Memorial football match for Wisbech’s Mark Ovendale raises more than £500 for charity
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A charity football match raised more than £500 in memory of former Wisbech Town goalkeeper Mark Ovendale.
It was the fifth year running for The Mark Ovendale Memorial Cup match - organised by Justin Cross.
Mark, 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.
Four teams came together to battle it out for the cup on Sunday (May 27) - including a team made up of Mark’s family and friends.
Justin said: “I knew Mark from the past and I’m a Luton Town fan and he went on to play for them, so I really wanted to do something in his memory.
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“Five years ago I contacted his family and we decided to set up this memorial tournament.
“Ever since then we have had a great response every year.”
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The teams were Macmillan FC from Wisbech and Luton, AFC Macmillan and Ovendale FC.
The match took place at Gorefield Playing Field in Wisbech.
Around £520 was raised for Wisbech-based care home Glennfield, who provide care for those suffering with the early onset of dementia.
Mark represented Northampton Town, Barry Town, AFC Bournemouth and Luton Town, who paid £425,000 for his services in August 2000, and York City.
He moved back into the non-league game with Tiverton Town and Newport County before a hip injury effectively ended his playing career in 2007.
He later had a coaching role at Wimborne Town, where he made a handful of appearances.
Justin added: “Mark’s niece came over from the States too and played in the match and scored a goal.
“We had a really good turnout of around 150 people so it makes it all worthwhile.
“Mark would have been delighted if he was looking down on us. His family and friends really enjoyed the day.
“It brings his memory back and keeps his name alive.”
Speaking at the time of his death, Wimborne chairman Ken Stewart said: “Mark came to us as goalkeeping coach, he was very professional and well liked, and his work helped put us on the road to our eventual promotion.”