MARK Williams has pulled together a celebrity XI including several snooker players to take part in a charity football match in his home village of Cwm in Wales on Saturday afternoon.
Williams and Co will be raising money for Cwm mother-of-two Joe Hendy, in need of funds to help pay for a cancer treatment unavailable on the NHS.
The match will take place at 2.30pm on Saturday 17th May at Cwm Football Field.
And among those on show taking the field for the celebrities will be Williams himself, Joe Perry, Mark King, Michael Holt, Matthew Stevens, Peter and son Oliver Lines, Andrew Pagett, Alex Davies, former Wales rugby stars Byron Haywood and Nathan Thomas, and stars of MTV’s Dirty Sanchez Pritchard and Dainton.
Williams has already been offered a free £100 charity bet from bookmaker Boylesports with any proceeds to go to the fund.
Arsenal fan Perry, who will be watching the Gooners against Hull in the Cup Final after the charity game, said: “Mark Williams has pulled it all together, and obviously it’s for a very good cause.
“There is a decent turnout, around 15 in the squad, and we have been working out how to use our forces during the game. I think in the first half it will be the celebrities against some local Cwm team legends, and then in the second half their first team will be coming on – so we could need a big lead!
“Myself and Mark Williams are eyeing the holding midfield roles; young Oliver Lines can do all the running, we need his legs; dad Peter is supposed to be all right, he will be in midfield; and Ryan Day is decent and should be up front, possibly with Kingy who still plays a fair bit.
“I think the big Welsh rugby lads are going to be at the back keeping it tight and scaring everyone, Holty can slot in anywhere and Alex Davies should be on the left wing.
“Andrew Pagett will be there too, someone put on Twitter he should be a corner flag – and Matthew Stevens is physio for the day, basically holding a sponge. I have no idea where Pritchard and Dainton are going to play!
“I haven’t played properly, bar a kick-about in Shanghai a couple of seasons ago, for maybe 10 or 15 years but I’m looking forward to it.
“Then afterwards it’s a quick shower and back to the bar for the FA Cup Final. I think Arsenal have a slightly better chance of winning than we do.”
There is a Facebook page for information on how to donate, at Fund for Joe.