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Ipswich's victory for charity

PUBLISHED: 05:54 07 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:29 03 March 2010

A 2-1 victory for Ipswich Town over Russian Premier League side Alania Vladikavkaz, has raised more than £500 for the Army's national charity.

Both teams were training in Cyprus recently and made the most of the warm climate by playing a charity match to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).

A 2-1 victory for Ipswich Town over Russian Premier League side Alania Vladikavkaz, has raised more than £500 for the Army's national charity.

Both teams were training in Cyprus recently and made the most of the warm climate by playing a charity match to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF).

Ipswich Town manager, George Burley, was pleased with his team's performance and praised the British Forces for their hospitality.

Burley said: "It was a good exercise for us as we hadn't had a game for a while. It was nice to go over there and play in the sunshine."

The game was held at the main Garrison Stadium in Dhekelia where around 1000 British Forces, United Nations and Cypriot civilian staff and children surrounded the pitch.

Lt Col John Drew, Chairman of the Army Benevolent Fund Cyprus said: "This was a fantastic occasion for us. Not only did we get to witness some top class football, but it gave the soldiers posted here a chance to put something back into the fund that they themselves may need some day."


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