THOUSANDS of pounds have been raised for a former Manchester United footballer in Urmston.

A charity evening for former striker Phil Chisnall, was held at Urmston Social Club and included ex players from both Manchester City and Manchester United, including Red's legend Denis Law.

Chisnall, 72, played under Matt Busby from 1959 to 1964, before signing for Bill Shankley's Liverpool team.

Chisnall, who also played for Southend United and Stockport County, is credited with being the last player to sign directly from the Reds to the Merseysiders.

Phil, who lives in Urmston, was struck down by a massive stroke last autumn, which confined him to a wheelchair and has affected both his speech and his mobility.

Tony Hogan, who organised the event with fellow members, said: "When he used to come in here, Phil always enjoyed a pint and only after we got clearance from his doctors, did we arrange for him to have a half of Guinness on Friday, which we know went down well with him!"

The event also featured a version of This is Your Life where a variety of films clips were shown of him playing for Manchester United, while lifelong friend and former Southend United player Sammy McMillan recalled past times.

An auction of signed memorabilia was sold and a cheque for £2,000 was presented on behalf of the Association of Former Manchester United Players by its secretary Alan Wardle. The Manchester United Foundation has also agreed to fit a stairlift in Phil's home.

Other players attending included Martin Buchan, Roy Cheetham and the event was hosted by Frank Gallagher and included comedian Billy Bean.

Tony added: "I would like to say a big thank you to everybody who attended and Denis who was still there at midnight.

He told me it was one of the best sporting nights he had ever attended and said he was delighted to see so many local people supporting an ex-professional footballer."