A TOTAL of £900 was raised for three good causes after a football match played in memory of Bromsgrove firefighter Del Bradley who died last year just before he was due to retire.
The Copa Del Bradley between Hereford and and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service and West Mercia Police was held at Redditch United’s Valley Stadium and the cash will now be split between the Firefighters Charity, The British Heart Foundation and Flint House (Police Rehabilitation Centre).
After a tough encounter the fire service finished up champions, winning a penalty shoot-out 4-2.
The match itself started well for the fire service who, after finding the police keeper in fine form, took the lead through Wayne ‘Chuck’ Berry.
After the break the police fought back but the fire service should have made it 2-0, missing a half open goal.
The police continued to press and Paul Lofthouse equalised to make it 1-1.
Then, with more increased police pressure, West Mercia took the lead, thanks to a 30-yard wonder strike from Dave Louden before Don MacKenzie equalised for the fire service.
Both sides tried to find a winner but to no avail and it finished 2-2 leaving the fire service keeper Ed Jones to become the hero during the spot kicks.
Del’s partner Lou presented the Copa Del Bradley Cup to the Fire Captain Wayne Berry.
Organisers Wayne Berry, Rich Field and Andy Gilbert would like to thank everyone involved in making the match such a success.
The pictures on the day were taken by Neil Stuart Photography.