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Blues legends to play benefit match at St. Andrew's

Posted: Sun 30 Apr 2017

The Club are to stage a special fixture in aid of former player Joey Hutchinson on Saturday, 6 May (kick-off 3pm).

Last year Joey sustained serious spinal injuries after a fall on holiday in Spain. He is paralysed, is a wheelchair user and needs around-the-clock care.

Centre-half Joey, 34, was part of the Blues squad that won promotion to the Premier League in 2002 and played for the Club in the top-flight.

His former team mates are rallying round to try and support Joey and his family.

The team that triumphed in the Play-Offs in the Millennium Stadium, and others from Joey's era 2000 - 2003, are to reform and take on a Joey Hutchinson Select at St. Andrew's.

Trevor Francis - who gave Joey his Blues debut - will manage the side that will include a host of star names, including: Ian Bennett, Kevin Poole, Nicky Eaden, Jerry Gill, Michael Johnson, David Holdsworth, Darren Purse, Martin Grainger, Jon McCarthy, Martin O'Connor, Curtis Woodhouse, Graham Hyde, Dele Adebola, Paul Devlin, Paul Furlong and Geoff Horsfield.

One of Joey's closest friends, Andrew Johnson, will play for both the Blues Millennium Legends and the Joey Hutchinson Select.

Johnson came through the youth ranks at Blues with Joey, whose side will be made up of other Academy players at Blues at that time, the likes of Tresor Luntala, Jacques Williams, Tony Capaldi, Craig Fagan, Jimmy Haarhoff, Chris Ward, Danny Scheppel, Sonny Parker, as well as Darren Carter.

Joey's former Academy director Brian Eastick will take charge of the Joey Hutchinson Select, which is set to include some special showbiz guests, too.

Tickets for the benefit game cost £5 adults and £3 Under-16s with all monies raised going to help provide care for father-of-two Joey and his family. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day by clicking here, calling the ticket office on 0121 772 0101 ext 2 or at the Club Superstore.

Commercial packages for the game are also available, click here for more details.

A JustGiving page has been set up for Joey where people can pledge donations and support.

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Joey made his Blues debut in a 3-0 League Cup win at Bristol Rovers on 11 September 2001. He then came on as half-time substitute at Maine Road when Blues took on Manchester City four days later.

After Blues gained promotion, Joey remained part of the squad and was called up by Steve Bruce for Blues Premier League match at Leeds United on New Year's Day 2003 and also played at Fulham in the FA Cup.

After leaving Blues, Joey had spells at Darlington and York City before working as a senior welding inspector.