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Wolves v Stoke City old boys match for NACCPO charity
By Holly Ranford, Website Contributor

Eddie Johnson with Stanley Matthews statue in Hanley.
Organiser Eddie Johnson, stands by the Stanley Matthews statue in Hanley.

Businessman Eddie Johnson has organised a football match between ex-pros from Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City after he backed out of a parachute jump in aid of the charity, NACCPO.

Eddie says he "bottled" the free-fall jump for the National Alliance of Childhood Cancer Parent Organisations.

His guilt for backing out led him to set up the match, at Stafford Rangers FC on Sunday 25 April, 2010.

NACCPO supports families with children who are suffering from cancer.

Eddie, from Coven, Stafford, said: "I gave myself up to do a parachute jump for NACCPO but quite quickly after I'd volunteered I realised it wasn't a tandem parachute jump from 10,000ft but it was a freefall from about 45,000ft - and as you can imagine I got a little bit scared and bottled out!"


It was then that he goaded fellow goal-keeping coach and ex-Stoke City player, Neil Cutler into putting together the event.

Ex-Wolves player, Cyrille Regis
Ex-Wolves player, Cyrille Regis, is expected to feature in the match.

Eddie believes the match will also settle the score for both clubs following the Premier League teams' previous two games, which both ended in a draw.

Ex-Wolves player, Cyrille Regis MBE, joins a number of ex-professionals who are expected to feature, including Mel Eves, Graham Shaw and Wayne Biggins.

Eddie said: "In some ways with the older players who have retired there's a little bit more rivalry than in the Premiership itself - so believe me it won't be a stroll in the park; these players want to win".

Stoke City fan, Nick Hancock, features in a video that Eddie setup to support the event. He said: "Stoke v Wolves has all the history; there are wrongs to be righted here".

The day will also feature other entertainment, including the teams' mascots, UK Garrison characters and local singer and song-writer, Ian Dyer, and an evening event will follow at the stadium.

For more information, including ticket prices and times, call 0800 093 6656 or visit www.srfccharitymatch.co.uk


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