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One game; 24 hours and a five a side football team with bags of enthusiasm

Skem Men-aces take on the all day challenge for charity

The Skem Men-Aces with their medals after they completed a 24 hour football match for charity

With an electric atmosphere and a true passion for the beautiful game, the Men-aces completed their 24 hour nonstop five-a-side football marathon in style.

Starting at 4pm on Friday, June 27 the game started out fast as the excitement grew.

Coach of the team for adults with learning difficulties, Carl Eaton said: “The lads where told to pace themselves but they were so excited and passionate that they went all out from the off.

“The hours slowly ticked by, but the pace kept up, and with a steady show of support that came to witness this great fete the lads had someone to play for,.

“Late evening and early morning hours where what you could call it a brick wall; the pace slowed down a little but the energy these lads had was immense and they just kept going and going,”


West Lancs Sports Therapy played an important part as this was a mean task for them also staying a full 24 hours keeping the team going.

As the final hour approached minds and legs where tired, but a crowd started to gather around cheering the lads on keeping them going and then came a count down which rang out around the hall and then jubilate celebrations.

Carl said: “Everyone hugged each other, this was truly remarkable.”

The 24 hour match was a sponsored event with all funds going to the Ben Buggy Fund Trust and a new defibrillator for the club.

Many of the Men-aces attended the WW1 Armed Forces Day in Skelmersdale and played several exhibition matches against the police where it came down to a penalty shoot out, with the Men-aces winning at sudden death.

Carl added: “It was so nice to be able to help other charities, these lads never cease to amaze us.”


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