A line-up of football greats which would strike fear into the hearts of any opponents are uniting to make seriously ill youngsters' wishes come true.

Legendary Chelsea hard man Ron 'Chopper' Harris will join the likes of ex-Spurs keeper Pat Jennings and former Manchester United manager Tommy Docherty for a fundraising night at the Pope John Centre, in Heston, next month.

Chelsea trio John Hollins, Bobby Tambling and Pat Nevin complete the star-studded list of former footballers, with ex-Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher on hand to ensure they behave.

All seven will reminisce about their time in the game before taking questions at the venue, in The Green, Heston, on February 28, from 7pm. There will also be a raffle and an auction of football memorabilia, including a signed Chelsea shirt and Manchester United ball.

Profits from the evening will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation UK, which grants the wishes of children battling life-threatening conditions.

Pat Jennings
 

The event has been organised by John Corbett, who lives in Wheatlands, Heston, and works for the freight company GCS in Colnbrook.

"As a father of three girls I wanted to support Make-A-Wish because what they do for young people is amazing," said the 44-year-old, who also has a one-month old grandson.

"When I read the stories on its website I had tears in my eyes and I knew I had to do something, so I called a friend who knew Ron Harris and started getting together a group of legends from the game."

* To book tickets for the event, priced £15, call Mr Corbett on 0780 8961 374 or email John@gcslondon.com. You can also call the Pope John Centre on 020 8574 5411.

* Confirmed sponsors for the evening are Foran Construction, B Post International (UK) Ltd and DBK Estate Agents. Mr Corbett is looking for one more sponsor.