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Newport County AFC Legends v Shaftesbury Youth Select charity match on Sunday

17 November 2021

Caerleon FC will host a special charity match on Sunday afternoon, with kick-off at 1pm.

On 22nd November 2006, Rhys Griffiths of Bettws and Malpas passed away after a two-year battle with testicular cancer. He was just 22 years old. Rhys was a massive Arsenal, County, and all-around sports fan. Rhys played for Shaftesbury Youth FC all his life and was captain from U8's to U15s. He was a natural-born leader and tough as iron. Known for his powerful dead balls and shots he was very popular and his best friend Ryan Johnson set about organising a charity fundraising match every year in November in his memory.

Every year for the last 15 years Rhys' old Shaftesbury teammates reunite, watched and joined by family and friends, to play Newport Civil Service FC and Crosskeys United FC in a match held in his memory and they have raised in excess of £10-15,000 for Velindre Cancer Centre and Cancer Research UK.

All fans are welcome and a small donation on the day towards the charity is the entrance fee. Kids can attend free. A raffle is being held, shirt auctions and games also afterward are being held. Refreshments are also available at the Caerleon AFC clubhouse and there is a chance to meet your past heroes of our promotion seasons.

In excess of 25 NCAFC legends and 35 Shaftesbury, Civil, and Crosskeys players are playing this year and all funds will be donated to Velindre. Some of the County legends who have said they’ll attend include: John Relish (Manager), Lee Minshul, Gary Warren, Scott Rogers , Kerry Morgan, Andy Sandell, Paul Bignot, Jason Price, Simon Truman, Dean Holdsworth, Cortez Belle, Nathan Davies (Captain), Mike Flynn, Darren Jones, Kieran Blackburn, Wayne Hatswell, John Sanderson, Aaron O’Connor, Christian Jolley, Mark Price, Jason Donovan, David Pipe, Guppy Hughes, Byron Anthony and Danny Elliott, Gareth Wesson and Swansea's Lee Trundle.

Please support this worthwhile venture by attending the game, buying a shirt or by putting a little bit of change in Sunday's bucket collection.

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