School’s rich football heritage to be celebrated as old boys return

Published on: 05 May 2014

PHILIP DURY

A FOOTBALL match with a difference is being played next month as part of the continuing sixtieth anniversary celebrations at Stanbridge Primary School in Downend.

James Baker, a long serving teacher at the school, has arranged a special match between the school’s successful football team and a selection of players who attended the school over the past six decades.

The Stanbridge Old Boys’ team will be managed by South Gloucestershire Liberal Democrat Councillor Jane Allinson, a former deputy head at the school who coached the team in the 80s and 90s.

The match, provisionally scheduled for June 17, will be supported by Bristol City and Bristol Rovers Community Trusts and may have a celebrity referee. Trevor Challis, ex QPR and Bristol Rover legend will also be in attendance.

“Stanbridge has a rich footballing heritage and the school want to celebrate this sporting legacy,” Mr Baker said.

“Members of our all-conquering team from the 60s will be participating alongside the dads of current pupils. Players from our 2012 Wembley winning side will also be in attendance.”

The event will also be raising funds for Prostate Cancer UK.

Mr Baker said: “Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Every hour in the UK, one man dies from prostate cancer and over 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year - that’s more than 100 men diagnosed every day. It’s estimated that by 2030, prostate cancer will be the most common cancer.

“This event will raise money to help combat this form of cancer and raise awareness of the terrible disease. The Prostate Cancer UK charity have given us their full backing and have offered to help out in the organisation of the event and provide shirts for the ‘old boys’.”

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