Former Northampton Saints star signs up for Barwell charity match

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Former Northampton Saints rugby player Ian Hunter is the latest player to sign up for April’s charity football match at Sixfields in aid of the Leon Barwell Foundation.

It is hoped the event will raise thousands for the Foundation, which has been set up by the Barwell family in memory of the former Saints chairman, who died in June 2013, aged 46, following a battle with cancer.

The inaugural Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy match will feature two teams consisting of stars from the Northamptonshire sports scene, with a number of special guests, appearing at the home of the Cobblers on Sunday, April 12, with a kick-off at 
3pm.

Mr Hunter will line-up with former Saints and England team-mates Matt Dawson, Martin Bayfield and Harvey Thorneycroft, along with other local icons such as ex-Cobblers players Ray Warburton and Ian Sampson, and former Northants and England cricketer Devon Malcolm.

“I knew Leon for a very long time and it was a no-brainer when I was asked if I wanted to be involved in the game,” he said. “As former players, it’s good to be able to give something back and support the Leon Barwell Foundation.

“It’s a fantastic charity and hopefully the game will raise awareness and a sizeable amount of money for the cause.”

Tickets for the match can be purchased in person from the Cobblers and the Saints’ ticket offices and online at www.ntfc.co.uk