Chadderton manager Mark Howard was a member of a group who organised a fund raising event for victims of the Manchester Arena terror attack.

Over 300 of the city’s football teams, and many from further afield including a Disability Team from South Wales, took part in a 24 hour footballing marathon on June 2nd, which was held at the Tameside Stadium, home of Curzon Ashton FC.

The event raised £43,721 for the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, a charity set up by the British Red Cross to support victims of the attack.

Speaking to the Oldham Chronicle, Mark, one of seven organisers who took part, said:

“£10,000 was our initial aim. We thought it would be good to raise that but it has passed all of our expectations. You just don’t realise the love and support from people.

“We were devastated by the events and wanted to do something and it just escalated, everybody wanted to get involved”.

Mark gave special credit to fellow volunteer Simon Cooper who came up with the idea of the marathon match.

He said: “Simon deserves a massive amount of credit for the organising of the match.”
DJ Mike Sweeney, boxer Terry Flanagan and former Oldham Athletic player and manager Andy Ritchie were among the participants on the day.  A cheque for the money raised was presented by former Manchester United and England star Paul Scholes to representatives of the fund.


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