The launch of the £1m new 3G training facility at Accrington & Rossendale College was opened in style with an all-star game between an Accross XI v Puma XI.
Ex Scotland international and Blackburn Rovers legend Kevin Gallacher, current Rovers player Phil Jones and Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman found the net in a penalty shootout to officially open the facility.
An array of other legends graced the playing surface as the ‘friendly’ kicked off with old foes still finding the touch that erased their ageing years. Asa Hartford, ex Manchester City and Mike Marsh, ex Liverpool and Galatasaray provided the driving force in midfield that fed the deadly duo of Coleman and Jimmy Bell in the Accross XI team who by half time were in command and leading 1-0 despite the spirited efforts of Puma captain Gallacher who worked tirelessly to drive the Puma side on.
Current Accross Academy player’s Tom Anderton, Jack Aldred and Luke Hartley added the competitive edge to the Accross side and a second winning goal from Coleman gave the spoils to the Accross XI side despite a late rally from the Puma XI following a penalty scored by Darrell Avery.
Hundreds of spectators turned up to mark the event and stars repaid them with an impromptu autograph session after the game.
A charity dinner followed at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel in Accrington which helped raise funds for the Marie Curie Cancer Care.
ACCROSS will be holding trials next Wednesday April 20th 2011 for next year’s intake into the Academy. More information is available on the website www.accrossfootball.co.uk or contact Mark Fell, Head of Sport on 01254 354135.