First Mark Ovendale Cup Match to be staged in memory of late Wisbech keeper who made step up to Football League

Mark Ovendale - Picture: Luton Town Football Club

Mark Ovendale - Picture: Luton Town Football Club - Credit: Archant

A charity match will take place next month in memory of a former Wisbech Town goalkeeper whose life was cut short by cancer.

Mark Ovendale, who represented the Fenmen from 1991 to 1994 before making the successful step up to the Football League, died of cancer aged 37 in August 2011.

He represented Northampton Town, Barry Town, AFC Bournemouth and Luton Town, who paid £425,000 for his services in August 2000, and York City.

Mr Ovendale moved back into the non-league game with Tiverton Town and Newport County before a hip injury effectively ended his playing career in 2007.

The first Ovendale Memorial Cup Match, between a Macmillan FC and Hatters Talk FC, will take place at Gorefield Playing Field on December 7, 2pm kick-off.

Funds raised will be split between Macmillan Cancer Support and SoLYD (Supporters of Luton Youth Development).

The Ovendale Cup, which has been sponsored by Double G clothing from Kings Lynn, will be presented by Janet and Tracey Ovendale.

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The match is open to public and there will be all sorts going on before and after including a raffle, the opportunity to meet Santa as well as surprise special guests and food available on site.

Raffle prizes include tickets to football matches at Northampton and Stockport as well as signed football shirts and boots. Macmillan FC is looking for sponsors to help support the event through sponsorship. For more information, call Justin Cross on 07825 882 269 or e-mail

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