Redbridge team raises �4k for hospital with Spurs and West Ham memorabilia

An amateur football team in Redbridge played their hearts out for charity on Sunday and then auctioned Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham memorabilia to raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Alpha FC brought fans to Barkingside Football Club’s Oakside Stadium in Station Road, Barkingside, for a fun day to help the central London hospital.

The warm-hearted squad of 17, who regularly play games at Hainault Recreation Ground, Forest Road, and Wanstead Flats, raised �1,900 on the day through their auction, a raffle and gate receipts.

Star lots for football fans included a presentation set containing a replica West Ham shirt, a replica medal, a ticket and programme all from the club’s victorious 1980 FA Cup Final.

Also including signed photos by former Hammers Sir Trevor Brooking, Alvin Martin and Frank Lampard Snr, it sold for �500.

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A Spurs shirt signed by their first team squad sold for �200; a football signed by Leyton Orient’s squad sold for �140 while a football signed by current West Ham player Mark Noble went for �75.

Local businesses donating raffle prizes included the Prince Regent Hotel in Manor Road, Chigwell, which provided a meal for two and a bottle of wine and Marc Stewart hairdressers in Clayhall Avenue, Clayhall, who offered up to 25 per cent off a hair-cut.

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The club had already raised more than �2,000 through money-boxes, sponsorship, a quiz night and disco.

The team ran out 4-0 winners against amateur players from bus company Stagecoach.

Team coach Courtney Maitland, 45, said: “Since we scored four goals, our supporters wanted them to get a goal.

“It was a great time in the stands.”

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