Manchester City Old Boys’ Manager Commended by Mercian Regiment
Friday 29th January 2016 @ 10:59 by Tom Greggan
Denton & Audenshaw News

A fabulous fundraiser from Haughton Green has been commended by the Mercian Regiment for his efforts.

Derek Partridge has been involved at Manchester City for more than 30 years and is now manager of the Manchester City Old Boys’ team. They hold dinners and play matches to raise money for various charitable causes.

One of those is the Mercian Regiment and at a British Armed Forces Dinner held at Bulford Barracks recently, Derek was invited as a guest of honour alongside City legends Peter Barnes, Tommy Booth and Ian Brightwell.

To his surprise, he was presented with a ‘Commendation of Valuable Service’ by the Regiment.

Derek Partridge Mercian Certificate

Speaking about the service, Derek said: “It was very humbling. When you’ve got over 1,000 soldiers stood up, shouting your name and saying what a great fella you are, it brought tears to my eyes and it’s something which is very, very special to me now.

“We just hope we can carry on doing the good work for local charities and giving something back to society.”

The City Old Boys’s association with the Mercian Regiment started in 2012 when Mercian soldiers played in a match between City’s Old Boys and Greater Manchester Police at Ewen Fields to raise money for the families of policewomen Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone.

Regimental Adjutant, Captain Luke Beetlestone said: “We are extremely grateful for the generous amounts raised by Derek for The Mercian Regiment Benevolent Fund.”

The Manchester City Old Boys’ next big fundraising event will be in June when they play a match at the City Football Academy to raise money for a helipad at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.