Charity match v Carlisle Utd legends

Footballers of yesteryear dusted off their boots to help raise money for a young man’s fight against cancer.

A host of former Carlisle United players rolled back the years on Saturday as they showed off their skills once again for a good cause. The Blues’ legends went head-to-head with Westmorland League side AFC Carlisle on United’s training pitch behind Brunton Park.

As well as being a fun workout for both sides, the game was used as an opportunity to raise money for 22-year-old Nathan Pullan, an AFC Carlisle player, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Among the fans’ favourites that were due to line up for the match were Graham Anthony, Ian Arnold, Dave Brightwell, John Halpin, Tony Hopper, Gareth McAlindon, Mike McCartney, George Oghani, Steve Soley, Dean Walling, Derek Walsh, Andy Watson and Stuart Whitehead.

David Barnes, from AFC Carlisle, said: “We were always going to have a game against them but we thought it would be a good idea to do it as a bit of a fundraiser. “Nathan’s had cancer for about four or fives months and he’s a cracking lad, a really good player and hopefully he’ll be back playing in the next few months. “We’ve had a really good response to this idea and we’ve got pretty much a full team out.”

Jonny Mason, AFC Carlisle’s player-manager, added: “It’s been really good to play against this group as many of the lads are Carlisle fans.”

Former United midfielder Derek Walsh, 48, who lives in Houghton helped organise the match. He said: “We have been doing this on and off for the last 10 years or so and Jonny on the other side has been at us for a while to do it. “It’s great to have the lads back together but we are talking about doing this a couple of times a year now to raise money for local charities. There’s quite a few lads who wanted to play but couldn’t make it this time.”

The United legends won 3-0.