Albion legend on 'cause close to my heart'
DARREN Moore has called on the help of some of the region’s football stars in aid of one of his favourite causes tonight.
The Baggies coach and former defender will be joined by representatives from the club to support the World Mental Health Charity Ball gala at Birmingham Town Hall organised by Kaleidoscope Plus Group.
Kaleidoscope are a mental health support group based just a stone’s throw from The Hawthorns and Darren relishes his role on the Board of Trustees.
Tonight’s ball comes on the eve of World Mental Health Day, and the Albion legend says: “Kaleidoscope are a cause close to my heart. I believe strongly in what they are promoting.
“It’s been difficult getting my ‘football’ table together because the international break has restricted the availability.
“But one or two of the lads have come to the rescue as have some of the players from our neighbours. It is a great cause to support and help raise awareness.”
Darren was talking about his support of Kaleidoscope in a wide-ranging interview with Express & Star and Birmingham Mail journalists which you can read over the weekend.
And it made for some fascinating conversation as Darren, who coaches at all levels including first team, revealed:
“When I criticised Wayne Rooney for that cheeky bit of time wasting against me when he was 16, the hate mail waiting for me by Monday was incredible. You would not have believed it.”
“I shall go to Macclesfield this weekend to watch our boys who are playing at Kidderminster. It’s been a difficult start for them but loans are so important. It gives the young players a taste of reality.”
“We needed Tony at the club. He’s brought that stability when things were getting a little bit difficult.”
“I think it would be great for the top two in the Under 21 Premier Leagues to be given an entry to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy or perhaps the non-League equivalent (FA Trophy) … I think that would be a boost for everyone.”
“The Premier League is such a ferocious beast these days. Our Under 21s get a lot of sessions with the first teamers and after 20 minutes they are blowing really hard because they have been chasing the ball so much.”
“I’ve had 20 years in this game and I would not regret a thing. Management? Maybe one day but at the moment all I am interested in is developing in these roles I have at Albion.”