also be bingo and a disco in the evening.



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