Butcher and Burley go head-to-head for GeeWizz charity match

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Two legendary Ipswich Town footballers will go head-to-head in the dugout to help raise money for a Suffolk-based charity.

George Burley and Terry Butcher, both schooled under Sir Bobby Robson at Ipswich, will showcase their managerial talents for the match at Colchester United in aid of the GeeWizz charity.

The friendly game at the Weston Homes Community Stadium is the brainchild of local businessman, Graham Parkin, who held a similar charity match last year.

The last few places – both in ‘Team Burley’ and ‘Team Butcher’ – are still available for the game on Sunday 20th May with a midday kick off.

Graham said: “Last year’s match was a great opportunity for local people to experience what it is like to be a professional footballer.

“We used the dressing rooms, warmed up on the pitch and then enjoyed a competitive game of football in fantastic surroundings.

“It was a memorable experience and fantastic that we did it to raise money for a local charity – Papworth Trust.

“This year, once again, players will pay for the right to play at a professional football ground with all money supporting GeeWizz – as well as money raised on the day through ticket sales and a raffle.”

Terry, an ambassador of GeeWizz, said he was delighted to be playing such an active role in supporting his chosen charty.

But he warned his opposition manager: “It’s going to be fantastic being back in the dugout again and up against my former teammate George Burley.

“Knowing George as I do, he will want to win so it’s England versus Scotland, on the 20th of May, just like it was back in 1978 – and I’ll be looking for history to repeat itself as England won that match 1-0.”

The last few places for the charity match are available for £50 per person and more information is available from Graham on 07827 921023. Tickets on the day will be £5 for adults while children get in for free.

GeeWizz was set up to support children and young people living with a life-threatening condition or disability and those who are affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly. It also funds research into cancer, in particular sarcoma.

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