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Welling United welcome football legends Kerry Dixon, Billy Bonds and Paul Canoville to support armed forces veterans

PUBLISHED: 16:25 12 March 2013 | UPDATED: 16:25 12 March 2013

L-r: Kerry Dixon, Welling United president Eric Brackstone, Paul Canoville and Billy Bonds. Pic by Dave Budden

L-r: Kerry Dixon, Welling United president Eric Brackstone, Paul Canoville and Billy Bonds. Pic by Dave Budden

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Three former footballers attended Welling United's clash with Basingstoke United on Saturday to mark the club's armed forces day.

Former Chelsea players Kerry Dixon and Paul Canoville, along with ex-West Ham United captain Billy Bonds, were special guests at Park View Road.

Almost 1,000 people packed into the ground including pupils from around 60 schools across the borough who were given free tickets.

More than £200 was raised for armed forces veterans through a bucket collection around the ground.

John Parry, co-founder of the Parry Marketing Trust which sponsors the event, said: “It went very well.

“Welling said the attendance was 720, I think it was closer to 1,000 because the under-12s who go free weren’t counted.

“They average crowds of 540, and we think the three famous footballers added an extra 80 to 100 per cent on that.”

The bumper crowd was treated to a last-minute equaliser from table-topping Welling that Dixon, who scored 231 professional goals, would have been proud of.

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