A charity football match raising money for the renovation of a small village's local team is set to see Burnley FC stars of the past roll back the years in the name of fundraising for a good cause.
In an effort to raise funds for Carleton FC, a small club based in the village of Carleton to the north east of Earby, for the club to renovate their facilities at their Ramper Park ground, the Carleton Veterans are gearing up for the visit of a Burnley Vintage Clarets side boasting over 750 Clarets appearances and more than 200 goals.
At present, the list of former Turf Moor favourites set to feature includes David Hamilton, John Deary, Tony Hancock, Peter Mumby, Paul Atkinson, Roger Eli, Liam Robinson, Paul Weller, and Graham Lancashire, with entry to the match on Sunday, May 6th free for everyone.
"I was talking to the manager and chairman of Carleton FC around seven months ago, and that's where the idea came about to organise a game with the Vintage Clarets," explained Glenn McMillan, Vintage Clarets' kitman and himself a Carleton resident. "The changing rooms and clubhouse are in need of repair and modernisation, so we're looking to raise some funds."
With Ramper Park open from 1:30pm and the match kicking off at 2:30pm, a range of other attractions are also available on the day, including a BBQ, refreshments, a bouncy castle, and ice cream, while a post-match raffle and auction will be held at The Swan Inn on Main Street in Carleton to raise further funds.
"We've got a lot of Burnley players from the '90s involved in this game, so they've played quite a few games for Burnley," said Glenn, who said that more former players are to be anounced in due course. "We've also got a raffle with prizes donated by local companies, and afterwards we're doing an auction which will have signed Burnley shirts, footballs, different types of memorabilia and we've got about a dozen items that have been donated.
"There's something for everyone, and it's looking like there'll be a good turn out," he added.