Huge turnout for Charlie's Day match

VIDEO MORE than 1,000 spectators came to watch former Ipswich Town star John Wark take part in a charity football match in memory of a huge West Ham fan.Wark agreed to play for an Ipswich XI against a West Ham XI at Felixstowe and Walton United's ground, in Dellwood Avenue, Felixstowe, as part of Charlie's Day to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

MORE than 1,000 spectators watched former Ipswich Town star John Wark take part in a charity football match in memory of a West Ham fan.

Wark agreed to play for an Ipswich XI against a West Ham XI at Felixstowe at Walton United's ground, in Dellwood Avenue, Felixstowe, as part of Charlie's Day to raise money for St Elizabeth Hospice.

Former Town star Jason Dozzell was due to play, but could only watch as he was nursing an injury.

The event, held on Sunday, took place in memory of Charlie Philpot, 55, a well-known electrician and plumber in the town.

The West Ham fan had been due to go into the hospice towards the end of his life but died at home in Trimley High Road, where he lived with his wife Jane, in May this year.

Becci Biggs, whose husband Stephen was Mr Philpot's stepson, said: “This is the first year we have done it and we cannot believe how many people there are.

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“We said that if it was a success, we would do it again next year.”

It is hoped the event will raise thousands of pounds for the hospice.

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