Jeremy Goss at Aylsham’s Chamberlain Shield presentation night

Former Norwich City football star Jeremy Goss was among representatives of good causes who turned up in Aylsham to share �2,500 raised through a popular and long-established pub-games tournament.

Mr Goss was presented with �400 towards his Back to Bayern cycling marathon appeal in aid of the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind.

One �200 cheque came from the proceeds of the Chamberlain Shield tournament and the other was donated by Aylsham's ex-service and social club, which hosts the shield's annual presentation night.

The tournament was launched in 1964 as the Johnson Shield by the late George Chamberlain, who died in 2005, and his wife Pru. Together they raised more than �60,000 for good causes.

After Mr Chamberlain's death it was renamed the Chamberlain Shield in his honour and carried on by his son Ian and a team of helpers.


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The latest handout evening was the first to be held since the death last August of Ian's mother Pru.

Mr Goss, fundraising manager for the association, gave those gathered a brief talk about his time with Norwich City and details of his 1,300-mile cycle ride to the Olympic stadium in Munich, which was due to get under way yesterday.

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The feat intends to celebrate the spectacular 20-yard volley he scored there in 1993 which set up City's famous UEFA Cup win over the German giants.

The presentation evening also provided another footballing moment of glory with the first-ever Aylsham player of the year award to a girl, Hannah Wright.

Winners in the tournament were: Chamberlain Shield for darts (men): winners Tuesday Ex-Service Club; runner-up Orchard Gardens. Chamberlain Shield (women): winners Ex-Service Club; runner-up Lakesiders, Highest scorer: P Sharp, of Orchard Gardens with 180.

Keymer Shield for darts: winners Heatcraft; runner-up Fisher-Bullen. Billiards: winner I Dennis; runner-up R Steward. Snooker: winner: I Dennis, runner-up G Coldman. Snooker pairs: winners R Powles and M Bradley; runners-up I Dennis and D Moles. Aylsham Football Club Player of the Year: Hannah Wright.

Cheque donations were made to: Royal British Legion and Women's Section �250 each; Addenbrooke Hospital's Ward A5, Poppy Appeal, LAMS (multiple sclerosis day group), Aylsham Band, and Norwich New Stars 98, Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind �200 each; Aylsham Christmas lights appeal, Aylsham Players, Aylsham Football Club, Aylsham in Bloom, Aylsham Legionnaires' Cricketers and Buxton Scouts �100 each.

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