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  Matt Gadsby Memorial Match

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Fans of Hinckley United and football, said their last goodbyes to Matt Gadsby on Sunday April 1st as the final event of the Memorial Fund took place at the Marston Stadium. 1400 people were in attendance to see Legends of the game and players from Matt's previous clubs take part in a memorial match for Matt. The Legends team included Gary McAllister, Matt Le Tissier, Matt Elliott, Nigel Winterburn, Steve Hodge, David Speedie, David Regis, Nicky Platnauer, Micky Gynn and Paul Culpin. The teams were led onto the pitch by Matt's daughter 1 year old Amelia Gadsby, and her cousin 3 year old Daniel Gillespie, son of Rachel, Matt's sister. For the first half the Legends took on a team from Hinckley United with most of Hinckley's team getting a run out at some stage. Hinckley took a 2-0 lead within 15 minutes thanks to goals from Neil Cartwright and Owen Story, before a superb and cheeky free kick from Matt Le Tissier brought it back to 2-1 after half an hour. Andy Brown scored Hinckley's third right on half time when he out jumped Matt Elliott in the goal to head home. For the second half a Gadsby Select XI took on the legends, this was a team put together by Ian Foster compromising of Matt's former clubs, plus a rather portly fellow by the name of Dean Thomas in goal. Thomas was called into action when he managed to stop another Le Tissier free kick, before Iyesden Christie scored a fourth for the Gadsby Select. Then mid way through the second half Dean Thomas defected, took off his top to reveal a Legends shirt and changed sides playing for the Legends. Amazingly Thomas scored for the Legends within minutes of his double cross, finshing off a rebound from the edge of the area. The Gadsby Select XI had the final word though scoring a fifth just before full time. There was a question and answer session with Peter Shilton, Matt Elliott and David Speedie before the players joined the fans in the bar all happy to sign autographs and stand for photos.

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Hinckley United & Gadsby Select XI 5 - 2 Legends XI
De Montfort Park, April 2007
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