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Burnham's Blues Win Charity Derby

Peter Reid, Ian Snodin and John Bishop star in charity game.

Burnham's Blues Win Charity Derby

Andy Burnham's Everton side ran out 2-1 winners in their charity derby clash with Steve Rotherham's Liverpool team at Goodison on Monday.

The Blues and Reds lined up in a charitable contest to raise funds for Whizzkids and Everton in the Community.

Burnham, Labour's Shadow Health Secretary and a lifelong Blue, captained and netted from the penalty spot for an Everton side that included legends such as Peter Reid and Ian Snodin.

A second goal from George Levy gave the home side a lead the visitors couldn't claw back.

Eddie Bishop, the former Tranmere and Chester midfielder and brother of comedian John Bishop, secured a consolation for Liverpool with a penalty late in the game.

Having raised in excess of £10,000 this year for his two charitable causes, Burnham was delighted to seal victory in his latest sporting run-out.

He told evertonfc.com: "A dodgy penalty made it all the sweeter. All the penalties they've had off us down the years, it was nice to be on the receiving end for once.

"To get a goal in front of the Street End was brilliant. I felt the weight of the Club's honour on my shoulders this morning - I didn't want to come here to lose to the red lot. So I made sure the lads knew before the game how much this meant.

Andy Burnham GoalBurnham celebrates his penalty - scored at the Gwladys Street End.

"The lads put everything in and they didn't let me down. We had a great day.

"It was a pleasure to play here and the support the Club has given us has been magnificent. We're raising funds for two great charities in Whizzkids and Everton in the Community. I've been proud to support them this year and this match seals it all."

Steve Rotherham said: "It was a really good run out for everybody. Everybody really enjoyed it - I'm just so disappointed. We were the better side for most of the game but were done by two stupid mistakes at the back.

"But fair play to them. I'm more devastated Andy got on the scoresheet and to see the smirk on his face.

"It is for two fantastic charities in Whizzkids and Everton in the Community. I may be a Liverpool fan, but Everton in the Community is a superb charity that really gets involved locally across Merseyside and anything I can do to help them, I will do."

Roterham's Liverpool side included former players such as Alan Kennedy and John Aldridge, as well as celebrity fans John Bishop and Craig Phillips.

For details of how to donate for the cause, click here.

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