Scoring for Stephen – Charity football match this afternoon!


Get down Oak Park on Sunday 4th May 2014 for a great charity football match. Image by David Evans.

Blimey, it’s all going on today – as well as other events advertised here, there’s a great charity football match taking place at the Walsall Wood FC ground, Oak Park – kicking off at 3pm, when Shire Oak Saints Under 18s face the Shire Oak All Stars.

It’s all in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust – a cracking charity we’ve pointed out here before  – inspired by the remarkable and wonderful Stephen Sutton fundraising marathon.

You can donate directly here – I support this extraordinary campaign wholeheartedly.

Details as follows:

Shire Oak Charity Match
Sunday, May 4th 2014
3pm Kick Off

Walsall Wood Football Club
Oak Park Ground, Lichfield Road, Walsall, West Midlands WS9 9NP

Shire Oak Saints under 18’s vs Shire Oak All Stars (Coaches, Parents and Friends)


£2 per Adult. £1 per Child

Raffle, bar & barbecue

All proceeds go to Teenage Cancer Trust

Need more Information?
Contact Paul Glover
Number: 07828 193542

Find Shire Oak Saints on Twitter: @SOSFC

(or check out their great website)


Thumbs up – Stephen Sutton posted this heart-rendering image on his Facebook page last week. Since, millions of pounds has been donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Image and caption for the Walsall Advertiser.

From The Walsall Advertiser:

Brave Stephen Sutton is inspiration for Shire Oak Saints charity match

YOUNG footballers at a Walsall Wood-based junior team will face veterans of the beautiful game for a charity kick around in aid of a former player.

Shire Oak Saints will be hosting the match in aid of inspirational Stephen Sutton, who has hit the national headlines over recent weeks.

The 19-year-old – who has been diagnosed with an incurable cancer – posted a final ‘thumbs up’ message on Facebook last Tuesday (April 22) after his condition suddenly deteriorated.

It is a message which has captured the heart of the nation, causing more than £3 million to be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

But what most donators don’t know is that Stephen, from Burntwood, once played for Shire Oaks Saints as a youngster.

He had to give up the game when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, at the age of 15.

Now the club will be hosting a charity match this Sunday (May 4) with all proceeds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Peter Smith, a coach at the club, said: “For someone his age to raise so much money for charity is just so impressive.

‘It’s great to know that he has got so much support behind him.

‘Everyone at the club is immensely proud of what he has achieved.

‘We have been planning a charity game for a while but when we found out that Stephen was a former player we thought it would be good to support his charity.’

The charity match will see Shire Oak Saints under-18s face Shire Oak Saints veterans.

It will take place at Walsall Wood FC’s Oak Park ground. Gates open at 2pm and kick-off is at 3pm.

A bar and barbecue will be on offer to those in attendance.

Entry fees are £2 for adults and £1 for children.

All proceeds will go to Teenage Cancer Trust.

‘We are aiming to raise as much as possible,’ added Pete, aged 36.

Stephen received news of his illness in 2010. In January 2013, he published an online bucket list and quickly became a figure of national inspiration.

Celebrities such as Ricky Gervais, Piers Morgan, Jason Manford and Jack Whitehall have all supported Stephen’s fund-raising mission.

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