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Legends from Leicester Tigers and Nottingham Forest help raise funds for the Matt Hampson Foundation





Legends from Leicester Tigers and Nottingham Forest joined members of Rutland Walking Football Club for an annual tournament at Tod's Piece in Uppingham.

The event raised funds for the Matt Hampson Foundation, a charity that supports young people whose lives have been transformed by serious sports injuries.

As expected, the eventual tournament winners, playing in Nottingham Forest red, were the Forest Vets.

Mark Taylor and Chris Williams from Rutland Walking Football with Matt Hampson.
Mark Taylor and Chris Williams from Rutland Walking Football with Matt Hampson.
Nottingham Forest Vets.
Nottingham Forest Vets.
Nottingham Forest Masters.
Nottingham Forest Masters.
Players from Rutland Walking Football team with the European Cup.
Players from Rutland Walking Football team with the European Cup.

They were an experienced and well-drilled team who could spray the ball around the field and find their team-mates with ease while Rutland came a creditable third.

Leicester City supporters in the crowd were pleased to see their legendary hardman, Steve Walsh, turn out for the Tigers.

Referees were current Tigers players James Whitcombe and Jack van Poortvliet on what proved a great event.

Rutland Walking Football Club.
Rutland Walking Football Club.
Leicester Tigers Droglites. Back row, from the left, Jack van Poortvliet, James Whitcombe, Wayne Richardson, Joe Krych, Andy Key, Martin Whitcombe, Dean Richards, Rob Tebbutt, Steve Burnhill, Darren Garforth, Barry Evans, Steve Walsh, Tom Naughton; front, Phil Hampson, Steve Kenney and Darren Grewcock.
Leicester Tigers Droglites. Back row, from the left, Jack van Poortvliet, James Whitcombe, Wayne Richardson, Joe Krych, Andy Key, Martin Whitcombe, Dean Richards, Rob Tebbutt, Steve Burnhill, Darren Garforth, Barry Evans, Steve Walsh, Tom Naughton; front, Phil Hampson, Steve Kenney and Darren Grewcock.
Leicester City's Steve Walsh, left.
Leicester City's Steve Walsh, left.
Phil Hampson from Tigers (Matt Hampson's father).
Phil Hampson from Tigers (Matt Hampson's father).

Rutland player Tony Benton said: "It was a wonderful day, mixing with former greats of both Leicester Tigers and Nottingham Forest who were happy to give their time for a great cause and play walking football with a big smile on their faces."

After the matches, the teams enjoyed a drink in Uppingham Town's clubhouse before heading to the Falcon Hotel.

There was a talk by ex-Tigers captain Ian 'Dosser' Smith explaining the work of the charity which was followed by stories from Tigers' Dean Richards and Darren Garforth, followed by Forest veterans Paul Hart and Colin Barratt, who reminisced about the years playing under Brian Clough, which entertained the guests.

Anyone from Rutland and the surrounding counties interested in playing walking football can contact Dave Johnson through the website www.rutlandwalkingfootball.co.uk

Players aged from the 40s-70s play Sunday mornings in Oakham and Thursday evenings in Uppingham every week.



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