Pc Rathband to kick-off charity football match

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DAVID Rathband, the police officer shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, will kick-off a charity football game this weekend.

On Sunday, May 22, Blyth Town Over 40s will be play Middlesbrough Over 40s to raise money for Pc Rathband’s Blue Lamp Foundation as well as Motor Neurone Disease charity.

Both charities have links with the club as former Boro player Willie Maddren died of Motor Neurone Disease in 2000 and David Rathband officiated in a number of the men’s first team games before he was shot last year.

Middlesbrough’s team includes chairman Steve Gibson, former players Craig Hignett, Steve Agnew, Viv Anderson, Curtis Fleming and is managed by Gordon McQueen.

The event will take place at Blyth Town’s home ground South Newsham and is scheduled for a 2pm start.