FANS are invited to enjoy a feast of football to celebrate the life of much-loved Albion mascot and lifelong fan, Richard Eades.
‘Eadesy’, who passed away in December at the age of just 42, embarked on almost 30 years’ service at the Club as a 14-year-old - working as a member of the groundstaff and then coaching staff. But he will be most fondly remembered for his role as mascot ‘Albi’, donning the famous costume since 2007.
Come along to The Grove, home of Halesowen Town, on Sunday, April 29 between 11am and 7.30pm for what promises to be an entertainment-packed outing for all the family.
Football, face painting and a fun fair head up the schedule, with all proceeds raised going to Richard’s two young children, Lily-Mae, 8, and Archie, 3.
Tickets are just £5 and can be purchased here.
The day kicks off with a nine-a-side tournament before mascots from all over the country congregate for a special ‘It’s a Knockout’ style match.
The showpiece event sees Boing FC, a club Richard was involved with for over 10 years both as player and manager, take on an Albion Legends XI at around 4.30pm.
Peter Odemwingie, Richard Sneekes, Russell Hoult, Andy Johnson, Kevin Donovan, Sean Gregan and Geoff Horsfield are all among the former Baggies set to feature.
Great friend and fellow mascot fun-maker Dave Challoner played a major role in organising the day and is hoping as many people as possible make it to Halesowen.
“I wanted to organise something which would bring together everyone who knew Eadesy to celebrate his life,” he said.
“He loved his football and he was involved in the game for so long with so many different groups.
“It’s a chance for everyone to come and enjoy a day of football and fun in memory of Eadesy.
“We worked together for years as Baggie Bird and Albi at the Albion and it’s great to have players such as Andy Johnson, Darren Moore and Geoff Horsfield attending the day.
“Andy has been a massive help and has got lots of former players involved which is brilliant.
“All the money raised will go towards Eadesy’s children, who have been dealt a cruel blow in losing their dad so early in their lives.
“His fiancé Carly has two young kids to raise and we just wanted to do something which would help the family out financially.
“Proceeds will help towards a trip to Disney and also a visit to Butlins over Christmas.
“It’ll be a fantastic event and one I encourage fans of all football clubs to come on down to and enjoy with us at Halesowen Town.”
Get your tickets here.