Rolls stages annual game for ‘Benny’

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TWO of the oldest names in Hucknall football unite to stage the town’s annual Christmas charity match during the festive holiday.

Veterans’ teams representing Plough Barflies and Rolls-Royce Athletic, who both date back to the 1980s, are to take each other on in the match, which is in memory of Steve ‘Benny’ Bentley and Ann Buckland.

Athletic folded after 23 years at the end of last season but Barflies are still going strong at the highest level of the Sunday game.

The fundraising game, which is now in its 12th year, will kick off at 11 am on Bank Holiday Tuesday (December 27) at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club ground, which used to be Athletic’s base and is now Barflies’ home ground.

A grand raffle, boasting lots of prizes, will be drawn after the game. All money raised from the event will go to cancer charities.

Bentley, one of the best footballers Hucknall has produced, died of cancer at the age of 46 in 1999. He had enjoyed a fine playing career, both for local clubs and for a time as a professional in New Zealand.

Mrs Buckland, who was landlady of Barflies’ headquarters, the Plough And Harrow pub on High Street, Hucknall, for many years, died at the age of 54 in December 2006.