More than a thousand spectators saw a host of sporting heroes dust off their football boots for a charity match in memory of a Northampton rugby legend.
Question of Sport team captain and former Saints rugby ace Matt Dawson was among the stars to take to the pitch at Sixfields this afternoon for the Leon Barwell Foundation Trophy match.
The game, which saw the Leon Barwell Allstars line up against the Leon Barwell Legends, finished 4-4 with former Cobbler Neil Grayson claiming man of the match for his hat-trick performance for the Allstars.
The end-to-end match provided some standout moments - in particular when England rugby ace Ben Cohen slid a pass through for his 43-year-old fellow world cup winning team mate Mike Catt to score for the Legends in the second half.
But wife of former Saints chairman Leon, Paula Barwell, said the event will have raised thousands of pounds to give families battling cancer a chance to create new memories.
She said: “I’m very happy with today, we are really pleased.
“It was a great turn out, it was great fun and there was a great atmosphere.
“I’m glad it ended a draw, both teams played so well.”
The Leon Barwell Foundation was launched last year in memory of Leon, who died of cancer aged 45, in June 2013.
The foundation now aims to fund short holidays and trips for families in Northamptonshire who are dealing with a similar situation.
Former Saints scrum-half Matt Dawson failed to get on the score sheet today and pulled up with a slight injury in the first half, but the Question of Sport team captain enjoyed the occasion.
“It was lovely,” he said.
“It was great to just hang out with some of my old mates and see plenty of people turn out for a fantastic charity.”
And Mike Catt, who claimed to have limited footballing experience before today’s match proved a surprisingly effective winger.
The South African born rugby player said: “I just wished my legs could have held out a little bit longer, but it was great fun, we are all still sportsmen through and through.
“In the second half I think we had about 17 players on the pitch.”
Among the stars taking to the pitch today were former Cobblers captain Ray Warburton, cricket legend Allan Lamb and former England winger Jason Robinson, who still showed an impressive turn of pace aged 40.
But among the stars business owner Liam Warren, from Corby, enjoyed his stint in goal for the Legends team, having won a competition to take part in the match.
The 33-year-old, who plays in the reserves for a football club in Spratton, even made two vital stops in the first half.
He said: “I think saving a shot from Jason Robinson was a real highlight.
“He might have been a rugby player, but he can still move and he was a world cup winner.”
There is still a chance to donate to the Leon Barwell Foundation Trust event bytexting goal12£5 to 70070.