By James Vukmirovic
A Wolverhampton politician will host a fundraiser to help a football club in his constituency.
Pat McFadden, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton South East, has set up the 5-a-side Politicians vs Press football match at Bilston Town Football Club to raise the £18,000 needed to renew their lighting systems.
It will take place tomorrow and is part of a series of fundraising events organised to help replace the old and failing lighting system, which will not last much longer.
Mr McFadden said: “The club contributes greatly to the entertainment and culture of Bilston and it would be devastating for the town if the club were to fold.
“The club not only plays adults teams, but youth teams to giving young, local aspiring footballers a chance to shine.”
He said: “I have been involved with Bilston Town FC for many years, but this will be the first time that I’m playing on the pitch.
“My team of Politicians are looking forward to taking the press on and, win or lose, I hope we can raise as much money as possible for the club which provides such great entertainment week in week out in our great town.”
Mr McFadden will be part of the Politicians team, consisting of Labour, Conservative and Community Trade Union members.
They will take on a press team with members of the Express & Star and other media organisations from Wolverhampton and the local area.
With an engraved trophy on offer to the winning team, Mr McFadden is preparing for the challenge ahead.
He said: “I’m normally a runner not a footballer, so I’m hoping my fitness is up to scratch! I know that some of the councillors have been training hard”
The club has been in operation for over 100 years and cannot operate without a working lighting system.
The football match will take place on at 11.30am at Bilston Town Football Club, Queen Street, Bilston, WV14 7EX.
Entrance is £2 on the day and all proceeds will go to the floodlight appeal.
Donations can be made here: https://www.gofundme.com/bilston-town-floodlight-fund