A mixture of pastors, police officers local businessmen and ex-offenders battled it out on the pitch when they took on BWFC Men’s Health team in a friendly football match at the Reebok stadium.
Reformed offenders from Bolton charity Be Strong, were given a helping hand by ex-BWFC legend Tony Kelly.
The charity is supported by Bolton Wanderers Community Trust, which runs the BWFC Men’s Health programme in an attempt to combat the number of young men in Bolton facing health issues.
Ben Lawton, head of strategy and development at the trust, said: “We think what Darren is doing with Be Strong is fantastic and we loved the idea of getting the two teams together for a game.
“It was brilliant for both sides to have a professional like Tony Kelly on the pitch and there was a great atmosphere during the match.” Veteran midfielder Kelly said: “It was great playing with the lads, it gave them a boost.
“Everyone deserves a second chance and these lads have put their problems in the past. It’s a great cause and the lads know I’m there for them.” The ex-player is so supportive of Be Strong he will be spending the night in a prison cell with Bolton councillor Andy Morgan in July, to raise money for the charity.