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Hardwicke All-Stars take on Tottenham Hotspur in memory of club legend Rob Dawe

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: August 10, 2014

  • Captains Paul Carter for Hardwicke and John Lacy for Tottenham

  • Hardwicke All-Stars V Tottenham Hotspur

  • Football fans watch on as Hardwicke All-Stars take on Tottenham Hotspur

  • Sue Dawe is presented with a Tottenham Hotspur t-shirt

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FROM Old Trafford to Anfield, between them they have graced some of the finest football grounds in the country.

But this afternoon for the first time, a cross-section of former Tottenham Hotspur players strode out on to a little-known pitch off Green Lane in Hardwicke to play a match in memory of a local footballing legend.

The likes of Graham Roberts, Andy Sinton, Stuart Nethercott, and Kevin Watson took on Hardwicke All-Stars, in a memorial match held to celebrate the life of former club man - and massive Spurs fan - Rob Dawe.

Rob, who was known as Mr Hardwicke Rangers, coached youngsters, showing 20 years of dedication to the club, before passing away in February.

His wife, Sue, founded the youth football club in 1990 – before it went from strength to strength under Rob's stewardship, becoming one of the most active youth sides in the county.

The charity match raised funds for both the youth team Hardwicke Rangers’ and Hardwicke All-stars, with half of the money going to Rob’s chosen charity Comic Relief.

The day kicked off with Tottenham Hotspur team presenting Sue with their t-shirt, followed by the kick off.

Sue said: “A lot of people turned up. Many people in the area loved and respected Rob. He was with the young players all the time, he lived for them.”Despite an 11-2 defeat, those behind the club thought the match was a fitting tribute to Rob.

Mark Carter who plays centre midfield for the senior team , said: “As a big spurs fan, we believed there would be no bigger tribute to Rob than to invite his footballing heroes from White Hart Lane to take part in a match against a Hardwick All-Star team.”

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