Horsham FC legends to take on fans

John Kirby is set to don a Horsham FC shirt once again
John Kirby is set to don a Horsham FC shirt once again

Horsham legends such as Eddie French and John Kirby will once again don green and amber for a special Gary Charman XI v fans charity match.

Two years ago the club held an Eddie French Select XI verses fans’ team Horsham 1881, and with the return of another hero in Charman, supporters have organised a similar game next month.

The match will be used to raise money for Horsham Independent Supporters Club’s (HISC) regular charity Strawford, and there is even the chance to win a place on Charman’s team.

Sean Bravery, HISC chairman and Horsham 1881 manager said: “After the success of the Eddie French game, a couple of seasons ago, we jumped at the opportunity of bringing together former players to turn out, once again, in the green and amber.

“The added bonus of raising some much needed funds for a local charity continues the work that HISC have been performing for ten seasons now.”

The match takes place on Sunday August 12 at The Holbrook Club, Horsham. Doors open at 12.30pm with the match kicking off at 2pm.

Admission is free but there will be a collection before, during and after the game on behalf of the Strawford Centre, which helps adults with learning difficulties as well as adults with profound and complex needs.

So far confirmed former players include Eddie French, John Kirby, Russell Eldridge, John Westcott, Ian Chatfield, James Bird and Stuart Hardy.

Further names are set to be announced on www.hornetsreview.co.uk in the run-up.

There will even be the chance to play alongside Charman, who returned to Horsham following a year at Eastbourne Borough. Raffle tickets are £5 and are available through Hornets review. There will also be skittles for the children and a barbecue on the day.

Organisers hope for similar success to the Eddie French testimonial, where legends like Lee Carney turned out.