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Fan auctions raise £15,000 for charity

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: June 17, 2014

Darren Purse, David Busst, Ian Taylor and Matt Murray at the Club Legends Cup launch event

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THE twelve successful bidders from the Club Legends Cup fan auctions will be lining up with their heroes at the LG Arena on Saturday July 12 this year.

Hundreds of fans submitted their bids to represent Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Bromwich Albion, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Coventry City and Walsall in the unique indoor football tournament taking place the day before the World Cup final.

The successful bids have raised nearly £15,000 for Midlands blood cancer charity Cure Leukaemia.

The lucky winners will be playing with the likes of Lee Hendrie, Stiliyan Petrov, Darren Purse, Michael Johnson, Stephen Pressley, David Busst, Matt Murray, Jorge Leitao and many more legends from Midlands football, allowing them to become legends for the day themselves.

Each will receive VIP treatment, with an invitation to the exclusive after party with the players and an appearance in the official event programme amongst the additional benefits on the day.

Chief Executive of Cure Leukaemia James McLaughlin said, "We are incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by football fans around the region and the money raised from these auctions will be worth £150,000 in potentially life-saving drugs.

"We know the fans will have an unforgettable experience safe in the knowledge their donation will directly help save the lives of leukaemia patients around the Midlands."

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper and tournament ambassador Matt Murray said, "I am very excited about being involved in this tournament. Fans always say that they can do better so this is the perfect opportunity for them to show us in person!

"I think it will be a memorable tournament for everyone involved and hopefully we will raise a huge amount of money for a great charity in the process. I look forward to lining up with some of my old teammates as well and you can be sure that we will want to win!"

The winning fans are:

Aston Villa – Neil Murdock, Aaron Hodgson.

Birmingham City – Richard Flanagan, Paul Mills.

West Brom – Grant Oakley, Lee Jervis.

Wolves – Paul Terry, Jake Everley.

Walsall – Matthew Robinson, Daniel Vayro.

Coventry City – Jason Johnstone, Andy Burton.

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