Clarets come together for Mick

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Following last year’s game to show appreciation for the work Mick Ennis did throughout his many years of teaching and his involvement in school sport, the Mick Ennis Memorial Trophy will again be held on Sunday.

A team of St Ted’s Old Boys will take on the Vintage Clarets at Belvedere Sports Club on Holden Road, kick-off 2 p.m., to help raise funds for Pendleside Hospice.

Mick was a respected PE teacher at St Theodore’s and Blessed Trinity RC Schools, where he helped develop sporting talent such as England cricketer James Anderson, former Manchester United youngster Chris Casper – part of the famous Class of 92 – and Burnley midfielder John Mullin, who also played for Sunderland and Rotherham United, Tranmere Rovers and Accrington Stanley.

Brother Paul – who also played for Stanley, Morecambe and Bradford City – and Northern Ireland and Reading midfielder Oliver Norwood also progressed in sport under Mick’s guidance.

Mick died at the hospice in December, 2014.

The Vintage Clarets have announced that Ian Britton’s three sons Liam, Callum and Kieran will be in the squad in honour of their dad, who recently died, aged 61, at Pendleside Hospice .

Former Clarets captain, coach and caretaker manager Steve Davis will also be making his Vintage Clarets debut.

The St Ted’s team will feature an array of former pupils, including John Mullin, who will captain the side, as well as Dean Stowe, formerly of Hull City.

The team will be managed by Burnley FC’s former St Theodore’s teacher Pat McKiernan, who also sadly lost his wife Ruth earlier this year to cancer. She too spent her final days in the Hospice.

The ‘Super Sunday’ will be followed by live bands at Belvedereat 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., The Years, and Furious Styles, with bands also playing at the club tonight and tomorrow at the Belvedere and Calder Vale Music Festival.

Tonight, there is a Northern Soul disco with Roman, while Bo and Boo play live, and tomorrow, the Uptown Band and Offay provide entertainment.