Tottenham Legends to grace Clarence Park

TOTTENHAM Hotspur Legends are set to take on BAM Nuttall in a football match in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

Darren Anderton, Mark Falco, Steve Sedgley, David Howells and Justin Edinburgh are part of the Spurs Legends squad expected to play BAM Nuttall XI. The match kicks off at 2pm on Sunday (May 20) at St Albans City Football Club’s Clarence Park.

John Murphy, from international civil engineering company BAM Nuttall, has organised the match in aid of the BHF.

He said: “One of our former employees passed away last year from a heart attack and we wanted to do something to help support the wonderful work the BHF carries out.

“We really hope that people turn out in force to support this family event and I am grateful to my colleagues for the enthusiasm that they have shown in supporting this event – they all want to play in our BAM team! It’s a great opportunity to see some famous players and to raise money for such a worthy cause which has meant so much to us. Special thanks go to John McGowan, co-owner at St Albans City FC, and everyone at the club for hosting the match.”

As the nation’s heart charity, the BHF is dedicated to saving lives from heart disease. Sadly every six minutes someone dies from a heart attack and nearly all of us know someone who has been affected by heart disease.

It is hoped that this event will raise �5,000 for the BHF’s Mending Broken Hearts Appeal.

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At the moment, there’s no cure for a broken heart. Once your heart muscle is damaged by a heart attack, it can never fully recover. But there is hope.

The Mending Broken Hearts Appeal is one of the BHF’s most ambitious projects ever.

Its goal is simple – to fund the research that could begin to literally ‘mend broken hearts’. To do this the nation’s heart charity needs to spend �50 million on research to repair damaged hearts. This groundbreaking research will help us learn how to teach the heart to ‘heal itself’.

BHF fundraising volunteer manager, Georgia McCormack, said: “I am thrilled that this event is going ahead in support of BHF this year, especially with the recent story and media coverage of football player Fabrice Muamba which has highlighted the urgent need for funding into the Nations Heart Charity. This event will not only help us to reach our target of �50 million for the Mending Broken Hearts Appeal but will also raise a huge amount of awareness about our lifesaving work.”

Garston Ladies’ U9s team will be collecting for the BHF and their club at the match. The Garston Ladies teams have been involved in a number of BHF fundraising activities as U14s team member Poppy Edwards, 14, underwent major heart surgery at the age of 11. Poppy’s love of football has helped her to recover and lead an active, healthy lifestyle.

Tickets are available at the turnstile on the day and are �5 for adults and �2.50 for senior citizens and U12s.

A raffle will also be drawn on the day, and a silent auction taking place with Spurs mementos up for grabs.

For ticket information call St. Albans City FC on 01727 848914 or Cerco Communications on 01727 847407.