REMF GAME 2015!!
By brighton1973, Apr 17 2015 07:10PM
A team of fundraising footballers have been given a glimpse of life as a professional as they prepare annual match commemorating the life of a Brighton and Hove Albion fan killed in 9/11.
Players from the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF) were invited to the Seagulls’ state-of-the-art training ground in Lancing for a series of training sessions ahead of their game with Crystal Palace supporters.
And they are being put through their paces by none other than Albion chief executive Paul Barber, who has volunteered to manage the team when they play the Eagles at Lewes FC’s Dripping Pan ground on Friday, April 24.
Some of the players were also interviewed by the club’s media team for a video which has been played at the Amex before recent home games.
Kick-off for the charity match is 7.45pmand Albion legend Peter Ward will line up alongside the supporters, as will former Brighton star Ricky Marlowe.
Robert Eaton was an avid Albion fan who was tragically killed during the 9/11terrorist attack on his adopted home of New York.
In the years since, the REMF has raised more than £120,000 in his name – with grants given to junior football clubs both in the UK and in New York, a host of football-related charity projects in Africa and a variety of schemes designed at helping young people of all backgrounds enjoy football. For example, the charity sponsors the Albion’s thriving powerchair football team, providing them with equipment, kit and financial support.
Entrance to the match is £5 for adults, £2 for under-16s (or free if accompanied by an adult).
Before then though the REMF squad, who have each been raising sponsorship to take part in the match, still have one more training session.
Right-back Sam Wilson, who usually plays for the evocatively-named Hassocks Fatboys Reserves in Division 5 of the local Sunday league, said: “It's an amazing facility and the club are being very supportive in letting us train there.
“Paul Barber has been very hands-on as this year's manager and all credit to him for that; there can't be many chief executives of a professional club that would be running round in a tracksuit training a team for a charity match.
“Even though it's only a few sessions, I'm certainly going to miss being put through my paces at a multi-million pound venue. It makes you feel a bit like an actual footballer.”
The REMF squad can be sponsored online at: www.justgiving.com/REMF2015.