Actor and former Arsenal player turn out for charity match

Eddie McGoldrick and Ralf Little at a charity football match in Raunds
Eddie McGoldrick and Ralf Little at a charity football match in Raunds

Actor Ralf Little and former Crystal Palace, Arsenal and Manchester City player Eddie McGoldrick took part in a charity football match at Raunds FC.

A team from the Arsenal Foundation took on a Raunds 11 this afternoon (Sunday) at an event held to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support‎, Cransley Hospice in Kettering and the Arsenal Foundation in memory of the Raunds club’s former chairman Peter Scanlon, who died from cancer in May.

People bid for the opportunity to play in the local team.

Peter Scanlon’s son Nigel, 46, from Raunds, captained the local team. He said: “I lost my father in May to cancer and he was the chairman of the club. He was well known locally.”

As a keen Aston Villa fan, Nigel said he hoped his team would beat the Arsenal side.

Organiser Jamie Chatfield said: “I held an open bid for people to play against the Arsenal team, which raised more than £1,300 for the charities.”

Ralf Little, who has appeared in a range of TV shows, including the The Royle Family and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, has also played semi-professional football and he regularly turns out for the Arsenal Foundation team.

He said: “I am pleased to be supporting the charities today. One of the lovely things about playing in this team is that you get to travel around the country and see places you’ve never been to before. Everyone is really friendly here so I hope we have a good game of football.”

Despite being a midfielder during his playing days, Eddie McGoldrick, who lives in the Corby area, played in goal today due to an injury. He said: “It’s local for me and I am pleased to be able to support the charities.

“It’s also nice to come along and see some of the old faces”