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Wolves and Albion stars will battle it out in aid of Darlaston revivial

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

  • Robbie Dennison and Andy Mutch

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FORMER stars of Wolves and West Bromwich Albion will be playing each other in aid of Darlaston Town FC this coming weekend.

Stars such as Bob Taylor, Jody Craddock, Mel Eves, Daryl Burgess, Geoff Horsfield, Don Goodman and many others have all signed up to play in a game at Darlaston Community Association, Hall Street, Darlaston WS10 8NL on Sunday 3 August. The game kicks off at 2pm with Wolves mascot 'Wolfie' making a special guest appearance between 1.30 and 2.30pm.

The Black Country club which formed in 1874 folded at the end of the 2012/13 season, but a group of supporters and well wishers have resurrected it. Darlaston Town (1874) FC, to give them their full, new name, will compete in the West Midlands Regional League next season. More than £10,000 has been raised over the last 12 months and the game follows on from a successful fundraiser involving a Walsall FC Legends game.

The game between Wolves All stars and WBA All Stars has taken several months to arrange and Darlaston chairman Neil Chambers has expressed his delight with the final outcome.

"Following the success of the Walsall FC legends game we approached the organisers at Wolves and Albion," Neil told The Bugle. "They have been brilliant and we felt a game between the two All Stars teams was the best outcome for all concerned. Whilst Darlaston is predominantly a Wolves town, local towns such as Wednesbury and Tipton are predominantly Albion country, so we thought it would be best for all the local fans to come and see their former heroes in action."

"Since announcing the game we have had a fantastic response and we are hopeful of a good attendance. When the organisers told me the squads for the games I was astounded at the quality in both teams.Whilst all appearances are subject to availability on the day, to see such names as Bob Taylor, Daryl Burgess, Jody Craddock and Mel Eves in the squad is brilliant.

Other local clubs such as Birmingham City with Paul Devlin and Geoff Horsfield and Walsall with Darren Wrack are also represented."

The squad list includes players with more than 4,000 Football league appearances between them and a competitive game between the Black Country rivals is in store.

Subject to availability on the day , squads are:

Wolves All Stars – Mel Eves, Dale Rudge, Don Goodman, Jon Purdie, Gerry O Hara, Robbie Dennison, Colin Taylor, Andy Mutch, Tony Dinning, Lee Mills, Neil Edwards, Adam Proudlock, Dean Edwards, Jody Craddock, Paul Jones.

WBA All Stars – Bob Taylor, Ian Hamilton, Daryl Burgess, Darren Bradley, Geoff Horsefield, Paul Devlin, Darren Wrack, Mark Swann, Howard Revan, Nick Colley, Ian Mitchell, Dave Davis, Lindsay Cooper.

A Bob Taylor signed shirt and Wolves signed memorabilia are just two of the prizes in the raffle. Admission on the day is £4 for adults and £1 concessions.

Kick off is at 2pm at Darlaston Community Association Hall Street Darlaston WS10 8NL this Sunday 3 August.

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