FOOTBALL legends teamed up to bring a spark of magic to children at Christmas.

Ex Manchester United defender Wes Brown, former Everton striker James Beattie and football freestyler Jeremy Lynch joined TV stars and actors for a celebrity football match.

Ex Man Utd and England star Wes Brown

Ex Man Utd and England star Wes Brown

More than 350 spectators turned up at Witton Albion Football Club on Sunday for the exciting game.

Players raised more than £3,000 for a charity set up in memory of Matilda Cosgrove from Northwich, who was tragically stillborn in June last year.

Ex Everton star James Beattie

Ex Everton star James Beattie

Her parents Mark, 41, and Stacie, 33, will use the money to buy festive gifts for 270 children who will spend Christmas at Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

Stacie Cosgrove, Tom Malone and Mark Cosgrove

Stacie Cosgrove, Tom Malone and Mark Cosgrove

Mark said: "It was a great success. We are very proud and overwhelmed by all the support we've had.

"We want to bring some joy and happiness through our sadness. It's brilliant that so many big names gave up their time to play for us.

"We've not just reached our target for the year, we have gone beyond which means everything.

F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch

F2 Freestyler Jeremy Lynch

"We will be able to buy all the presents we need for Alder Hey and drop them off to the hospital mid December."

A cold cot, a chilled Moses basket costs around £1,600 and enables bereaved parents to spend precious time at home with their lost little one.

Matt Lapinskas

Matt Lapinskas

Gogglebox star Tom Malone, Love Island stars Josh Ritchie and Luke Trotman from Love Island, James Hill from Celebrity Big Brother and Joe Sealey from Cheshire Housewives gave up their time to support the fundraising event.

Tom Malone Pictures: Karl Brooks Photography

Tom Malone 

Matt Lapinskas from Dancing on Ice, Ali Hamidi from ITV Carp Fishing, Nev Wilshire from BBC Call Centre and actors Dean Gaffney and Danny Hatchard were all in the Sellebrity XI.

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Nev Wilshire from BBC Call Centre

Matilda FC, a team of players from the Matilda Foundation were thrilled to win 8-2 and take home the trophy.

Matilda FC celebrate their win

Matilda FC celebrate their win

Mark and Stacie are planning another celebrity football match next year and a further two games with local Northwich charities.

Mark and Stacie Cosgrove with the trophy

Mark and Stacie Cosgrove with the trophy

The couple wish to thank Matthew Greenway who is stepping down from running Matilda FC to concentrate on a new venture.

"Matthew has helped set the groundwork so far and we are very appreciative of his hard work," said Mark.

Matthew Greenway and Mark Griffiths with the trophy

Matthew Greenway and Mark Griffiths with the trophy

"My wife and I are now looking forward to our Christmas kids party at Witton Albion on December 19 with a kids disco and games plus a visit from Santa."

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