• Men United were beaten 4-3 by Leyton Orient Legends in charity match
  • Harry Redknapp and Russell Brand took charge of a Men United team featuring Luther Blissett, Trevor Sinclair and Darren Campbell
  • John Mackie captained an Orient side including Gary Alexander, Kevin Lisbie and Aiden Palmer

Sean Gallagher

Harry Redknapp’s return to management ended in defeat as his Men United side were beaten by a Leyton Orient XI in a charity football match in support of Prostate Cancer UK at the Matchroom stadium on Sunday.

The game, masterminded by car mechanic and Orient youth coach Errol McKellar, who himself suffered from the disease back in 2010, ended in a hard-fought 4-3 victory for the hosts in front of a crowd of 2,900.

Redknapp, joined by West Ham fanatic and comedian Russell Brand, made up the Men United backroom team, with ex-Watford and AC Milan striker Luther Blissett skippering his side, which also included the likes of Trevor Sinclair, rapper Kano, and Olympic sprinters Christian Malcolm and Darren Campbell. 

Harry Redknapp (right) and Russell Brand took charge of a Men United XI vs Leyton Orient legends

Harry Redknapp (right) and Russell Brand took charge of a Men United XI vs Leyton Orient legends

Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh turned out in goal
Walsh uses his body to fend off an attacker

Celebrity builder Tommy Walsh was heroic in goal for Men United at the Matchroom Stadium

John Mackie captained Orient for the day with Gary Alexander, Kevin Lisbie and Aiden Palmer among the names who featured for Martin Ling’s side.

Prior to the game a visibly emotional McKellar spoke passionately about the subject, warning people that they must get themselves checked out straight away if they have any kinds of symptoms linked to the disease.

He said: ‘My wife Sharon was complaining of my snoring so I went for a check up at the doctors and sat in the reception room for 10 minutes as I waited to be called in by the doctor.

‘During that time I picked up a leaflet and started reading about the disease. That 10 minutes changed my life, as I was then diagnosed with Prostate cancer.

‘After my second blood test I was told I had to have my prostrate removed or I could be dead within six months. I now stand here cancer free. 

Brand poses with Orient youth team coach Errol McKellar who organised the game

Brand poses with Orient youth team coach Errol McKellar who organised the game

Brand and McKellar share a laugh ahead of the charity game at the Matchroom Stadium

Brand and McKellar share a laugh ahead of the charity game at the Matchroom Stadium

‘I would not be standing here though if it wasn’t for my wife. I’d like to thank Prostate Cancer UK for giving me the platform to tell my story and send out a message to people.

‘I just want all of you out there to read my story and get yourselves to the doctors if you have any concerns.’

On the field it was one-way traffic in the first half, as Alexander hit a double, with Lee Steele also getting on target for the hosts to put them firmly in the ascendancy. 

TV  stars including Eastenders Jaqueline Jossa
Former TOWIE star Dan Osbourne joined his girlfriend Jossa at the game

TV stars including Eastenders Jaqueline Jossa (left) and her former TOWIE star boyfriend Dan Osbourne were also at the game

Jossa speaks with her boyfriend Osbourne after his team lost the game 4-3 

Jossa speaks with her boyfriend Osbourne after his team lost the game 4-3 

It would have been a far worse scoreline if it wasn’t for the heroics of Men United keeper Tommy Walsh, who pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the score down to 3-0 at the half-way mark.

After the break substitute Lisbie – who left Orient to sign for Barnet on Friday – added a fourth for Ling’s side on the hour mark with an instinctive finish as Men United looked all but beaten.

But former Orient hitman Jamie Cureton hit a quick-fire double for the visitors as they halved the deficit, with Chris Clayton-Smith’s header then setting up a frantic finale, but the hosts hold firm to secure victory.  

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