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Spence To Manage BFC Legends

21 May 2014

Charity Match on Sunday

Derek Spence will take charge of the Blackpool Legends' side in the Hedzup Charity Shield on Sunday, kick-off 2pm.

Assisted by Terry Pashley, the former Pool forward will be in the dugout as the likes of Danny Coid, Richie Wellens and Scott Taylor take on actors and pop stars from Once Upon a Smile.

The event, which will look to raise money for charities and awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children, is one that he's looking forward to.

"It will be slightly different managing your friends and ex-colleagues but I am excited, although I will be extremely nervous," Spence said. "Terry Pashley is in this environment every day and he will want to win. He will have all the tactics sorted out and he's more experienced than me for this sort of thing."

Other names involved in the game include Mike Davies, John Hills, Gary Brabin and Ben Burgess, with ex-players now living up and down the country determined to take part. 

"I take my hat off to all these guys because we sent a letter out and they all replied to say they want to do it for a fantastic cause. We're quite passionate about our community and the club have really pushed this ex Players' Association. It's been fantastic.

"The Once Upon a Smile guys are quite competitive because we've done a wee bit of research, but we won't have 30 or 40 ex-pros going out to lose. We'll be fielding our strongest team possible and then we'll bring the older players on when we're about 10 goals up!

"We're also having between 20 and 30 young people here who have all been diagnosed with brain tumours. We're going to give them a day to remember, as well as their parents. The NCS young people from this area, who've been away on the government scheme, are volunteering their time to look after them."

Tickets for the match at Bloomfield Road cost £5 for Adults, £2 for Seniors and £1 for Kids, with proceeds going to Alder Hey, Ronald McDonald House and Once Upon a Smile.

"I just hope that the public come out and support it. I've never asked for much of the Blackpool public but I'd ask them and the supporters of Blackpool Football Club to come down in their droves because we need them to make the atmosphere," Spence added.

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