A once in a lifetime opportunity to remember something special brought together a gathering of footballers from 11 different countries to prepare for, play out, and support a friendly match against a local village side.
Cottered Chairman, Alan Chamberlain brought his team over to take on the Rest of The World and it was a classic mix of think Global and Act Local. (Friends of the Earth motto).
Chicken Dave and Alan swapping shirts.
Will with World Cup Willy and Grace with the Jewels Rhyming Trophy
Of course with players from all over the world to choose from The Rest of The World ran out winners but only by the narrowest of margins 2 – 1.
Replicating the World Cup Final of 1966 the red shirted players from the farm conceded first and then went on to equalise thanks to Guillame and the winning goal came from Dejan shortly before half time.
The International Team’s goalscorers working in tandem.
Guilliame and Man of the Match Dejan
Resisting a lot of pressure in the second half and defending the smaller goal the reds held on to a welcome victory in a match played in the best possible spirit.
Even Pickles lookalikes were amongst the WAGs (Wives and Girlfriends) on the sidelines and for those of you who didn’t know Pickles was the name of the dog who recovered the World Cup when it had been stolen from an exhibition.
Pickles (Sid) in a remake of the search for the World Cup
This exhibition of football with an age range of over fifty years from youngest to oldest had strong defensive work from butcher Chris, who didn’t live up to his occupation, alongside the French connection of Theo and Antoine, creative attacking play from Will and Grace aided by the winged wonder Archie and all held together by good team play in the middle of the park from our Argentinian maestro Javier, (No hand of God on this occasion) it was perhaps though the game of the century on the Farm with many thanks to all who got involved one way or another including seamstresses, charity shops, supporters, organisers, farmers and of course the players themselves.
The International Team
Well done England and the Rest of the World, especially Ireland, (Paul) and a huge thank you to Cottered FC for being such good sports.
Her Majesty the Queen was on other business and so Princesses Su and Emily presented the trophy and the teams are pictured below in front of the Royal Tractor.
Bobby Moore (Grace) with the World Cup Mascot and Trophy
N.B. Proceeds from the Quiz raised over £120 and this money will go towards replacing the damaged goal posts at Ardeley St Lawrence Primary School who are training up the next England World Cup winning squad with help from Stevenage Borough. This scheme will also be supporting numeracy and literacy skills at the school.
Grace presenting Pauline and our French visitors with a different style Jules Rimet Trophy
Thanks to the teams from Wood End, St Martins Wood School in Stevenage who ran out the winners and everyone who helped us enjoy the evening and raise some funds.
“They think it’s all over…. It is now.”
Commentator Kenneth Wolstenholme who also flew 100 missions as a WWII pilot!
They think it’s all over……it is now.
Cottered and The International Team and the famous Coq au Biere Trophy
with World Cup Mascot, Larry The Lion and Grace (Captain for the day).
Thank you to:
Tim: Wembley Owner
Grace: International Team Manager
Alan: Cottered Team Manager
Aimee: Photographer and Numberer
Javier: Shirt Supplier
Paul: International Liason
The Players: For playing
The Supporters: For supporting
The Sun: For shining on us