Wealdstone FC fans have helped to raise more than £40,000 in a two month bid to turn their club's fortunes around.

Another two successful fundraisers over the bank holiday weekend have pushed the non-league side closer to club chairman, Howard Krais, first benchmark of £60,000.

The supporters club hosted a dinner to celebrate its 50th anniversary on Sunday, while a unique legends match on Monday also proved to be a hit with the fans.

More than 250 supporters were at the Hilton in Watford on Sunday for the dinner, which welcomed back guest speaker Stuart Pearce.

The ex-England international and current under-21 boss was presented with a framed collage of memorabilia containing match programme's from his first and last game for Wealdstone.

Supporters club chairman David Albert was delighted with the turnout on Sunday and believes the event has raised more than £5,000 for the club.

He said: "It was a fantastic night and everyone really enjoyed themselves. It was great to have Stuart attend because he is such a legend in the eyes of Wealdstone supporters.

"It was the first time I had met him on a one to one basis and he is a really down to earth guy. What you see is what you get with Stuart and it's great that someone with so many important commitments takes time out to help his old club."

On Monday, 14 Wealdstone footballers from years gone by took to the pitch at the club's new home in Ruislip for a charity match with fans.

Supporters bid anything from £50 to get the chance to play alongside their heroes with the 14 lucky winners being drawn from a hat.

The players were mixed together and the game was tied 4-4.

Organiser of the event, Roger Slater, has been heavily involved with the club for nearly 20 years and now sponsors the side.

He said: "It was the first time we had brought former Wealdstone stars together with fans and it was a great success. Some of the fans were better than we thought and the old players have certainly still got the old spark about them. It is definitely something we would like to do again, and it was great to see people in the bar afterwards knowing that for the first time in a long time, revenue from that will go back into the club."

Mr Slater hopes the event raised in the region of £1,000.