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Wellens Pleased With Charity Run-Out

Posted: Wed 28 May 2014
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Midfielder Reflects On Bloomfield Road Return

Richie Wellens was more than happy to return to Blackpool for Sunday's Hedzup Charity Shield.

The midfielder, now 34, scored the decisive penalty as a team of ex-Seasiders beat Once Upon a Smile 3-2 in a shoot-out at Bloomfield Road.

Having previously worn tangerine for five years between 2000 and 2005, the Doncaster Rovers man had no qualms about putting a shirt back on and helping out various charities.

"I got a letter that was sent through to the club asking if I'd like to play in a charity game that raises money for children. I've got three children of my own so I had no hesitation about coming back," he told the official website "The main importance was charity and hopefully we raised a bit of money for it."

Wellens, who received a better reception than he has done in recent years when lining up for the opposition, played the full 90 minutes at Bloomfield Road and once again showcased his abilities.   

"I missed the last seven games of the season so I was obviously suffering a little bit fitness-wise. I've had four weeks off now but I've just spent the last two weeks in Disney World. I landed on the Saturday and came straight to the game on Sunday. I'm pleased with the way it went.

"It was also good to catch up with some ex-team-mates. Some of them I hadn't seen for five, six, seven years so it was nice to see them. Some of them are in good condition," he added.