Stars backing charity match

Mick Ennis

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A charity football match between veteran Burnley FC players, the Vintage Clarets, and St Theodore’s old boys is being held for popular teacher Mick Ennis, who is having treatment for cancer.

Former St Theodore’s students Chris Casper, who was part of the Manchester United class of ‘92, former Burnley midfielder John Mullin and his brother Paul, who holds the appearance record for Accrington Stanley, will be among those turning out on the day for ‘St Ted’s’.

The Vintage Clarets side includes Roger Eli, John Deary, Graham Lancashire and David Eyres.

Ithas been organised by former St Theodore’s pupil Nick Palich who said: “Mick used to teach me and we have stayed in touch ever since in amateur sport circles.

“When he was diagnosed with cancer, we came up with the idea of raising money after Mick’s brother did a charity bike ride for him and we decided on a football match and it’s snowballed from there.

“The reaction has been superb and everyone wants to help. I think Mick is a bit embarrassed and humbled by it but it just shows how much influence he had on people’s lives in the town.”

Former St Theodore’s teacher Mick now teaches at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College and has been helping the youngsters of the town for more than 40 years.

During his time as a sports-mad teacher, “Mennis” as he is affectionately known, managed school football teams to eight Lancashire Cup Finals and one national final. At cricket he managed teams to three Lancashire cricket finals.

He is well known in local footballing and cricketing circles, having a long association with Belvedere FC and Belvedere Cricket Club.

The charity match is on Sunday, November 23rd, at Burnley Belvedere Football Club on Holden Road with a 1-30 pm kick off. Everyone is welcome.

All money raised will go to Pendleside Hospice, where Mick is having treatment. Burnley striker Danny Ings has also auctioned a pair of football boots for the cause while England cricket star Jimmy Anderson, who Mick used to teach, has donated a signed England shirt on e-bay.

Donation to the hospice can be made at www.justgiving.com/mick-ennis