Birmingham City star played in charity football match at Cheddleton

BIRMINGHAM City star Ryan Shotton turned out in a football match at Cheddleton today to raise money for a local charity.

The former Stoke City favourite, who jointly owns the Black Lion pub in the village, assembled a team in memory of Leek CSOB player Kieran Rutter who lost his life in a car crash at Oakamoor in 2015.

The Ryan Shotton XI faced a team selected by Kieran’s dad, Steve, to raise cash for the Kieran Rutter Legacy Fund.

Ryan’s team won 1-0 courtesy of a 44th minute goal scored by former Leek CSOB player Mitch Shenton and the match raised just under £650.

Family and friends have already raised £15,000 for the legacy fund which supports local worthy causes.

Ryan said: “The Leek CSOB lads came to the pub after games and I got to know them, Kieran and his family.

“I am a dad now and I cannot imagine the pain of losing a child and I wanted to help the family out.”

Steve, aged 50, said: “”All of the money raised at the game is going towards Kieran’s charity.

“He {Kieran} loved playing football so it felt right to have a football match in his memory and it was brilliant to have a player like Ryan involved.

“I want to thank Ryan and John Pointon and Sons, in Cheddleton, who sponsored the game.”