McMinn Benefit Latest

Last updated : 28 October 2005 By The Rambler

Derby County’s Pride Park Stadium will host a benefit match for Rams legend Ted McMinn next May.

The match, on May 1, will feature a Glasgow Rangers ‘Nine-In-A-Row’ team against a Derby County select side including Rams heroes and guest star players.

Former Derby favourites who have already confirmed they will be ready to pull on a Rams shirt again include Kevin Hector, Peter Shilton, Mark Wright and Roger Davies. Ex-Rams boss Arthur Cox will manage the Derby County side.

Ally McCoist will feature for Rangers, alongside a host of players who formed part of the historic record-equalling nine-in-a-row Scottish Championship side which won consecutive titles from 1988-89 to 1996-97. ex-Gers already lined up to play alongside McCoist include Brian Laudrup, Richard Gough, Andy Goram and Mark Hateley.

Forty-three-year-old Ted, known affectionately to Rams fans as the Tin Man, was a popular player during his five-year spell with the club. He made 137 starts with a further 16 appearances as a substitute after joining Derby in February 1988 from Seville, and added 14 goals.

Ted has lived in Derby for the past 18 years and now works as a football pundit and co-commentator for BBC Radio Derby. He is currently recovering from a major operation, three weeks ago, which saw the removal of his right leg four inches below the knee.

The match will take place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 1, with a 3pm kick-off. Tickets will be priced at £10 for adults and £5 for supporters aged 16 and under and 60 and over.

Derby County chairman John Sleightholme said: “Ted was a hugely popular player during his time with the Rams and we are delighted to be able to host such an event.

“Such a game has widespread support from fans and within the club but we felt it appropriate only to progress such an idea after we had sat down to discuss it with Ted. We were mindful that a period of recovery was required after Ted’s operation and we needed to ensure he was supportive of the idea before arrangements were made.”

Ted said: “I’ve been touched by the messages of support I have received over the past few months and humbled that such an event is taking place.

“I was proud to play for the Rams and the club continues to play a big part in my life so I am honoured that Derby County is willing to help stage this game.

“Due to my operation, it is unlikely that I will be able to take on any kind of full-time work in the near future so the planning of this event will give me something to focus on over the coming months.”

To form his benefit committee, Ted has invitedformer Derbyshire cricketer and commercial consultant Colin Tunnicliffe (chairman), accountant Bill Williams, Derby County operations director Paul Clouting and joint chair of the Derby County Supporters’ Club Toby Sills.