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R's legends return for Football Aid

FORMER R's favourites Marc Bircham, Richard Langley, Rufus Brevett and Club Ambassador Andy Sinton rolled back the years as they starred in the 15th annual Football Aid event at Loftus Road.

In the early afternoon fixture, Langley’s ‘away’ side defeated Bircham’s ‘home’ team 9-3 in a thoroughly entertaining encounter. Langley’s team dominated the early proceedings and five goals in the second half from Tom Collins ensured a convincing victory (9-3).

In the evening fixture, Sinton’s ‘home’ team produced a stunning second half performance by coming back from 4-1 down at half-time, to draw level at 4-4 shortly after the hour-mark. However, there was to be one final twist in the match as the ‘home’ team agonisingly conceded a goal in the 82nd-minute to give victory to Brevett and co (4-5).

QPR in the Community Trust supported the day and CEO Andy Evans told www.qpr.co.uk: “Football Aid at QPR is always a real highlight of our end-of-season events here at Loftus Road.

“To be able to give our fans the chance to play on the pitch and fulfil a lifetime ambition wearing the Hoops is important to us as a community club. For our fans to also play alongside legends of the club makes it extra special.

“For good causes to be able to benefit from everyone having such a good time means Football Aid does more than just provide an outstanding football experience, it also means we can benefit those most in need in the local community.

“Thank you to all the players, legends, Football Aid staff and QPR in the Community Trust for making the event so special.”

Football Aid’s CEO, David Dale, said: I’d like to express our most sincere thanks to everyone at QPR FC and QPR in the Community Trust for their truly magnificent support in helping to make the Football Aid events at Loftus Road such an overwhelming success. Everyone involved had a truly wonderful day and we are already looking forward to our annual event at Loftus Road next season.

QPR were one of the founding partners of Football Aid and since forming in 2001, the Scottish based charity have allowed over 17,000 football fans the chance to Live the Dream by playing on the hallowed turf of the Club they support, while in turn raising over £2.4m for charity. The funds raised from this year’s event will benefit the work of charitable project nominated by QPR in the Community Trust, as well as a project nominated by Football Aid’s parent charity Field of Dreams.