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Last Updated: Monday, 21 February, 2005, 10:02 GMT
Stars raise football club funds
Laurence Reed and Steve McFadden
The match was the idea of Laurence Reed and Steve McFadden
A celebrity football match raised about 7,000 for a Cornish football club.

EastEnders actor Steve McFadden, who plays Phil Mitchell, brought down a star-studded team to face the BBC Radio Cornwall presenters on Sunday.

The match, which took place at Bodmin Town's football ground and attracted a crowd of nearly 5,000 people, was in aid of Nanstallon Football Club.

The money will be used to help rebuild the club's changing facilities which were damaged in an arson attack.

Raise money

BBC presenter Laurence Reed and his team faced James Alexandrou, who plays Martin Fowler, Cliff Parisi who is Minty in the series, Jack Ryder who played Jamie Mitchell and Dean Gaffney, who was Robbie Jackson.

Barbara Windsor and Kim Medcalf, who play Peggy and Sam Mitchell, came to support the team.

The idea for the match came about when Mr McFadden, who has a home in Cornwall, heard a Radio Cornwall news report about Nanstallon's changing rooms burning down.

Mr McFadden said: "Normally you hear news items and it might be very bad news but there is very little you can do about it.

"But Laurence put this news item up as something you could do something about."

Mr McFadden donated 1,000 towards the new changing rooms and he and Mr Reed decided they wanted to raise more money.

The EastEnders team won the 40-minute game 1-0, with the goal scored by 20-year-old Dan Chapman, a former Nanstallon player.

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