Triumph at transplant games

Dino Maroudias (right) taking part in the transplant games

Dino Maroudias (right) taking part in the transplant games

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After telecoms company director Dino Maroudias had a kidney transplant in 2007, he thought he’d never play competitive football again.

So when he was asked to join the newly-formed Transport Sport football team, he was over the moon.

Dino, 50, who lives in Lilley, said: “We trained at Leighton United and our first match was at Newport last month.

“We only played 30 minutes each way but how we loved it . . . passing, shooting. scoring.

“It ended in a 4-3 win to us, with a young 13-year-old coming on with two minutes to go to give us the lead.”

The father-of-four, whose brother Andrew gave him a kidney, also had a pancreas transplant in 2012.

Sadly it wasn’t successful and he’s now on the waiting list again.

The Match for Life was organised by Simon Keith, the first person to play professional football following a heart transplant.

It was held to celebrate life after transplantation and to promote organ donation.

> More information at www.transplantsport.org.uk/