Legends see off Soap Stars as crowds turn out for latest Jamie Walker charity fundraiser

Mansfield town manager Paul Cox signs autographs for Chloe Buxton, Jamie Bullars and Megan Buxton.
Mansfield town manager Paul Cox signs autographs for Chloe Buxton, Jamie Bullars and Megan Buxton.

The combined Mansfield Town and Chesterfield Legends side comprehensively defeated the OUAS TV Soap Stars celebrity team 10-3 to win the Radio Maunside fundraising trophy in the eighth annual Jamie Walker charity fund-raising game at Glapwell FC’s Hall Corner ground on Sunday.

A crowd of over 1,000 watched ex-Chesterfield striker Jamie Ward bag four of the Legends’ goals.

Jamie’s Legends included former Stags stars Simon Coleman, Danny Bacon, Nathan Arnold, Tom Naylor, Dave Caldwell plus the special appearance from Derby County’s Jamie Ward.

Ex-Spireites stars Bob Newton and Shane Nicholson also turned out.

The OUAS TV Soap Stars included Emmerdale stars Kelvin Fletcher (Andy Sugden) and Luke Roskell (Sean Spencer) plus Scott and Bailey star Danny Miller.

It was hoped the game would see Chesterfield and Mansfield Town managers Paul Cook and Paul Cox turn out alongside each other for the Legends team ahead of the clubs resulting their rivalry in League Two in the coming season.

However, on the day, Cook missed out with illness and Cox was forced to watch the game from the stand alongside Stags chairman John Radford and his wife, Carolyn, as he was nursing a knee injury picked up on holiday.

This year’s charity beneficiaries were Once Upon a Smile, the Kings Mill Hospital Scanner Appeal (Cancer and Lymphoma Unit), and the Chesterfield FC Community Trust.

Though no final sum has yet been counted up, the money raised certainly took the overall total over the eight years through the £100,000 mark for Jamie Walker, who organised the game with father and ex-Chesterfield striker Phil.

Jamie, an ex-Stags trainee, began the fund-raising after recovering from lymphoma.

Paul Cox said: “It was a glorious day and it was nice to see so many people turn out in force to support what is a very good cause.”