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Stags legends return for fundraiser

Posted onPosted on 10th Jul

Three Mansfield Town Football club legends are ready to come home to the One Call stadium for a fundraising evening, recalling their memories for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Richie Barker, Adam Murray and Paul Cox make up the hat-trick of legends joining the supporters-led Legends LIVE event, which will act as a fundraiser for the charity.

Taking place on Friday, 27th July, at The Sandy Pate Sports Bar, the trio will chat to Mansfield Matters’ Craig Priest, recalling the drama, the heartache and the glory from their spells at the Stags.

Supporters of all ages are welcome to attend the family-friendly evening, which starts at 8pm, to hear first-hand for the first time about each of the panel’s experiences – including Richie Barker’s controversial exit from the club, Adam Murray’s varied journey from young loanee to manager, and how Paul Cox steered the Stags back into the Football League.

There will be free entry on the night, with funds being raised through a prize raffle and quiz.

Event host Craig Priest said: “Alzheimer’s is a truly awful thing to live with. As football fans we’ve had so many memories created through following the Stags, I couldn’t imagine waking up one day and having no recollection of all of the adventures – but that’s dementia. It can happen to anyone at any time.

“Kevin Bird was a hero for generations of Stags fans and is living with dementia, potentially caused by heading the old style football which, when you strip it back, means when he was creating so many memories for us fans, he was putting his future health at risk without knowing it.

“The whole idea of this evening is to create some more great memories for supporters and Richie [Barker], Paul [Cox] and Adam [Murray] will have lots of stories to share – I thank them for their involvement and really encourage everyone to come along, pack the bar out and get involved for a great cause.”

The evening will include a general knowledge prize quiz and mega prize raffle with prizes including a signed shirt, as well as the stories from Barker, Murray and Cox, plus on-stage entertainment and a disco.

“The club have been fantastic in helping us to host this event. We’ve had one of the best summers I can remember as a country, it would be really nice to round it off with this event as David Flitcroft looks to deliver some more memories to today’s generation by way of promotion to League One,” Craig added.

There are 14,000 people across Nottinghamshire with dementia, including about 1,300 in Mansfield alone.