Former Cherries and Spurs manager Harry Redknapp was back in the dugout lat night as he managed a local team of non-league footballers against a team from AFC Bournemouth to raise money for Andy Culliford.
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Forget the scoreline – it doesn’t really matter. This was Andy Culliford’s night! Culliford, despite suffering from motor neurone disease, showed he was still capable of demonstrating the deft touch.
Playing for the Cherries in the first half, Culliford was denied from the penalty spot by Jason Harvell. In the second, wearing All Stars colours, he came close flashing the ball just wide of the far post.
The All Stars, buoyed by a pre-match talk by Harry Rednapp, took a two-goal lead as Gosport Borough’s Justin Bennett scored twice in a minute. AFC Bournemouth pulled one back in the dying minutes of the first half.
In the second period Wimborne Town’s Tom Jeffes added the All Stars third, while the Cherries were unlucky enough to twice hit the woodwork.
With just minutes left on the clock Andy Culliford came off to a standing ovation from the 756 fans.