A Testimonial match in aid of former Mottisfont striker Michael Jackson was attended by more than 600 spectators at Winchester City's ground last Saturday.

Two teams, drawn from his former colleagues at several Hampshire clubs, played in the match and provided some good entertainment.

It's estimated that ticket sales and the proceeds from a raffle and post-match auction of football memorabilia will have raised almost £5,000 to assist the 26 year old.

Jackson, who lives in Romsey, suffered a multiple fracture of his leg in a Sunday match earlier this year and he's now unable to work.

He's had a series of operations, but is unlikely to ever walk properly again.

Presently he's walking with a splint on his ankle while further efforts are made to improve his mobility.

He says Saturday's day at Winchester has given him a massive lift.

"I'm so grateful to all the organisers at Winchester City and to everyone who turned up to play or watch," he said.

"I couldn't believe the number of people who came along - it was fantastic. And it was wonderful to catch up with so many old friends from local football circles."

The match itself was a closely contested one with the sides split as near as possible into an under 30s managed by Ian Robinson (Lymington & New Milton) taking on an over 30s side managed by Steve Tate (Winchester City). There was some quality football played throughout with plenty of goalmouth incidents but surprisingly no goals until the final ten minutes when the under-30s scored twice through a penalty converted by Mike Hookway, followed by a deflected shot by Danny Smith.

The match was played in a good spirit but was competitive and entertaining.

While 'Jacko' is obviously devastated by an injury that has finished his promising career in football, he is extremely grateful to everyone who has rallied round to support him. An event of this nature has not only helped him financially but has shown just what friends are for.