A CHARITY football match featuring players past and present is to become a regular fixture in a Teesdale village calendar after the inaugural event raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

The match was staged in Evenwood in memory of Jim Coates, who was secretary of Evenwood Town FC for 25 years.

Jim died in July, three weeks after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, and when the current Evenwood Town side lined up against a team of old boys at the Randolph Social Welfare Ground on Saturday, a minute's applause was held before kick-off to honour him.

The old boys – with a little help from ref Alan Breeze – held their own in a 2-2 draw before being pipped 4-3 on penalties.

“The ref was all for them – he had awarded three penalties in the first 10 minutes,” joked Evenwood Town FC assistant manager Chris Coatsworth.

“But they are still a good team and it was a brilliant day. It's going to be an annual game with a trophy to be awarded each year.”

After the match there was a social fundraiser at The Bay Horse pub, Evenwood, with a singer, food and prize draws.

Chris said about £600 had been raised for the Motor Neurone Disease Association so far, and with more cash coming in, it was hoped the final total would top £1,000.