Dominic rises to club’s defence

Ex Liverpool and Leeds defender Dominic Matteo is supporting a fund-raiser by Shears FC, and donating a copy of his book, In My Defence. He is pictured with manager Jason Williams and Secutary Colin Hardy. (d09011246)
Ex Liverpool and Leeds defender Dominic Matteo is supporting a fund-raiser by Shears FC, and donating a copy of his book, In My Defence. He is pictured with manager Jason Williams and Secutary Colin Hardy. (d09011246)
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FOotball legend Dominic Matteo was in Hightown on Saturday to lend his support to a pub team.

The former Liverpool and Leeds United star was in Spen after accepting an invitation by the Shears Inn players and supporters.

The day started with a game between the under 25s v over 25s at Whitcliffe Mount Sports Centre, with the over 25s coming back from 4-1 down at the interval to win the game 9-6 with Richard Chamberlin, Timmy Wilkinson and Colin Hardy among the scorers.

After the match the players and supporters adjourned to the Shears, in Halifax Road, where they were joined by Dominic Matteo, who drew raffle prizes and signed autographs.

He also donated a signed copy of his book, In My Defence, to help raise more money.

Club secretary Colin Hardy said he wanted to thank Tim Dawson, who was instrumental in getting the former footballer to attend the fundraising event, and to Dominic himself for giving up his free time.

Colin said: “Most teams at grassroots level are finding the going especially hard to survive and we do tend to get lost and forgotten about, so for a legend in the game like Dominic Matteo supporting us has been a great help.

“The day has been a great success, raising £170, which will allow the team to pay off the remaining balance on the hire of the football pitch from the council and contribute towards new club jackets for our new players.”