EXCITING football memorabilia and an appearance by an England legend proved a winning formula at a County Durham club’s latest fundraising event.

Former England, Arsenal and Middlesbrough midfielder Ray Parlour was the guest speaker at Newton Aycliffe Football Club’s charity auction at the town’s Working Men’s Club last week.

The event, which was hosted by Sky Sports News reporter David Craig, saw an old Wembley seat signed by Sir Geoff Hurst and a Lionel Messi-signed Barcelona shirt go under the hammer, raising £300 each and bringing the total raised on the night to £2,000.

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Liverpudlian comedian Gary Skyner was also a highlight of the evening and had the 150-plus audience in stitches.

“It was a tremendous success,” said general manager Dan Lewis. “Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and went away with a smile on their face, which is ultimately the main thing.

“The fact we raised a lot of money is also a huge bonus, and we’d like to thank everyone for coming along and supporting us, particularly those who bid so generously during the auction.”

Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson, who attended the event, added: “It’s great that the club could attract such a big name from the world of football, have a really good night and raise some much-needed money all in one go.

"I look forward to future events being held by the club and I’m sure they’ll be as well supported as this one was.”