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Spurs Legends in charity match success

Organisers of last Sunday’s charity football match involving the Spurs Legends team have hailed the event as a big success.

At a sun-drenched Hackney Marshes, the likes of Mark Falco, Clive Wilson, Garry Brooke and Paul Miller were in action as our Legends teamed up with young players from the PMA Sports Foundation – an organisation which helps to aid mental health recovery through sport – to take on a team of Charlton Athletic veterans.

Janette Hynes MBE, who is the founder of PMA and the organiser of Sunday’s extravaganza, said: “I think it was great that Spurs Legends came down to bring awareness to what our cause is.

“It was fantastic and everyone was friendly and helpful by signing autographs, so it was spot on really. Turnout-wise it was good, as the event brought awareness to our cause.”

Prior to the main game, youngsters had the chance to take penalty kicks against regular Legends goalkeeper Gareth Howells – the younger brother of David Howells.

There was then a 10-minute mini-game pitting the PMA team against our Legends, before the main game between Spurs Legends and Charlton Vets began.

The Legends’ new-found tendency to concede early goals haunted them once more as Charlton took a sixth minute lead, while keeper Howells made a brilliant one-on-one save to prevent the Addicks from extending their advantage.

Micky Southam rifled home Spurs’ equaliser from a tight angle on 13 minutes, but following a cross in from the right, Charlton regained the lead five minutes later.

It was all-change at the half-time interval, with a number of PMA players joining the Spurs ranks.

Tottenham’s new-look side had a goal disallowed for off-side shortly after the restart, but a deflected shot on 62 minutes saw Charlton take a 3-1 lead.

Goalkeeper Howells was replaced by another keen PMA player between the sticks for Spurs during the latter stages, but neither keeper could do anything to keep out a series of shots from Charlton as the Addicks extended their lead to 6-1.

Micky Southam’s late strike improved Spurs’ side of the scoreline, but a goal shortly before the end saw Charlton end the match 7-2 to the good.

Among the Charlton ranks were Bob Bolder, who is also a former Liverpool goalkeeper, and ex-Sheffield Wednesday forward Paul Williams.

With thanks to Billy Shaw.