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2013-05-28T07:37:00 Updated 2015-02-19T00:36:51

Legends roll back the years

Hammers heroes of years gone by rolled back the years as an Ex-West Ham United XI triumphed 6-4 in a charity match for Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.

Iain Dowie netted a hat-trick, while Rob Lee scored twice and Stuart Slater once as the former West Ham stars roared into an early 3-0 lead.

The Great Ormond Street team fought back, but the ex-professionals showed their class to run out winners at the end of an entertaining 90 minutes.

On a night where the famous London hospital was the real winner, a host of former Boleyn Ground favourites returned to east London for a thrilling evening of football.

Managed by Tony Cottee, the Ex-West Ham United XI included Boys of '86 stars Frank McAvennie, Alan Dickens, George Parris and Alan Devonshire, as well as Steve Potts, Martin Allen, Paul Allen, Lee Bowyer, Don Hutchison, Kenny Brown, Ian Pearce,  Allen McKnight, Dowie, Lee and Slater.

McAvennie spent most of last week at the Boleyn Ground, first running his popular annual pitch event before pulling on the claret and blue one more time for Friday's charity match.

"I do my pitch event every year, which runs over three days and it great," he explained. "Then I got to play in the Great Ormond Street, which was for a brilliant cause. I got to run about - I dpn't know how far or for how long, but I went out there and had some fun!

"It was good to see a few of the lads from the 1986 side, so it was good fun."

Great Ormond Street

Julian Dicks took charge of the Great Ormond Street side, which was made up of supporters, with the two teams taking to the pitch to the strains of 'Bubbles' and cheers from friends and family members sitting in the Alpari Stand.

A charity raffle held following the match saw a large funds raised for the charity.

For those who missed out on Friday's match, there are still more opportunities to play on the Boleyn Ground pitch this summer with Football for Fans. An Adults 5-a-side tournament will take place on Sunday 2 June, while West Ham favourite Parris will host his eighth annual Mini-Soccer Children's Tournament on Saturday 15 June.

For further details about both of these events, click here.

Great Ormond Street

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