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European cup winners unite to kick off fundraising campaign

As Aston Villa fans wait for the start of the new football season, their heroes are getting the ‘old gang’ back together for an evening looking back on their time at the top. Tony Morley and some of the 1982 European Cup Winners will host a special dinner this September to raise money for local charity, free@last.

This unique event is a chance for Villa fans to hear from players including Tony Morley, Gary Shaw and Gordon (Sid) Cowans about their time with the winning team, what lifting that cup felt like, and their take on football today.

Taking place on Thursday 14 September at Chung Ying Central, fans will get to ask the players about their experiences in the eighties, as Tony Morley shares tales from the tour that led them to their victory, before taking questions from the room. Speaking about the event, Tony said:

“After working locally for 30 years, I have grown to know the area well and through Aston Villa built a relationship with John. Working with free@last has meant I can support a local charity working with local people. “

A celebration of 35 years since the big win, the dinner is being held at Chung Ying Central and tickets will include a welcome drink and two course meal.

The event is being held in aid of free@last, which was started in 1999 to improve the lives of children and young people in Nechells by providing opportunities, activities, mentoring and support. Through the delivery of wide range of activities including Youth clubs, sports programmes, career advice, mentoring, family residentials and much more, free@last works towards a goal of eradicating child poverty in their neighbourhood.

“Events like this are vital to free@last to riase both awareness of the work we do and funds which are currently going into the BIG BUILD fundraising programme. The BIG Build will finance the construction of  a brand new youth and community centre in Nechells, enabling us to continue working with and changing the lives of children, young people and families for many years to come.  Being located so close to the Villa ground means we have been fortunate to build relationships with both the club and former players and consider ourselves very blessed that Tony continues to support us in many ways including being one of our Ambassadors,” John Street, Founder of free@last, added.

Tickets cost £60 per person and are available to book online, but are strictly limited so book now!

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