Soccer stars will shine for charity

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Former Premier League stars are set to pull their boots back on to help raise money for charity.

A host of internationals including Peter Beardsley, Ian Snodin and Andy Sinton are to join a number of former Rovers players as they take on a Doncaster 11.

Martin Lawrence, founder of The Eve Merton Dreams Trust pictured with his mother, Eve.

Martin Lawrence, founder of The Eve Merton Dreams Trust pictured with his mother, Eve.

This team will be made up of dedicated fundraisers for the match at the Keepmoat Stadium this Sunday in aid of the Eve Merton Dreams Trust.

The game promises to be fun for all the family - with supporters being given the chance to see some top sporting stars in action on the pitch.

Martin Lawrence founded the charity in memory of mum Eve Merton a popular Doncaster market trader, who lost her battle with cancer in 2011.

He wanted to organise the event three years ago in aid of the hospitals that were treating his mum.

Mr Lawrence said: “It was my dream at the time for her to shake the hands of the legends on the pitch before the game.

“That would have been something to bring a smile to her face, even during her struggle. This is the basis on which our charity is formed today.”

The game kicks off at 3pm, with gates opening at 1pm.

Tickets start from just £5 per adult and £3 per child, with a family ticket for two adults and two children priced £10.

The charity was set up to help terminally or seriously ill cancer patients in the borough.

Tickets are available from Rovers online, on 01302 762 576 or at the turnstiles.

England legend Beardsley, who enjoyed a 20-year career in the top flight, began his career at Carlisle United.

He later become a household name, playing for Liverpool, Newcastle United and Everton, eventually clocking up more than 700 appearances and scoring 200 goals in the process.

During a glittering career at Anfield, he picked up a string of honours including Championship and FA Cup winners’ medals.

He also made 56 appearances for England between 1986 and 1996, scoring nine goals and appearing at the World Cup in 1986 and 1990 as well as Euro 88.

The final line-up is subject to availability, and former Rovers players tipped to appear include Mark Albrighton and Glynn Snodin.