Celebrity football match brings in the crowds

PUBLISHED: 13:29 23 April 2007 | UPDATED: 22:44 28 May 2010

March Town United and a host of celebrities

March Town United and a host of celebrities

By Tom Jackson ABOUT 1,000 people filled the GER to bursting point on Sunday when Tommy Walsh and a celebrity/ex-professional Arsenal team took on March Town United. Former world champion boxer Terry Marsh, former Arsenal players Brian Hornsby, Ian Allins

Tommy Walsh in goal

By Tom Jackson

ABOUT 1,000 people filled the GER to bursting point on Sunday when Tommy Walsh and a celebrity/ex-professional Arsenal team took on March Town United.

Former world champion boxer Terry Marsh, former Arsenal players Brian Hornsby, Ian Allinson, Mickey Nunn and Danny O'Shea were some of the well-known names who managed to get to March, after a number of players got held up by trains between London King's Cross and Peterborough station.

So, to make sure the Gunners had plenty of substitutes, March gave them a few of their more than 20 players who turned up.

The Hares fielded a number of past and present players and were less than a minute away from winning the game; a goal from Arsenal two minutes into injury time secured a 3-3 draw.

After the match, March chairman Gary Wesley said: "It was fantastic to see the crowd here, just like the old days, but it was for a worthwhile cause in the form of the Arsenal charity and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

"We have got to thank Tommy Walsh for setting it up and, hopefully, there will be much more."

Hopes though of a replay at the Emirates Stadium look a little dim though, with Arsenal stating this would happen "when it freezes in hell".

The money raised will be split between the Arsenal charity and the Air Ambulance. That figure was helped by a raffle which included more than 20 prizes.

March woman Gill Collins, of Foxglove Way, March, was the lucky winner of the Cambs Times competition to win a March Town shirt signed by the Arsenal celebrities. Her name was picked out at half-time by match referee Adam Titman, from Whittlesey.

- See this Friday's Cambs Times for more photos from Sunday's Big Match.

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