TV stars in footy match

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TELEVISION actors and ex-professional footballers led an all-star squad to victory in a soccer clash.

The Arsenal charity team – captained by The Royle Family’s Ralph Little – secured a 10 - 1 win over their opponents from Tesco Extra, Chesterfield in the Easter Sunday match.

With a team that included ex-Arsenal players like Tony Murtagh and Eddie McGoldrick, and Albanian international, Nestor, the Arsenal charity team had a distinct advantage in the game, held at Staveley Miner’s Welfare.

But despite their loss, Tesco’s side were still winners on the day, raising over £4,000 for their chosen charities.

“It was a brilliant day, with a great turn-out and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves” said match organiser, Craig Tromans, who works at Tesco Extra.

“But it must have taken Ralph Little ten minutes to get from the carpark to the pitch because he was swamped by fans.”

Craig, 25, has been planning the match since May 2011, following the sudden death of his friend’s dad, Barry Herbert, from a brain tumour.

“We have been raising money for Brain Tumour UK since then, and the money raised on Sunday will be split with them, Tesco’s charity, Alzheimer’s Society and the Arsenal Charitable Trust” added Craig.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “The event was really well received, with a great crowd of family, friends and customers popping along to show their support. Thankfully the weather just about held off and everyone had a really great day.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Arsenal’s charity team for joining us, as well as Staveley Miners Welfare FC for providing such fantastic facilities and of course all of our sponsors for helping to raise an incredible amount of money for these wonderful charities.”

As well as the game, there were stalls selling cakes and locally-made produce and a bouncy castle on the day.

ellie.hunter@derbyshiretimes.co.uk