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Match-stick of the day! Wolves fan makes model stadium

The 71-year-old hopes the ‘Matchstick Molineux’ will raise some money for prostate cancer charities.

A retired accountant has spent more than 500 hours making a scale model of a football stadium from materials such as matchsticks.

Chris Jepson, a life-long Wolverhampton Wanderers fan, began creating the model of the old Molineux ground in October 2016 and managed to finish it in time for their promotion to the Premier League.

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The 71-year-old hopes to display the model at the club’s official museum before auctioning it off for a prostate cancer charity.

Mr Jepson said it had always been on his bucket list to once again build the old stadium – which he finally completed using matchsticks, coffee stirrers, rabbit hutch wire and other everyday items.

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Despite his work being labelled the “Matchstick Molineux”, he has said there is more to the model than that.

Mr Jepson said: “I always loved the old stadium, there was something about it which was magic to me.

“Being a long-suffering Wolves fan, it’s always been something I’ve had on my bucket list to do – to build a stadium that looked like it did in the old days.

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“I made it because I wanted to make it, but I didn’t make it for myself. One of the ideas behind it was, once I’d made it, it would finish up in the home of a loving Wolves fan that would appreciate it or perhaps even in the Wolves museum.”

Speaking of his motivation for building the model, Mr Jepson added: “I’ve been a long-suffering prostate cancer patient, been through lots of procedures and operations over the years, and it would be a little bit of a way of giving something back to either the National Health or to prostate cancer research.”

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Ipswich Town – Sky Bet Championship – Molineux

Mr Jepson, from Kidderminster, said he had set up a meeting with the club after they expressed an interest in the model being shown in the museum.

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