On Tuesday 5th March, outgoing West Bromwich Albion manager, Darren Moore, was joined by Sam Field, Matt Murray, Andy Pountney, Mark Naylor and Matt Webb, on a visit to Mary Stevens Hospice to meet patients in the build-up to a charity match between West Bromwich Albion and a hybrid legends team known as the Stourbridge Wolves.
The group spent an afternoon meeting patients and their families at the Hagley Road charity, taking time to learn about the care provided by the Hospice in the local community.
Speaking after the visit, Amanda Bowen, Deputy Head of Fundraising & Lottery, Mary Stevens Hospice, said: “There aren’t really the words to express just how grateful and overwhelmed we have been by the support all three clubs and the players involved on the day have shown us.
To a man, you could not wish to meet a more sensitive, humble and compassionate group of people and to have given our families the opportunity to make a special memory and meet some of their heroes is something that I and everyone here at the Hospice will cherish forever.”
A host of stars have already signed up to play in the fourth annual charity match for the Hospice, with the likes of Joleon Lescott, Adam Proudlock and Lee Naylor joining Nigel Quashie, Des Lyttle, James Chambers, Darren Byfield, Dele Adebola and numerous others in lending their support to the match.
Started by Matt Webb and Mark Naylor in 2016 in memory of Matt’s Mom, Jane, the annual fundraiser has raised more than £50,000 through the previous three matches which also include a big family fun day and a sporting auction to help raise vital funds for the Hospice.
After a 1-1 draw meant the sides couldn’t be separated in the first year, West Bromwich Albion have retained the Jane Webb Memorial Trophy for the past two years on the bounce and Stourbridge co-manager, Matt Webb, is hoping this is the year they finally overcome the Baggies with the Wolves’ support.
Matt Webb, Stourbridge Legends Co-Manager said: “This event just seems to get bigger every year and we are so grateful to the lads from the Wolves for throwing their weight behind it and joining us for the day. Frankly, the journey from Mark and I having a catch-up over a coffee in 2016 to where we stand today with some of the most iconic players ever to wear the shirts all wanting to be involved is still completely surreal and I do have to pinch myself some days to check this is actually happening.
We’re confident of finally getting the better of the Albion this year and with the likes of Matt Murray in the dugout and Joleon Lescott at the back, West Brom have got every reason to be coming into this one with more than a few nerves.”
The charity match will be on Sunday 7th April 2019 at the War Memorial Athletic Ground, Stourbridge, DY8 4HN. Gates will open for the fun day at 1pm and the game will kick off at 2:30pm.
Tickets are just £5 for adults and free for ages 15 & under and can be booked online at: www.marystevenshospice.co.uk/event/super-sunday-2019.
Or to find out more about the care provided by the Hospice, visit: www.marystevenshospice.co.uk.
The match is to be sponsored by Keltruck, Prospect Coaches and GS Industries.