Star puts unique Stoke City shirt under hammer for NHS



Liam Lawrence has pulled one of his most treasured Stoke City shirts out of his collection in a bid to raise money for the NHS.

The former Stoke midfielder is working with the club’s Community Trust to put a his match-worn signed shirt from Andy Wilkinson’s testimonial up for auction.

It has been signed by all the favourites who featured that night back in 2016.

Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross has also put a signed match-worn shirt up for auction – and you can join the bidding for both, here.

The Community Trust is selling items from players past and present to help the University Hospitals of North Midlands; the Royal Stoke and County Hospital, Stafford.

Stoke players have been donating to hospitals or helping how they can through the coronavirus crisis while Denise Coates donated £10m to the UHNM via her foundation.

Some of the most popular names in the past couple of decades returned to the Potteries for Wilkinson’s testimonial match – with Wilkinson himself scoring the final goal in a 3-3 draw from the penalty spot.

Martin Spinks wrote at the time: “There are already reports of birds scattering from nearby trees and babies in neighbouring houses starting to cry with tears of joy. It was the moment, the seismic moment, when at long, long last HE finally did it.

“After 14 years, seven months and nearly 87 minutes, Andy Wilkinson finally scored his maiden goal for Stoke City.And just because it was his big night, his testimonial, we’ll have no accusations of collusion among his old team-mates or a turning of blind eyes by some generously bribed officials.

“Referee Phil Dowd already had his whistle in his mouth, you suspect, when young Liam Edwards somehow managed to wrestle Phil Bardsley to the ground.

“And Wilko, having just returned to the action from the touchline, duly rolled the subsequent penalty to Carlo Nash’s left to leave the goalkeeper diving in suitable instalments in front of a joyous Boothen End.

“Fans, substitutes and stewards invaded the pitch to mob their man and the game was brought to a premature and natural conclusion.”

To join the auction click here.

Team Wilko: Simonsen (Alcock, 81), Wilkinson (Bardsley, 4), Dickinson (Eustace, 78), Higginbotham (Hill, 60), Faye (Zakuani, 60), Lawrence (Paterson, 21), Delap (Lecygne, 72), Whitehead (Etherington, 78), Cresswell (Wilkinson, 85), Sidibe (Pugh, 60), Fuller (Stein, 70). Subs: Gyollai, Walters.

Scorers: Cresswell (23, 30), Wilkinson (pen, 87).

Team Hughes: Bachmann (Nash, 51), Hoefkens (Banks, 60), Shotton (Edwards, 64), Upson (Waddington, 64), Griffin (Taylor, 60), Odemwingie (Telford, 51), Henry (Shenton, 51), Moult, Beattie (Iwelumo, 37), (Abdallah, 60), Kitson (Choulay, 51), Crouch (Molina, 53).

Scorers: Crouch (12), Telford (59), Abdallah (80).

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Attendance: 16,254





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