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Premier League legends named for match at non league club

Fans have had to rush for tickets with several Premier League legends named for a special match at one particular non league club.

The game, which will take place at the Tarmac Silverlands Stadium will see a team of Buxton legends from their double promotion-winning sides of 2006 and 2007 take on a team of familiar faces from the Premier League days on Sunday the 27th of June.

It has so far been confirmed that for the Premier League side, managed by Viv Anderson, ex-Leicester City and England striker Emile Heskey, former Sheffield United defender Chris Morgan, and the journeyman that is ex-Wigan Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur defender Pascal Chimbonda will be among those to feature, with more names to be announced in due course.

Lee Sharpe had been named, however, he had to withdraw and in the same day, Blackburn Premier League winning captain Colin Hendry, ex-Chelsea player Frank Sinclair and Everton striker Marcus Bent were added.

For Buxton, the following players from their successful squad: Tommy Agus, Scott Hartley, Dan McPherson, Terry Bowker, Danny White, Shaun Doxey, Michael Towey, Alvyn Riley, Paul Walker, Mark Nangle, Chris Walton, Andy Brownrigg, Sean Hutchinson, Jon Froggatt, Tim Willis, David Bainbridge and Anthony Bingham.

The Bucks squad will be managed by former Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Bristol City and Chesterfield boss Danny Wilson.

Tickets for the much anticipated game are on sale at www.buxtonfc.co.uk with gates opening at 12pm for the 2pm kick-off.

Meanwhile, supporters can head along to a charity football match in memory of a well-known male from Buxton which will take place next month.

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The Gary Bentley Memorial Charity Football Match is to take place at Buxton on Sunday the 18th of July with a 1pm kick-off time, and the match will feature a Prince ‘90/Gaslight XI versus a local select XI, made up of players who competed either with or against Gary’s teams.

Gary Bentley sadly passed away in November 2020, aged 62 after a long illness. A stalwart of the local football scene, he was involved with the likes of Buxton FC, Taverners League, Hope Valley League and much more.

All the money raised on the day from gate receipts, players subscriptions, bucket collections and the raffle, is to be donated to the Mind charity.

Admission to the game will be £3 for adults, with all juniors going free. Gates will be open from 12 noon onwards.

Buxton chairman Dave Hopkins says the club is raring to go ahead of the 2021/22 season after it was stopped.

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He said: “It’s been a tough year for everyone, but if we are to look forward with optimistic eyes that we will soon be able to put the pandemic behind us, we are very positive about the club’s future.

“We had a really strong squad last year that gave it a proper go and thankfully the majority of those players will be with us again.

“With three or four more additions to be announced, we’re confident that by the time pre-season starts we’ll have our squad complete. We certainly don’t expect there to be much in the way of trialists and things like that, as there often can be.

“There’s a degree of momentum that can be carried forward despite the time that’s elapsed from when we last played. The lads have kept in touch socially and we are confident that last season wasn’t wasted at all.”

Hopkins spoke on pre-season plans being drawn up with regard to both the first team and other areas of the club. One of the games will be against Macclesfield.

He said: “We’ll get the lads back a bit earlier for pre-season and will probably arrange a trip away for them as well which will help.

“In other areas, we’ve decided on the next intake for the academy so look forward to seeing that get going again too.

“We can start allowing people to use our 4G surface again too and just generally getting the community as a whole back involved.

“It’s not just about getting the tills ringing. Although I say so myself, the club is very well run financially and we have excellent support from our sponsors, plus the furlough scheme was very helpful too, so I don’t have any concerns on that front.

“We just want to see the people of Buxton and the surrounding villages getting back behind us and enjoying what we have to offer on all fronts.”

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