A magical day at charity football match for Ilkeston charity

Celebrity charity footy match for Ilkeston autism charity'Meadow Lane, Nottingham'9th May 2015''Waterloo Road actor Richard Mylan shares a joke with Angus Deayton (right)''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140
Celebrity charity footy match for Ilkeston autism charity'Meadow Lane, Nottingham'9th May 2015''Waterloo Road actor Richard Mylan shares a joke with Angus Deayton (right)''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Well-known TV personality Angus Deayton was among a host of stars who pulled on their footy boots at Notts County’s Meadow Lane stadium for Ilkeston charity Awareness for Autism on Saturday.

The former Have I Got News for You presenter was a late addition to the celebrity team, with other names including James Hill from The Apprentice and Waterloo Road actor Richard Mylan, who has also been announced as the charity’s new ambassador.

Celebrity charity footy match for Ilkeston autism charity'Meadow Lane, Nottingham'9th May 2015''James Hill celebrates his hat trick with Mark Houldsworth.''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

Celebrity charity footy match for Ilkeston autism charity'Meadow Lane, Nottingham'9th May 2015''James Hill celebrates his hat trick with Mark Houldsworth.''Picture by Dan Westwell''dan.westwell@btinternet.com'07793 733140

John Daly, who set the charity up two years ago, said: “The future is looking extremely exciting as we now have a few ventures in the pipeline that we’ll be joining forces on. Richard’s support and encouragement in recent months has been amazing and it’s an honour to now call him a friend too.

“A special thanks must go to the football club and the staff who ensured we maximised the day to good effect. It is a superbly run football club with amazing staff.

“A special mention also to the guys from High5it. They came on board for this event very late on and were more than worth their weight in gold with hands on involvement on the day.

“We would also like to thanks all our volunteers, entertainers, players, celebrities and of course the family, friends and spectators were in incredible.”

The match ended in a 4-4 draw and was decided on a penalty shoot-out. A penalty save from ‘keeper Jordan Simpson opened the door for Deayton to stroke home the winning penalty and claim the Simeon Richards Memorial Trophy for manager Vaughan Richards’ team.