Alex B
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Stan by your man

Alex B
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21 Nov 2012

Well its been a couple of months since Pedal For Petrov came to an end however the support, the love and the donations are still flooding in.

Sunday saw a good old fashioned game of football prove just that.

A Stan XI took on the Aston Villa Lions and Legends in a match that was born from the Pedal For Petrov dinner back in September, and won in the auction by friends of Gareth Barry, who used to play alongside Stan at Villa.

Gareth himself was in attendance, as was Ashley Young and Lee Hendrie, which just shows how much Stan is thought of by his ex-team mates...not only that, James Morrison of WBA was also there to show his support.

As well as these guys and due to the tireless efforts of Lisa Smith, 2000+ fans filled the ground to show how much they care for Stan. Personally I think there was way more than 2000 as I've spoken to people that were turned away at the gate.

Also in attendance was the man himself, Stan Petrov, who arrived along with his wife Paulina his boys Stiliyan JR and Kristian and his parents.

Having had a late call up to the bench for the game, both Andrew and I knew that Stan had sorted that out...and knew he'd done it to laugh at us trying to keep up with all the ex pros that were on show.

To see him out and about and to see that smile of his meant the world to us and of course the fans too who mobbed the pitch after the game to see him.

Stan came into the dressing room after the game to say thanks to everyone who took part and you could tell how much it meant to him.

As a result of this game, Pedal For petrov has comfortably reached the £100k mark, an amount we could have only dreamed of when we started it all off. We couldn't have done it without the help of all at LLR, the Pedal For Petrov team especially as they were the ones who truely believed in what we were doing.

Hopefully we can keep Pedal For Petrov going to show that our love and support of Stan can continue to help so many others and make sure they get all the help they need to win their fight.