FORMER England and Aston Villa winger Tony Daley will be joining Redditch United manager Darren Byfield at a charity evening to launch the club’s Community Trust next month.
Daley, who made his England debut against Poland in 1991 and played in the 1992 European Championships, will join Byfield – another former Villa player and Jamaican international – at the launch of Redditch United in the Community.
The trust will work with in partnership with West Mercia Police, Redditch Borough Council, Hereford & Worcester Fire Service and Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire and all proceeds from the event will go to the new charity.
David Tittershill, from Redditch United in the Community, said he was delighted to welcome Daley to the event.
“Tony impressed and mesmerised many football fans during his days as a player and we are delighted to have such an iconic figure to help launch our charity,” he said.
“Darren is already a great believer in what we are trying to do and, in his role as first team manager, has already helped us launch our satellite clubs in the town.
“The purpose of the trust is to tackle issues in the local area including reducing anti-social behaviour and crime, reducing health inequalities and increasing social inclusion. We are also hoping to boost participation in sports activity and to provide educational support to help increase the employability of young people.”
Tickets for the charity evening on Friday, October 6 cost £25 which includes a drink and pie and chips supper. There will also be a comedian and a raffle on the night with a number of star prizes.
To book you place, email David Tittershill on firstname.lastname@example.org or call the club on 01527 67450.
ON THE pitch, it has been a mixed week for the Reds, who finished Saturday night second in the Southern Premier table thanks to a 1-0 home win over fellow high-flyers Biggleswade Town courtesy of a Dior Angus goal.
The division’s leading scorer Angus then took his tally for the season to nine as he fired Byfield’s side ahead on 17 minutes against Slough Town on Tuesday, but the visitors responded in fine style with two goals in each half to leapfrog the Reds into third place, leaving United fifth.
A bumper crowd of 449 witnessed the game and many took the chance to sample the brand new Brew 17 beer, which has been produced by the club’s key sponsors Trico, which brought along a super-charged racing car there to promote the tasty tipple.
Angus’ strike partner Spencer Weir-Daley provided the assist for Angus’ goal and then, after Slough had made it 1-1, Weir-Daley looked set to restore the hosts’ lead ten minutes before the break, only for visiting keeper Jack Turner to make a stunning save.
Slough were the dominant side in the second half and secured a deserved victory, leaving Byfield and his men hoping to bounce back at Basingstoke Town on Saturday.
The Reds host Bishops Cleeve, who are pointless after seven games in Southern League West, in the League Cup first round on Tuesday.
GOALS from Sam Berry, Ellie Gerhold and Mayme Conroy continued Redditch United Ladies’ 100 per cent start to the West Midlands Division One South season with a 3-0 victory at Stourbridge on Sunday.
Gary Barrell’s side moved to within three points of leaders Droitwich with two games in hand and have the chance to leapfrog their Worcestershire rivals with victory in this Sunday’s (2pm) meeting at the Trico Stadium.
Berry’s lobbed effort from the edge of the box put the visitors ahead on the hour mark and Gerhold then doubled the advantage by turning her marker and lifting the ball over the advancing keeper.
The scoring was completed when Conroy took advantage of slack defending to poke the ball home after good initial work by Lauren Pearson on the right.