Charity football match set to draw a big crowd for “Mennis”

Patrick Bamford and Jamaal Lascelles signing shirt after the game (below) Patrick Bamford's signed England shirt
Patrick Bamford and Jamaal Lascelles signing shirt after the game (below) Patrick Bamford's signed England shirt

Organisers are predicting a big crowd for a charity football game that is set to take place at Burnley Belevedere on Sunday (24th Nov).

The event is being held in honour of Mick Ennis, the legendary sports mad teacher from Blessed Trinity (formerly St Theodore’s) who is currently receiving treatment for Cancer.

As things stand, organisers are expecting over 1,000 people at the game and are advising people to get there early for the 1:30 kick off.

“Mennis” as he was affectionately known is a well-respected teacher and is loved by pupils past and present and that has prompted a huge response.

Mick’s brother, Ged Ennis, said: “The amount of support that Mick has received has been overwhelming – it’s incredible how many people’s lives he has touched having been at St. Ted’s for 40 years.”

“Mick receives regular care from Pendleside Hospice and highly values their professionalism, dedication and care,” added Ged. “For that reason we’re really grateful to all the people locally and all the ex-Ted’s pupils who will be supporting Pendleside Hospice by attending Sunday’s match.”

Besides being a keen amateur sportsman himself - playing football for KSC, Redrose and others, as well as cricket for Burnley Belvedere for over 30 years - Mick taught, coached and mentored a number of Ted’s pupils who went on to become professional footballers, including Olly Norwood and John and Paul Mullin – with the latter two expected to play some part on Sunday.

Ged added: “A number of professional footballers have shown their support by contributing auction items to help raise funds. Just this week, following the England Under 21 game at Turf Moor, Patrick Bamford gave us a signed England shirt – it’s makes a pretty unique piece of memorabilia for any Clarets fan as there were three Burnley players in the team and Danny Ings scored two of the goals.”

Anyone wishing to contribute to help raise funds for Pendleside Hospice can do so by visiting www.justgiving.com/mick-ennis - where there are more details about Sunday’s match.

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