May 11, 2004
Multiple Sclerosis Society
When Danny Wallace signed for Manchester United in 1990 after 10 years with Southampton, the future for one of the UK's most talented young wingers could not have looked brighter. Instead there followed a succession of injuries. Bafflingly these were coupled with constant pins and needles and heavy fatigue. It was another five years, with his career in unhappy decline, before Danny was told he had multiple sclerosis.
On the 17th May an impressive number of big name footballers will turn out at Southampton’s St Mary’s Stadium for Danny Wallace’s testimonial. The match is being held to raise money for Danny and for the MS Society.
The exact line up will not be decided until until just before the game, depending on injuries and other commitments but those have agreed in principle to take part include:
Paul Ince, Dennis Rofe, Ian Wright, Paul Parker, Denis Irwin, Gary Pallister, Jimmy Case, Kevin Bond, Mark Dennis, Alan Ball, Steve Williams, Nick Holmes, Dave Beasant, Tim Flowers, Jean Tigana, Martin Chivers, Peter Beardsley, Ray and Rod Wallace, George Lawrence, Luther Blissett, John Barnes, Paul Gascoigne, Francis Benali, Kevin Moore, Viv Anderson, Mike Channon, Andy Townsend, Mark Wright, Charlie George, Clayton Blackmore, Micky Adams, Ian Branfoot, Dave Madden, Glenn Cockerill, Dave Armstrong, Chris Nicholls, Peter Shilton, Steve Baker, Cyrille Regis, Ian Baird, Barry Blankley, Gordon Strachan, Matt Le Tissier. More players still to be confirmed.
Two of the biggest attractions though will be larger-than-life goalkeepers Tim Flowers and Dave Beasant whose presence always adds a sense of fun on these occasions. The pair are always prepared to ham it up for the crowd in benefit games, often playing up front for a laugh
Other big names will be confirmed soon for the all-star side which is likely to feature several top former Manchester United stars who played alongside Danny during his time at Old Trafford.
However they will be unable to send any of their current stars as they
will also be preparing for the FA Cup final.
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