After the success of last year’s event, raising in excess of £33,000.00, The Legends are BACK!!
On Saturday May 23rd the legends event hits the Keepmoat Stadium for a 3rd time.
It will see a team of a team of charity fundraisers, mostly made up of school teachers representing their academies, colleges and schools, take on the might of the ex. Professional Footballers.
Not only that, there will be family fun and games outside the ground before kick-off……… There’s something for EVERYONE!
Eves Dreams Trust was set up in 2011 by Martin Lawrence & Clynton Johnson. It is a non profit organisation that donates the money it raises to help create a dream for a terminally or seriously ill cancer patient in the Doncaster area which is why so many local people are very passionate about this charity which has enabled brilliant events like the legends games, the dragon boat race, poker nights and an evening with Paul Merson.
DRSG Committee member Rob Johnson tells us about his experience previously and why its important to get involved this year!
I personally have become more involved this year as I ran the Yorkshire half marathon and raised £372 and I can’t think of a more deserving cause. This is the 3rd Legends game and in the past the Keepmoat has played host to Premier League players Phil Babb, Lee Hendrie, Des Walker, David May, Clayton Blackmore, Carlton Palmer, Peter Beagrie and European cup winner Alan Kennedy as well as ex rovers players such as Andy Warrington, Tim Ryan, Colin Douglas, Glynn Snodin, Rufus Brevett and Bruce Dyer. I’m sure we all grew up watching those names on Match of the Day or in the Pop Stand at Belle Vue so this is a great opportunity to relive those memories. I’m sure Tim Ryan will be smashing some of his trademark 30 yarders at goal and that is worth the admission price alone.
I decided to go for a VIP ticket last year and it was a great decision as me and my fiancé were treated to access to the VIP area, open bar, pre-game entertainment, a chance to meet the legends, a post game meal, auction of match worn shirts, entry into the VIP raffle and central seating. I started off by respectfully and politely asking Alan Kennedy for a picture but as the lagers started going down a bit too well I told Des Walker that ‘You’ll never beat Des Walker’, he smiled uncomfortably, I told Carlton Palmer that I was glad to see him not emerging from a bathtub, he laughed uncomfortably and about six pints in I finally had the opportunity to meet my all time hero Brian Stock. He accepted my continued declarations of love with effortless grace and humility. I kept expecting Mark Wilson to show up and pass the ball backwards or sideways to Stocky but he never did.
VIP tickets are £30 full price but we are willing to drop this to £20 for season ticket holders and these are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org (limited seating)
This year they really want the rovers fans to get involved so they are offering a massive 50% discount for all season ticket holders. Full price tickets are £5 for adults, £3 for children or a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children) for £10. So with the 50% discount you could bring the whole family for just £5 and you would have the added bonus of being able to see some old faces without teenage girls screaming ‘Louis’ every five minutes…
Speaking of which as we all know it is James Coppinger’s testimonial season this year and if possible they hope he can play some kind of role on the day so watch this space.
Already confirmed to play for the legends this year are Des Walker again and new additions Darren Anderton and Dave Beasant and there are many many more still to be confirmed. Hopefully I will manage to refrain from bringing up Anderton’s famous ‘Tampon’ nickname (in for one week, out for three).
The other team will be made up mainly of local teachers but I am lucky enough to be playing against the legends whilst also representing the Doncaster Rovers Supporters Group in what we all hope will be the start of a strong link between the DRSG and Eve’s Dream Trust. I supported the charity by running the half marathon and in return they have given me a once in a lifetime opportunity to play at the Keepmoat so this shows what can be achieved by both parties if we work together, I’m really nervous but I probably can’t be any worse than James Harper and I’m not as fat as Lee Fowler so I reckon I’ll be fine.
This is a brilliant opportunity for us to show what a difference football and the DRSG can make in the local community. Let’s show everyone the kind of fans that we are by supporting this brilliant event.