THE great-grandson of one of England’s greatest football players has helped raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in a 24-hour match.

Cameron Gough, who is a third year student at Durham University, admits he is not blessed with the talent that led many to label his great-grandfather the greatest player of all time – he is currently a full-back for Collingwood College AFC’s ‘G’ team.

However, the 20-year-old enjoys the game alongside his maths studies at Durham University and was happy to pull on his boots in aid of The Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation, which provides young people with the opportunity to achieve through sport.

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He said: “Having played last year, I knew this would be a phenomenal event but also one that would give me the opportunity to continue my great-grandfather’s work.

“The match was a real team effort – the rain hit at 6am, and it kept pouring, but together we pulled through and made sure the ball kept rolling.

“A massive thank you to the team for putting on an amazing event and also to everyone else who got involved – whether they played or donated.”

About 275 students, staff and local residents took part in the 24-hour match, which has raised more than £4,000 for the foundation.

The match was held at Collingwood College, in South Road, from 7pm on Friday, until 7pm the following day.

Among those playing were students from various Durham University colleges, plus an ‘All Stars’ team of university staff.

Rolling substitutes were used and the final result was close, with the red team beating the black one by 368 goals to 362.

There was also live music and refreshments.

Student Abe Butterworth, one of the organisers, said: “At Collingwood College AFC we recognise how lucky we are to have the opportunity and facilities to play football whenever we wish.

“This is something that the charity we are representing this year, The Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation, want for all.

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“Even though the weather was dreadful, community spirit prevailed and the event still carried on so that we can ensure The Sir Stanley Matthews Coaching Foundation gets the funding and recognition it deserves.”

“A huge thank you goes out to all those who have played, donated and supported us over the weekend and also to both John Motson and Vicki Sparks for their help.”

Former BBC commentator John Motson recorded a promotional video for the event and Vicki Sparks, a BBC commentator and Collingwood College graduate, attended and commentated on part of the match on the Friday evening.

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