Nottingham Forest legends signed up to score for cancer charity

OWZTHAT! Forest legend John McGovern (left), Steve Hodge (second from left) and Des Walker (centre) enjoy some cricket fun with event organiser Rob Abbiss (right), young criicketer Sam Walker and Jim Rhodes (second from right), captain of Papplewick and Linby Cricket Club, where the event was staged. (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan)
OWZTHAT! Forest legend John McGovern (left), Steve Hodge (second from left) and Des Walker (centre) enjoy some cricket fun with event organiser Rob Abbiss (right), young criicketer Sam Walker and Jim Rhodes (second from right), captain of Papplewick and Linby Cricket Club, where the event was staged. (PHOTO AND STORY BY: Peter Jordan)

A Papplewick couple signed up three Nottingham Forest footballing legends in a drive to boost a cancer charity.

Rob and Tracey Abbiss, of Hall Mews, experienced the trauma that cancer can bring when Tracey’s mum, Dorothy Lang, was diagnosed with the disease.

Thankfully Dorothy has now been given the all-clear. But as a gesture of thanks, Rob and Tracey organised a special event at Papplewick and Linby Cricket Club, which raised more than £1,100 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Forest legends playing their parts were John McGovern (captain of the Reds’ European Cup-winning teams) and ex-England stars Steve Hodge and Des Walker.

The trio’s ‘Audience With The Forest Legends’ sportsman’s evening proved hugely entertaining.

They all signed autographs, and McGovern led a question-and-answer session about their time under the magnificent managerial team of Brian Clough and Peter Taylor.

They nominated their best games and the best players they came up against during their careers.

The event also include an auction of memorabilia, with signed Forest shirts, signed football boots, a bottle of vintage champagne and autographed books, which were snapped up by generous bidders.

The night was boosted by a prize raffle with more football items up for grabs.

Rob and Tracey, who have previously championed the cause of the Teenage Cancer Trust, expressed their gratitude to the Forest legends and to friends and supporters who dug deep to help the cause.

“The lives of most people have been affected by cancer in some way or another,” they said.

“We just wanted to give something back and say thankyou to the marvellous people involved with Macmillan, who help to get so many lives back on track.”