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Wisbech Town Legends take honours against Ovendale FC in annual memorial charity match for former goalie




Some of Wisbech Town Football Club's well-known former stars laced up their boots for a charity memorial match at the weekend.

Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669444)
Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669444)

The match, held at the Fenmen's stadium, was in memory of former Wisbech Town goalkeeper Mark Ovendale.

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.

Ovendale FC.
Ovendale FC.

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 and the event took off from there.

Wisbech Town Legends.
Wisbech Town Legends.

Saturday's game, which saw the Wisbech Legends take on Ovendale FC was the sixth charity match and saw the Legends, which included former Posh player Jackie Gallagher and Fenmen stalwarts Mark Jimson, Darren Jimson, Paul Cousins and Jerry Lowery take the trophy.

Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669375)
Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669375)

Current first team coaching staff Darren Edey and Luke Hipwell also played.

They beat their opponents, which included Mark's son James Mayo who travelled from Bournemouth with his family for the game, 6-3, with a crowd of around 250 cheering the teams on.

Justin said the game saw some great sportsmanship. Goalscorers for the Legends were: Darren Edey, Stuart Ablett, Ian Williams, Wayne Garner, Jake Miller (2).

Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669446)
Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669446)

The Ovendale scorers were: Warren Clark, Mark Keeley and Wayne Morton .

After the final whistle came the presentations which included flowers being given to Mark's mum Janet and sister Tracey.

Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669375)
Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669375)

Mark's Aunt Honorsponsored the match ball and this was presented to her with all players signing it, there was a man of the match award for both teams chosen by the officials andLegends' man of match was Lewis Thompson while James Mayo took the honour for the Ovendales.

Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669376)
Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669376)

Around £400 was raised before the bingo in the evening for Glennfield Care Home's comfort fund with more to come from the bingo and disco that followed the match.

Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669377)
Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669377)

Justin said: "Thanks to Wendy, Katie, Jude, Jackie and all the Glennfield volunteers who worked tirelessly through the afternoon and night, also to Paul Brenchley and Jonny Pearce at Wisbech Town FC for the free use of the facilities and to the club staff."

Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669378)
Wisbech Town Legends v Ovendale FC in memory of..Mark Ovendale ex Wisbech Town player and Luton Town FC. (10669378)


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