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Former Arsenal, Spurs and Chelsea will star in Woking FC’s charity camp

Woking will host football stars of yesteryear and hopes to attract a number of current Premier League players as boss Alan Dowson’s personal mission to engage with the community reaches new heights.

The event, called WFC Charity Allstars (#wfccharityallstars), will take place at the Laithwaite community stadium on Sunday 24 May and will offer fans the chance to put their skills against the likes of Paul Merson (Arsenal), David Howells (Tottenham ), Marcus Gayle (Wimbledon), Ian Pearce (Blackburn Rovers) and Mick Harford (Luton Town), all for the benefit of four local charities.

Lloyd Wye and Scott Steele have already agreed to play Woking, while Dowson is about to speak to 1991 FA Cup hero Tim Buzaglo and others from the club’s past, while Gareth Hall (Chelsea), Les Ferdinand (QPR) Neil Ruddock (Liverpool), Chris Sutton (Blackburn), Dave Beasant (Wimbledon), Rob Green (West Ham), Glenn Cockerill (Southampton) and Paul Davis (Arsenal) are among others that will hopefully be confirmed soon.

A total of 44 seats will be auctioned to fans via the club’s website at £ 100 each on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment guaranteeing a seat in the day for the four 25-minute games against 44 celebrities / ex the players in what promises to be an exceptional day for all concerned.



Woking FC representatives join manager Alan Dowson and local charity staff to discuss the charity event organized for May 24, 2020
Woking FC representatives join manager Alan Dowson and local charity staff to discuss the charity event organized for May 24, 2020

Parents will have the opportunity to organize their children to hang out with celebrities as a mascot, while entry for fans will be £ 5 for adults and £ 1 for a child up to 16 years old.

The four charities that will benefit from £ 1,100 guaranteed each are Cherry Trees, Emily Ash Trust, Halo Trust and Woking & Sam Beare Hospices & Wellbeing Care.

“It will be a great day when we hope there will be a large crowd,” said Dowson.

“Those celebrity players who don’t know how to play, I’m asking them to come down anyway to get involved and there will be the possibility of selfies. Ray Lewington [Crystal Palace assistant manager] will manage one of the teams and I hope that Gareth Hall, Ian Selley and David Howells can use their connections to try to bring down perhaps a Premier League player from Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs.

“Then there is our Martin Tyler who is playing and there will be many children who can come with their FIFA games to get them signed by Martin.”

Dowson’s determination to involve the community and club building was the driving force behind the event, and he said, “I went to Adrian Withers, my best friend, and said” I had this great idea. ” I usually do football while he takes control of it. The club also bought it.

“We do everything we can for charity. We are doing this with The Lighthouse in Woking and helping them with food and toy donations and the fans are bringing what they can for us and we will deliver it next week.

“But instead of just doing little things, I thought why not make a big hit? Boz [Boz’s Fruit and Veg, Woking] has already sponsored. All the money will go to charity, which is a great thing.

“We want a huge crowd, if possible, with everyone arriving. There are multiple players to add to the list that we already have. Many people have given up on their time to help get this goal off the ground and it will be a great thing for the community. We want it to be a great event because we believe in it. “

Doors are open at 10.30 with various activities for children before the main event.

Details will be posted on the Woking FC website in due course.

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