Northampton business owner wins bid to play in star-studded charity football game

Liam Warren will be playing in goal alongside sporting legends for the Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy
Liam Warren will be playing in goal alongside sporting legends for the Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy

The owner of a Northampton security company has won a bid to play alongside sporting legends such as Ben Cohen, Matt Dawson and Allan Lamb at a charity football game in memory of former Saints chairman Leon Barwell this weekend.

Liam Warren, a 33-year-old dad-of-two from Corby, owns NSUK Group, the company that organised security for Northampton’s Alive festival last year.

I’m just really excited to be taking part

Liam Warren

During the inaugural Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy game at Sixfields Stadium this Sunday, he will be playing in goal for the Leon Barwell Legends team - a position he already plays for Spratton FC.

Mr Warren said: “It was great news to hear I had won and I’m really looking forward to it - it’s too early to feel nervous yet.

“I haven’t thought about how it would feel to win, I’m just really excited to be taking part.

“I saw the competition for on the Chron website and the charity is a really good cause too.”

Mr Warren’s two sons, aged nine and 10, will be coming to watch their dad in the big match, which kicks off at 3pm this Sunday (April 12).

Under manager Ian Atkins, Mr Warren’s team will include the likes of former Saints players Ben Cohen, Nick Beal and Tim Rodber, former Cobblers Ray Warburton, Martin Smith and Sean Parrish, and former Northants Cricket legends Mal Loye and Allan Lamb.

The foundation, set up by friends and family of Leon Barwell after he died aged 45 following an 18-month battle with cancer in 2013, aims to send families who are battling with cancer on special trips to create new memories.

Tickets for the game are £10 for adults and £4 for concessions, available from Cobblers and Saints ticket offices, Royal & Derngate box office and via online from: www,ntfc.co.uk.