A very large crowd at Sutton Coldfield FC were witness to a football feast on Sunday on behalf of the late Harry Moseley, with over £5,000 proceeds going to his charities. Harry's team made up mainly of dedicated 'Villa' fans put up a valiant effort but were unable to contain a powerful 'Old Stars' team which included Bremner, McNaught, Small, Cowans, Gibson, Hendrie, Kinsella, Farrelly, Morley & Carruthers. Although up against it Harrys' team managed to respond twice with Harrys brother Louis scoring one from the spot.
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Hat-tricks were the decisive factor in an otherwise close encounter at Hollyfields against a Kids Out Charity XI. Derek Dudley in the Villa goal on more than one occasion was called upon to produce good stops but it was Martin Carruthers & Ryan Amoo who took the plaudits with a hat-trick each. Lots of 'ammunition' was supplied to the front two by a midfield of Cowans, Morley, Gibson & Pearson with Morley & Gibson contributing with one apiece to make the final score 8-2.
A large crowd at the West Midlands Travel Ground saw the Old Stars continue their unbeaten run with a 3-2 win over an enthusiastic St Marys Hospice XI. Numerous chances were created by Villa but time after time found the opposition goalkeeper in inspired form. Two goals by Lee Hendrie & one by Ryan Amoo were enough to continue an unbeaten run of eleven games.
Chris Price made a welcome return from Australia to the Aston Villa Old Stars team in a feisty encounter at Chasetown FC against Crown Cutting XI. Putting in a great shift after his recent adventures 'down under' Chris showed he still has the fantastic appetite for getting forward from his full back berth mostly through the incisive passes of Cowans & Kinsella. Going down to 2-0 after an hour Villa showed the character and desire to level through a Martin Carruthers double and almost notch victory at the death when Carruthers was through but failed to hit the target.
Olivia is the daughter of our dear departed friend and former Aston Villa player Paul Birch who succumbed to Cancer in 2009 and she will be running the ‘Race for Life’ on 16th June to raise money for Cancer Research.