Redbridge Sunday league footballers to auction Spurs and West Ham memorabilia for charity

Sunday league footballers in Redbridge will take to the field this weekend and auction Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham memorabilia to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Alpha FC are playing a charity match at Barkingside Football Club’s Oakside Stadium in Station Road, Barkingside, at noon.

The warm-hearted squad of 17, who regularly play games at Hainault Recreation Ground, Forest Road, and Wanstead Flats, have also secured signed football goodies to auction.

Following their game against a team from bus company Stagecoach, a signed shirt from the Spurs first team will be sold.

There is also a replica West Ham 1980 FA Cup Final shirt, replica medal, ticket and programme set signed by former player Alvin Martin.

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A ball signed by West Ham footballer Mark Noble; a ball signed by Leyton Orient players and a 25 per cent discount from Marc Stewart hairdressers in Clayhall Avenue, Clayhall, will also be on offer.

Team coach Courtney Maitland, 45, was inspired to fundraise after his dad watched a programme about the central London hospital.

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He said: “I realised how much money needs to be raised to keep things going.”

The club has already raised more than �2,000 through money-boxes, sponsorship, a quiz night and disco and hopes to have raised more than �3,000 after Sunday.

Tickets cost �3 (�1 for under-16s).

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