FORMER Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini joined with a team of footballers from his native Italy to take on Sedlescombe’s own sporting stars for a charity kick-about.
The Kits4Kicks event, organised by David Brooks and Bob Stewart, saw Oldan Athletic FC (England) take on Vecchie Glorie FC (Milan), including the last-minute addition of Cudicini.
But despite boasting the former Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and LA Galaxy ace, Vecchie Glorie were no match for the plucky locals, who secured a 4-3 victory over the Italians.
It was a gritty game and spirited win. Oldan Athletic were winning 4-0 after 50 minutes, but Vecchie Glorie came back in the second half.
A trophy, engraved with ‘Battle of Hastings’, was presented to the winners. Oldan Athletic have been invited to Milan to defend the trophy next year.
Donations are still coming in from the game, but the organisers have so far raised almost £2,000 to buy football kits for the Pestalozzi International Village and Sedlescombe Primary School pupils.
Match sponsors included Superstitch, Primesigns, Cafe Nero and Smithy’s Chippy.
The organisers would like to thank Sedlescombe Rangers FC for providing the pitch, Ash Davey for refereeing and Kevin Bedford the linesman, to the players and all the supporters who came along and enjoyed the day.