VIDEO: Chelsea legend Ron “Chopper” Harris supports charity football match

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Chelsea footballing legend Ron “Chopper” Harris was in Bedford at the weekend to lend his support to a charity football match.

The game, organised by Daniel Stutz, featured veteran players from the Putnoe and London Road area and was held at Bedford Academy, Mile Road on Saturday.

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Daniel said all the players were old friends who used to play regularly in their teens and early 20s.

He said: “The idea of getting the lads back together for a charity match came from Matthew Swaine. As I was organising the match, I invited former Chelsea player Ron Harris to come along on social media, and he agreed.”

He added: “The game ended 1-1 but Putnoe won 4-1 on penalties.”

The victorious Putnoe side were presented a trophy by the Chelsea legend, who accompanied the players to The Bull pub, in London Road.

There he signed autographs and helped auction off footballing memorabilia, some of which he had donated.

Daniel said the event raised about £1,000 for Cancer Research UK.

Ron Harris earned the nickname Chopper playing for Chelsea in the 1960s and 70s after getting a reputation as an uncompromising defender.