ALBION fans, players and staff united as one for the Richard Eades Family Fun Day on Sunday - raising over £20,000 for his young family and Edward’s Trust.
Around 2,300 supporters watched on as an Albion All Stars XI - managed by Darren Moore - took on Boing FC, the team ‘Eadesy’ was heavily involved with before his untimely passing in December.
James Morrison and Chris Brunt were also in attendance at Halesowen Town where Mooro’s team for the day earned a 5-3 victory.
It was Brunt’s seven-year-old son Zach who stole the show, netting a second-half penalty for Boing FC to set up a tense finale at The Grove.
There was a memorable mascots match earlier in the day with feathered and furry friends from across the country offering their own unique and entertaining tribute to Eadesy.
Richard’s best friend and fellow Albion mascot Dave Challoner has been blown away by the support of the Albion family in recent months.
“I’d like to thank each and every supporter who attended the game on Sunday. It was a huge success thanks to them,” said ‘Chall’.
“The former players, who travelled from far and wide to be there, were also incredible. They gave their time to support the day without hesitation. Thank you to Andy Johnson for getting the old gang back together for the day.
“James Morrison and Chris Brunt were superb all day and really embraced the reason we were there, which was obviously to celebrate the life of Eadesy.
“I have to pay a special tribute to Darren Moore who gave up his time during what has been a particularly busy period for him personally.
“Many clubs claim to have a family culture but it was clear on Sunday - with so many legends, past and present at the game - that at Albion actions speak louder than words.
“The family have been blown away by the support they have received from the club and I know I speak for everyone when I say we thank Albion from the bottom of our hearts.”
To find out more about Edward’s Trust and their bereavement support for children please head to edwardstrust.org.uk