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Viv Anderson and Norman Whiteside to give talk near town

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

By Kitt Sandeman

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THE youngest player ever to score at the World Cup and the first black player to be capped for England are spearheading a night of glitz and glamour to help raise funds for a new sports facility.

The project, which is located on the Lichfield Road near to Mill Green, aims to build two football pitches, a cricket pitch and a pavilion sports complex for the Abbots Bromley community.

The new centre will be home to the Abbots Bromley Stags FC, the Abbots Bromley Cricket Club and the Abbots Bromley Junior Football Club.

The event at St George's Park takes place on Friday, November 28 at 7pm, and will be hosted by Test Match Special pundit Charles Dagnall and will feature speeches from football legends Viv Anderson MBE and Norman Whiteside.

As well as a charity auction, attendees will be able to go on a tour of the England Football team training facility.

Chris Wood, the chairman of the organisation, said: "There's fantastic enthusiasm throughout the village, people are being so supportive.

"We're hoping to build something here not just for the surrounding area but for people throughout the county."

Those attending will be in the presence of footballing greats.

Whiteside, who scored 68 goals in 278 appearances for Manchester United, joined the annuls of footballing history when he broke Pele's record to become the youngest player at a World Cup.

He was aged just 17 years and 41 days when he made his world cup debut at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.

He also played in the historic 1-0 defeat of the host country in their last game of the group round.

Whiteside will be joined by Viv Anderson MBE, a coach and player who played for Nottingham Forrest, Arsenal, Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday. He was the first black player to gain an England international cap.

More information is online at www.absasport.co.uk

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