Football fans flock to Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium for Jamie Walker charity match

Jamie Walker in action during his charity match
Jamie Walker in action during his charity match

STARS from the world of television turned out in force to support the annual Jamie Walker charity match at Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium.

Former Mansfield Town apprentice Jamie, who is now in remission from lymphoma cancer, led a team of Chesterfield legends against the M1 Charity Soap Stars to raise between £19,600 for The Lymphoma Association, The Shannon Bradshaw Trust, and The Chesterfield FC Community Trust.

It was the sixth successive year that the game has been organised by Jamie and his dad Phill who have now raised more than £85,000 for charity.

The game, which was attended by around 4,000 spectators, was won 5-4 by the soap stars, which included Luke Tittensor (Daz in Emmerdale), Ray Khan (Ash in Hollyoaks) and (Jonah Kirby from Waterloo Road), against the legends side which included former Mansfield Town players Dave Cauldwell, Ernie Moss, and Kevin Randall.

Mansfield Police also won the Jamie Walker Fundraising Shield by beating the Chesterfield Police on penalties during the half-time interval.

Jamie’s dad Phill Walker thanked everyone who took part in the game and said he was pleased that such a large crowd turned up to support the event.

“I was very emotional about the day as I always have been since the matches began,” he said.

“It was a brilliant event and to get 4,000 people to come along was amazing.

“I had a look outside and the queues were round the corner, it was beyond belief, sometimes when I was a footballer we wouldn’t play in front of such large crowds but we had to delay the kick off by 15 minutes so everybody could get in.

“We’re really grateful to everyone who took part, the continued support is unbelievable and the celebrities who came along signed autographs and had their photos taken which was brilliant.”

Chesterfield FC has also agreed to host the seventh annual Jamie Walker charity match in May next year.