Letchworth Garden City Eagles versus Baldock Town – in Nepal! Bygrave volunteers take donated football kit to earthquake-hit village

Mark Goddard, far left, with the two teams after the 'Letchworth Garden City Eagles v. Baldock Town'

Mark Goddard, far left, with the two teams after the 'Letchworth Garden City Eagles v. Baldock Town' match in Nepal. - Credit: Archant

Letchworth Garden City Eagles versus Baldock Town is a football game you may be used to seeing – but it’s now set to be a regular fixture in Nepal after a donation of kit to children in an earthquake-hit village.

Action during the 'Letchworth Garden City Eagles v. Baldock Town' match in Nepal.

Action during the 'Letchworth Garden City Eagles v. Baldock Town' match in Nepal. - Credit: Archant

Mark Goddard, from Bygrave, took the gear to the village of Changunarayan when he and his wife Claire, mum Stephanie Pettengell and 11-year-old son Tom were there volunteering with the Kay Garnay for Nepal initiative.

And the inaugural Letchworth–Baldock match in Nepal ended with a 4-2 win for Baldock – but not before a missed penalty and a cow invading the pitch during the second half.

“We built some shelters out there last time, so we thought we’d try to continue that – and we also set up a football match between the village’s two schools,” Mark told the Comet.

Action during the 'Letchworth Garden City Eagles v. Baldock Town' match in Nepal.

Action during the 'Letchworth Garden City Eagles v. Baldock Town' match in Nepal. - Credit: Archant

“It was fantastic. The schools had never played against each other – and afterwards they were already setting up the next game.”


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Tom, who goes to Knights Templar School – like his dad Mark and nan Stephanie before him – played for Baldock just like at home, and scored a left-footed volley from a corner.

It wasn’t all football during the week-long trip, though – among other things Stephanie taught a class of women how to quilt.

Tom Goddard with 'Baldock Town' teammates in Nepal.

Tom Goddard with 'Baldock Town' teammates in Nepal. - Credit: Archant

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To find out more about Kay Garnay for Nepal see kaygarnay.org.

Members of the Changunarayan sewing group with Mark Goddard's mum Stephanie Pettengell, far right.

Members of the Changunarayan sewing group with Mark Goddard's mum Stephanie Pettengell, far right. - Credit: Archant

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