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Ex-England goalie fights for school football pitches

A campaign for new school football pitches is in safe hands thanks to support from former England goalkeeper Joe Corrigan.

Pupils at Christ the King School, in Macclesfield, have netted the support of the former football star in their fight to get football facilities.

The mixed faith school, which was formed by the merger of St Barnabas C of E and St Edward’s Catholic schools, moved onto its site on Fir Grove last year. But the sloped playing fields and drainage problems mean the children have no football pitch to play on.

Joe, who played more than 450 games for Manchester City in the ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as playing for England, is helping the school raise the £50,000 needed to make improvements which would allow them to have two 7-a-side and one 9-a-side pitch on the site. The pitches would be shared with the local community.

Joe, who has a grandson at the school, said:  “I’m just helping in any way I can. I had them write to Trevor Brooking at the FA, as me and Trevor played together in the England squad, and he was very helpful.

“We are hoping to get some grants from the local FA but are also hoping local industry and commerce will put their hands in their pockets.

“The days of being able to go out in the road and have a game of football are gone.

“Youngsters need a facility which they can walk to and which is safe, especially as the area around the school is very built up.”


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