A charity match between Fairford Town FC and a Swindon Town Legends XI on Sunday 26th August 2012 raised £1,007 for the British Heart Foundation.
A cheque presentation took place at The County Ground on Thursday 27th September with Fairford Town Chairman Mike Tanner handing over a cheque to Alison Rosier, British Heart Foundation Fundraising Volunteer Manager.
Alison Rosier, Fundraising Volunteer Manager at BHF, says: “We’d like to thank both Swindon Town Football Club and Fairford Town Football Club for organising this fantastic charity football match. The BHF can only continue its life-saving and life-changing work thanks to money raised from events like this.
“We urgently need more groups like STFC and Fairford Town to support us. Keep working with us and together we will beat heart disease - for good.”
The game, in memory of former Fairford player and Swindon coach John Hathaway, took place on Sunday 26th August 2012 and saw a host of former Swindon regulars turn out for the game including David Duke, Ian Woan, Jerel Ifil, Paul Bodin and Alan McLoughlin.
Current Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio also played 90 minutes on a sun-drenched afternoon in Gloucestershire as the Robins side took on a spirited Fairford side. Fairford went ahead with an own goal before Paolo Di Canio levelled the scoring with a neat run and finish.
Former Swindon, Yeovil and Hereford midfielder Jamie Pitman put his side ahead with a header before the break before an impressive finish from Fairford's Rob Simpson levelled the game at 2-2.
Second half goals from Andy Caton and David Duke gave Swindon a 4-2 advantage in front of a crowd of just under 300, who enjoyed a fun afternoon of football on a superb Cinder Lane surface.