The Robert Eaton Memorial Fund

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Each year the supporters of Brighton and Hove Albion face off against fans of their arch rivals Crystal Palace in the REMF Challenge Match.

 

Usually close games and always played in the best spirit, the matches have become a popular fixture - regularly drawing crowds upwards of 300-400.

 

The games have been held at venues across Sussex, including the Albion's former home at Withdean, with Lewes FC's Dripping Pan ground now established as its usual venue.

 

Although the fixture is aimed at supporters, there have been some high profile former professionals including in the line-ups over the years, such as Albion legend Peter Ward, Robert Eaton's favourite player Ricky Marlow, one-time Palace and Brighton midfielder Simon Rodger, Peter Taylor and ex-Albion captain Paul Rogers.

 

Each year a member of Robert's family attends to present the trophies and tens of thousands of pounds have been raised through player sponsorship and gate receipts.

 

The match is generally held in April. More details of next year's game will be advertised when known.

Challenge Match