FA Cup legends reunite for Africa charity

NDET 95946'Chesterfield FC v Middlesborough at Old Trafford from 1997 draw in the FA cup semi final.
NDET 95946'Chesterfield FC v Middlesborough at Old Trafford from 1997 draw in the FA cup semi final.

A team of Chesterfield FC legends - including many who played in the FA Cup semi-final at Old Trafford - is set to play in a charity match next month.

Stars such as Jamie Hewitt, Andy Morris, Jon Howard and Chris Beaumont will be reunited to raise cash for Academy Africa, a UK-based football coaching organisation.

The match will be staged at Staveley MW’s Inkersall Road ground on Sunday, March 4, kicking off at 2pm when a 1997 FA Cup semi-final side will take on a Chesterfield Colleges XI.

Five FA qualified football coaches from Chesterfield FC’s Centre of Excellence, and Chesterfield Sports College are heading out to Uganda in April to coach football with local football teams, villages and children in and around the capital Kampala.

They are currently fund-raising for the trip, which is expected to cost around £1,000 per coach, and they have so far held a sponsored abseil at Millers Dale Bridge, and a Race Night at the Mill Pub.

The Spireites Legends side is being managed by former Spireite and Bolton captain Kevin Davies, with the following players expected to feature: Chris Marples, Marcus Ebdon, Mark Jules, Chris Beaumont, Chris Perkins, Jon Howard, Andy Morris, Jamie Hewitt, Shane Nicholson, David Reeves, Paul Hall, Adam Smith, Roger Willis, Gaz Davies, Mark Hudson, Andy Richmond and Alan O’Hare.

In addition, other former Spireites will be giving their support, including Jamie Ward, Jamie Lowry and Wayne Allison.

The Uganda coaching initiative is being supported by Chesterfield FC, VK Kick Energy drink, Chesterfield College, and Acclimatise an outdoor sports equipment company.

The Chesterfield party of Ashley Foyle, Matthew Thorpe, Neil Cluxton, Karl Vickers and Andrew Brownrigg will not only share their coaching knowledge with professional and non-professional football coaches during their 12-day visit this April, but they will also be going out into the local community to support the Edgars Youth Project. This is a special initiative to help get young persons of all social classes out of pathetic and vulnerable situations through football activities.

Each coach will be taking with them a big bag of football kit, footballs, and coaching equipment which will be left with the youngsters in those local communities that don’t even have a football.

Anyone who would like more details on how to support this worthwhile project can contact Matt Clarke on 07545 448 697, email academy.africa@hotmail.co,uk or go their facebook page.

Pictured is the moment at Old Trafford when the celebrations began after Jamie Hewitt scored against Middlesbrough to make it 3-3 and earn Chesterfield a replay.