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Fans back former player

Monday March 25, 12:37 PM

Rams fans proved their generosity towards former player John Robson yesterday when they turned out to support a game played on his behalf.

The match between former Derby and Aston Villa players has become something of an annual tradition over the last few years with proceeds from previous ties going to heart disease charities in memory of former Derby player Tommy Powell.

The Villa representatives have so enjoyed their previous encounters that they were keen to play again this year and with John Robson having been forced out of the game with multiple sclerosis he seemed a worthy beneficiary.

Robson was a protegee of Brian Clough, playing in Derby's first successful championship campaign, earning England Under-23 honours before being sold on to Aston Villa to allow for the arrival of David Nish.

A pitchside collection garnered £316 from those attending and a further £65 was raised from an auction of signed Derby County memorabilia.

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