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Friday 14th November 2003
McCoig-Lees family honoured by Man Utd
Manchester Utd's Kieran Richardson with some young fans
Man Utd's Kieran Richardson with some young fans
Over 1,500 people were at Ledbury Town FC for the visit of probably the most famous football club side in the world, the mighty Manchester United, in a benefit match for the McCoig-Lees family.
audio BBC Hereford & Worcester's Mark Develin meets the McCoig-Lees family and players from both teams at the big match (56k)
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The match was in aid of the McCoig-Lees Family, three members of whom died in a minibus crash in Manchester earlier this year

The match was a sell out, much to the delight of the man organising the event, Derek Durham, Ledbury Town's publicity officer

Manchester United suggested holding the match and Ledbury Town Football Club were happy to accept the challenge

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See the story of this historic match unfold in the Ledbury Town v Manchester Utd photo gallery

Manchester United were visiting Ledbury in a benefit match in honour of the McCoig-Lees family.

Three members of the family, who were keen Ledbury Town and Manchester United fans, died in a motorway crash.

Ledbury Town are doing quite well in the West Midland League, but in this football match they could have easily have been slightly overwhelmed as the opposition are nine leagues above them.

However the match turned out to be very competitive and Ledbury could have took the lead in the first few minutes when they hit the United crossbar.

Incredibly United hit the crossbar themselves a couple of minutes later and they went on the score twice in the first half with goals from Kieran Richardson and David Jones.

In the second half Matty Williams scored for United and they appeared to be coasting at 3-0.

Ledbury threw caution to the wind and laid seige to the United goal and the pressure led to what appeared to be a consolation goal from Robbie Colwell.

The crowd went into a frenzy when Ledbury's captain Stuart Hall, a Man Utd fan, scored with a fantastic shot from 35 yards to reduce the defecit to 3-2.

Matty Williams scored another for United just before the end which made the final score of 4-2 look slightly more one-sided than the match was.

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