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Witney United v Arsenal Ex-Pro's

This coming Sunday sees Witney United host a big charity game between Arsenal Ex-Pro's and Celebrities v Oxfordshire Legends. Profits from the game will be helping local charities including Help An Oxfordshire Child. Entrance is only 5 for adults, 3 for OAPs and under 16s and FREE for under 12s with a paying adult. There will be bbqs, a pig roast. face painting, bouncy castle, penalty comps for the kids and a chance to see the Oxfordshire team hopefully beat the Arsenal!

The Arsenal squad in the past has included the likes of Mark Ramprakash, Tommy Walsh, Phil Daniels and Ralf Little (who is almost certain to appear at Witney), as well as ex-pros such as Perry Groves and Steve Williams.

Andy Lyne announced his squad of Oxfordshire Non League Legends to compete against the Arsenal Celebrities and Legends X1 on Sunday September 2nd.
Amongst those who have accepted the invitation to play are current Witney coach Andy

Leach (Oxford City, Witney, and Marlow), former Oxford United and Witney defender Roy Clark. Midfielders Paul Spittle (Oxford United, Oxford City, Abingdon Town) Terry Mad Dog Merriman (Wimbledon, Coventry, Windsor, Witney) Terry is still the only player to put Graham Roberts on his ars* in a 50-50 tackle, Shaun Bradbury (Oxford City, Witney) Paul Hackett (Aylesbury) and current Bicester Manager and former Banbury United stalwart Tim Fowler as well as former Witney Town midfielder Mark Gee of course currently in charge of North Leigh and former Town defender/striker Peter Hutter who graced the colours of Aylesbury United also.

Former Witney strike legends Kenny The King Clarke (Oxford City, Marlow) and Carl Henry (AFC Wallingford, Abingdon United) will be teaming up, along with one of this countys all time prolific goalscorers Ian Concannon (Oxford United, Oxford City, Didcot Town). As well as Conners, from the more recent of times we will have Justin Merritt (Watford, Aylesbury, Thame, Oxford City), Rich Peirson (Oxford City, Chesham, Abingdon United) and Mark OHara (Witney, Abingdon United, Highworth, Hungerford). Whilst from the Oxon/Berks border we have two Alfredians in Glyn Austin and John Culley.

Alan Judge should be appearing between the sticks. Judgey had a lengthy professional career at Luton, Reading and Oxford before playing over 100 games at Hereford. He actually played for Oxford at the age of 44, helping them out in a keeping crisis. He has also played locally for Chipping Norton, Brackley, Didcot and Banbury and is currently coach at Southern League Abingdon United. He will hopefully be joined by fellow ex-pro, former Chelsea and Oxford United star Peter Rhodes-Brown. Rosie of course had a good non-league career locally with Abingdon Town and Oxford City, as well as a period as both player and Manager of Marlow.

The gates open at 11am and the big match kicks-off at 2pm.

Posted : 30/08/2007 17:15:33

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