London and South-East Yeovil Town supporters group, the Capital Glovers raised over 1,000 pounds towards the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation last night. In an event staged at the Blue Anchor in Chancery Lane, London, the Yeovil Town supporters were joined by fans of Exeter City, Hereford United, Plymouth Argyle, Torquay United and AFC Wimbledon in a packed basement bar in the capital.
With so many rival West-Country clubs under the same roof things might have got a bit tasty, but instead we had the sight of two of Devon's finest swapping Plymouth and Exeter shirts as money was pledged to see how long they could cope with wearing the 'other' club's shirt.
The host for the evening was The Guardian's Deputy Sports Editor Barry Glendenning, who brilliantly linked together the various individual slots and somehow ended up paying to wear the aforementioned Argyle shirt for the night. Two other members of the Guardian also played their part, with Rob Smyth providing video and Matt Scott of Digger fame talking about Notts County's recent up'n'down days. Andy Brassell talked about his experiences of watching European Football, whilst Jim Proudfoot, who commentates for ESPN and Absolute Radio gave an insight into the difficulties of providing football coverage for a past European tournament. Former Glovers left-back Murray Fishlock was a familiar face on the night, allowing fans a chance to catch up with his latest career with the Football Foundation.
The main point of the evening though was the fundraising. Signed Yeovil Town and Exeter City shirts sold well, as did a Hereford United replica shirt, even if it did get heckled by the majority in the room! A signed Manchester United shirt was held back for another day on the basis that it would raise more money by being auctioned outside the support that was gathered at the Blue Anchor.
Support for the raffle was so good that the sellers were cleaned out of tickets. Support for the real ale at the bar was so good, they lost two out of their three pumps by the end of the evening. In the end, the provisional total raised on the night was £1,173.21 with the proceeds from the aforementioned Manchester United shirt still to come. All money raised will go direct to the Adam Stansfield Football Foundation, which aims to promote youth football in Somerset and Devon, as well as help raise awareness about bowel cancer.
A brilliant turn-out, and a brilliant evening. Capital Glovers organisers Seb White, Bill Biss and Dan Britton, amongst others, deserve a hefty pat on the back for their magnificent efforts, as do all of the above journalists for sparing their time for the cause. And of course well done to everyone who travelled the distance to make the event what it was.
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