Reigate and Banstead 11 to take on a side from Chelsea Football Club

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The soccer aces of Reigate and Banstead's own Mayoral XI football team are to take on a side from Chelsea Football Club (CFC) no less.

For the CFC Foundation Coaching Staff will kick off against the borough side in a charity football match on Sunday, March 23.

Reigate and Banstead mayor Dr Lynne Hack is hosting the match to raise funds for her chosen charities, Surrey Crimestoppers and the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.

The fixture will be celebrating the 150 years' existence in 2013 both of the Football Association (FA) and of Reigate and Redhill as a municipal borough.

The match will take place at Redhill Football Club in Three Arch Road, Redhill, with kick-off at 2pm.

Coun Dr Hack said: “This promises to be a really fun afternoon and I expect we’ll get a good crowd along.”

She said: “There will be a great family atmosphere, so if you’ve not taken your children to a live football match before, this is a good opportunity to introduce them.”

At half-time, children invited from local football clubs will take part in a penalty shoot-out with former England cricketer and local resident Phil Tufnell in goal.

Chelsea’s club mascot, Stamford, will be attending the game.

Coun Dr Hack said: “I’m absolutely delighted that Phil Tufnell has offered to give up his time to be our honorary goalie at half-time, and I’d like to thank our sponsors, JamesDean Estate Agents and Affordable Construction and Plastering Services.

“The team from Chelsea FC may include some retired Chelsea players retained by the club to complete their coaching badges, as well as other coaching staff.”

She added: “For my team, I have invited players from senior clubs within the borough, as well as from Reigate Priory Football Club, one of the oldest clubs in the country.”

Tickets, priced £5 for adults and £3 for children, with under fives free, will be available on the day at the ground from 1pm.

They are also available in advance from the Harlequin Theatre, Redhill, on 01737 276500 or online at: www.harlequintheatre.co.uk

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