Hyde hosts Ken Barnes Memorial Charity Cup
- 16 September 2012 16:16
- Posted by Mark Booth
Hyde FC’s Ewen Fields played host to the Ken Barnes Memorial Charity Cup on Sunday afternoon which was won 4-1 by Joe Corrigan's XI.
Paralympians Sarah and Barney Storey were the guests of honour for the match which drew together former City players from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s for Help for Heroes. Sarah and her husband were given a standing ovation as they were introduced to the players and supporters.
Thousands of Manchester City appearances have been racked up by members of the two teams assembled by Peter Barnes to commemorate his father and fellow club legend, Ken Barnes.
Joe Corrigan and Fred Eyre picked their wits against one another on the opposite benches and fittingly the first goal arrived 10 minutes after the break courtesy one of the four soldiers from the Mercian Regiment who will return to Afghanistan in October.
Joe Bunney, Bob Lofthouse and Ali Pickering scored the other goals for Corrigan's men.
Perhaps a few of the shirts may have been tighter than in previous years but there were still flashes of genius in these senior legs, with Barnes himself proving that the years had done nothing to dull the old magic with one inspired through ball that David Silva would have been proud of.
Barnes now finds himself in joint charge of arranging these meetings of City’s stars of yesteryear with the invaluable assistance of Alan Grafton and ex Chief Scout Derek Partridge.
“When players play for Manchester City, I think that they realise that this is a community club and really special in that respect and that brings all of the ex-players very close,” said Barnes.
“My father Ken founded the City Vets team around 25 years ago when he was chief scout at the club and I was 15 or 16 at the time.
“They played at Gorton FC in those days and they would have Joe Corrigan, Harry Dowd, Bell, Glenn Pardoe, Franny Lee – all those greats from the sixties playing in charity matches.”
Barnes is now a pundit in Malaysia, providing analysis for Premier League coverage in the country.
“I’ve been incredibly lucky that my dad played for City and I played for City and it’s given me a great life and the opportunity to travel the world and, wherever I go, I always tell everyone what a great club we are.”
"It's great to be able to play these games and raise money for some worthy causes."
Donations from Sunday's game go to Help For Heroes.
Joe Corrigan XI: Eric Nixon, Peter Barnes, Ian Bishop, Asa Hartford, Jim Melrose, Ali Pickering, Neil Pointon, Mark Bradshaw, Keith Barnes, Andy Reid, Joe Bunney.
Fred Eyre XI: Max Johnson, Richard Edghill (c), Nigel Gleghorn, Jeff Whitely, Steve Redmond, Simon Bower, Alan Riley, Dave Wills, Dave Chadwick, Carlo Meachin, Kevin O’Connell.
Subs: Private Darren Hamnett, Private Dion Buckley (Mercian Regiment), Joe Bunney.