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Stars honour match for tragic footballer

PUBLISHED: 11:50 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:02 25 August 2010

TRIBUTE: Darrell Bing passed away in June last year.

TRIBUTE: Darrell Bing passed away in June last year.

A CELEBRITY charity sports match is to be held in memory of a football fanatic who battled with a crippling disease.

A CELEBRITY charity sports match is to be held in memory of a football fanatic who battled with a crippling disease.

Former members of Eltham Royals FC will play a squad of ex-Arsenal players and celebrities at Thamesmead Town FC, Bayliss Avenue, in memory of a lost team mate Darrell Bing this Sunday.

The celebrity team will include Ralf Little, from The Royle Family, Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley, and ex-Arsenal players Perry Groves, Paul Davis and Steve Williams.

Mr Bing, 37, of Dairsie Road, Eltham, helped found the amateur club in 1986 but passed away in June 2007 after suffering from adrenal leukodystrophy for 15 years.

The match has been set up by friends from the team, which disbanded in 2001, who will donate all proceedings towards building Demelza children's hospice in Eltham.

The former Citibank worker regularly donated to children's charities.

Friend and former team mate Matthew Bell, 38, from Eltham, said: "He was heavily into football, both as a player and as a supporter when he became too unwell to play.

"He was aware two or three years before he died that he was unlikely to live much longer, but he never let on to even his immediate family and closest friends.

"Following Darrell's death we wanted to honour him and we felt it would be a fitting tribute to reform the Eltham Royals."The Eltham Royals will also donate a Darrell Bing Memorial Trophy to Deansfield Primary School, to be presented as an annual football trophy.

Mr Bing's mother, Ann, 66, said: "I think it's fantastic, he'd be so proud. His friends have been wonderful."

Mr Bing, a former Eaglesfield school pupil, was single, lived with his parents and has an older brother, Phil.

The charity match will kick off at 3pm with gates opening at 1pm.

Tickets cost £2, and entrance is free for under-10s.

To make a donation visit justgiving.com/darrellbing.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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