Salisbury to host a walking football charity event raising money for the Stephen Darby Motor Neurone Disease Foundation. The city will take on teams from Liverpool FC, Arsenal, Tottenham, Portsmouth and other league clubs in a tournament at Salisbury Rugby Club on Sunday July 28.
Stephen, an ex professional footballer with Liverpool, Swindon Town, Notts County, Rochdale, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and retired from football last year. He set up a foundation in his name to raise money to support people diagnosed with the disease.
All his former clubs are sending teams to represent them at the tournament. Stephen also represented England at under 19 level and Steph Houghton MBE (pictured above), current Manchester City and England captain, will playing for a team she has put together.
Organiser of the day Chris Christian said: “The support of the walking football community throughout the country in organising this event has been fantastic. We looking forward to a really exciting day and raising lots of money for Stephen’s charity”.
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