A team of Preston North End staff and former players took to the pitch on Wednesday in order to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
North End manager Simon Grayson led a team including Dean Windass, Kevin Kilbane and Mark Lawrenson to an 8-1 victory over a Preston fans XI.
The proceeds from the match went towards Grayson’s fundraising efforts, which include cycling from London to Amsterdam this coming June.
The amateurs weren’t alone however, and after going in 7-0 down at the break they received a stern half time team talk from current Preston players Kevin Davies, Tom Clarke and Joe Garner.
Thousands of pounds were raised by the fans’ eleven after they took to eBay to bid for the chance to play against the ex-professionals.
Grayson opened the scoring with a superb solo effort, and in a post-match interview he joked about comparisons with multiple Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Lawrenson and Windass both got on the scoresheet, as did Paul McKenna, Jon Macken, Barry Nicholson and John Dreyer.
The Preston manager’s fundraising efforts continue, having already raised over £11,500 through online donations.
After the match, Grayson thanked everyone for their support. He said: to the Preston official site: “I’ve had cheques come through the post from Bristol supporters, Swindon supporters, and many other football clubs. It’s fantastic to see everyone united in this effort to raise awareness for Prostate Cancer.”
Simon Grayson, who hopes to secure his side promotion to the Sky Bet Championship on Sunday, is raising money for the charity after his close friend Stephen Garbett died of the disease in September last year.