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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Football legend’s bid to kick off for charity in Cumbria

A STAR-STUDDED line-up of football legends could form part of a veterans team to play a charity match in south Cumbria.

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legend Peter Barnes in his playing days at Manchester City SUBMITTED

Peter Barnes, a former England and Manchester City winger, says an all-stars team from the Premier League club could take on players in Barrow next year.

The match would be held to raise money for the Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund, with star players possibly gracing the turf at Holker Street.

The move comes after Mr Barnes was invited to attend the Lake District Farmers celebrity chefs event next month at the Clarence House Country Hotel and Restaurant in Dalton.

Mr Barnes, who won 22 caps for England during his career, said: “Maybe next year we will come to Barrow to play as a veterans team to raise money for the charity.

“We’ve done lots of veteran matches for North West charities over the years.

“We’d love to support the charity however we can. It would be fun.

“The club has started a good relationship with the charity, and if they are interested, we could play a match.”

Mr Barnes, now 56, said Manchester City had a pool of 25 to 30 former players who take part in special exhibition matches, including the likes of former Scotland international, Andy Morrison, and former Carlisle United manager, Paul Simpson.

It is hoped that ticket sales from the match would go towards the Armstrong Family Charitable Fund, which raises thousands of pounds for local causes and groups.

Mr Barnes will be joined by fellow City star Tommy Booth for the celebrity chefs event on February 2. They will be taking part in a Q&A session on the day, discussing their time at some of the world’s top clubs.

Tickets for the Sunday night, which cost £100, and include a champagne reception, are available by calling 01229 870168.

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