FRIENDS of a Wall Heath football fanatic who died suddenly have organised a charity match in his name.

Funds raised from the match will be used to buy a memorial bench for James Lakin, who died in his sleep in June 2012, aged 38.

James, a keen West Bromwich Albion fan, who used to play for Wall Heath's Prince Albert FC, had moved to Phuket, Thailand, in 2003.

After his death, his ashes were brought home and scattered in the grounds of Himley Hall where the bench will be placed.

The match will kick off at 3pm at Swindon Cricket Club, Hinksford Lane, on July 19, where the Prince Legends will take on All Star XI, which for a £5 donation anyone that attends can play for.

James' friend and manager of All Star XI, Adam Alsop, of Wordsley, said Baggies legend Bob Taylor has confirmed he will be in attendance to sign any memorabilia.

Mr Alsop added: "When the game has finished and the presentations have been made for man of the match and the winning team, all the players and supporters are being accommodated at the Horse and Jockey pub in Wall Heath.

"We'll have various fundraising activities along with three local bands that will be playing for free and a BBQ and bouncy castle for the kids."

The event at the High Street pub will start at 5.30pm.