The Arthur Cup: Birmingham City to play Solihull Moors in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

Blues will use two different squads for friendlies against Cheltenham Town and Solihull Moors on Tuesday evening (19 July)

Birmingham City will take on Solihull Moors in a pre-season friendly held in memory of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes on Tuesday evening (19 July).

Six-year-old Blues fan Arthur, who was from Solihull, died at the hands of his cruel step-mother and father. His stepmother Emma Tustin was jailed for life - with a minimum of 29 years - after she was found guilty of murder on 3 December. His father, Thomas Hughes was jailed for 21 years after being convicted of his son’s manslaughter.

Tonight’s fixture, which will kick-off 7pm at the ARMCO Arena in Solihull, will see the victors lift The Arthur Cup for the very first time, as the two sides come together to raise funds for children’s charities. It is also confirmed that Blues Head Coach, John Eustace, will be in attendance at the match.

The TV screen shows a tribute to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Cardiff City at St Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium on December 11, 2021 (Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

With a percentage of the ticket price going to the charity, along with all proceeds from the walkout packages being donated, both the NSPCC and Moors Foundation will use the funds for child-specific projects. Junior fans can meet the two clubs’ mascots before the game on the Moors’ AstroTurf, and for a donation of £1, they can take a penalty against Beau and Soli and grab a selfie.

Elsewhere, volunteers from the Moors Foundation will be in the stands collecting donations, and a raffle will take place where supporters can win signed shirts from both sides, as well as hospitality packages for the upcoming season. All proceeds from programme sales will also be shared between the two good causes.

Following the conclusion of the match, the winning team will be presented with The Arthur Cup by Caroline Morgan, fundraising manager at NSPCC Birmingham. Bluenoses are encouraged to bring cash and coins to the game in order to get involved with all the activities taking place.

Visit the Solihull Moors website, here, to book tickets.

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