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Kent cricketers to don football boots to play in memorial match for former Folkestone FC legend John Tredwell

By Mark Stokes

Sam Northeast is among a host of Kent cricketers who will don football boots to play in a charity match to honour former Folkestone FC legend John Tredwell this weekend.

Tredwell, who died last year aged 74, chalked up more than 1,000 appearances for the old Folkestone Town between 1957 and 1989 and the memorial match has been organised by his son, Kent cricketer James, in conjunction with Folkestone Invicta boss Neil Cugley.

The game takes place at the Fullicks Stadium on Sunday, November 19 (noon kick-off) and will see a Tredders All-Star Kent XI take on a Folkestone Select XI, drawn largely from players who have played under Cugley.

James Tredwell with his parents at Lord's
James Tredwell with his parents at Lord's

Skipper Northeast is expected to be joined by county team-mates Tredwell, Daniel Bell-Drummond, Alex Blake, Adam Riley and Matt Hunn, with former pro footballers Andy Hessenthaler, Ian Hendon, Nicky Southall and Roland Edge helping to bolster the ranks

Among those lined up to play for the opposition are Mo Munden, Tim Dixon, Jeff Ross, Dave Arter, James Dryden, Paul Chambers and Tommy Warrilow.

The team managers are Andy Allon and Dominic Castle, both of whom are well known in local sporting circles, especially in football and cricket.

John Tredwell was renowned as a hard but always fair sportsman. He made his debut for Folkestone Town at 15 and stayed with them until it was wound up by ‘benefactor’ Sidney de Haan 32 years later, during which time he played more than 1,000 games for the Cheriton Road club.

‘Treddy’ also managed Folkestone Reserves for several seasons but is fondly remembered too for his dedicated years of coaching youngsters at Folkestone Cricket Club – among them of course, his son.

John Tredwell played more than 1,000 games for Folkestone Town
John Tredwell played more than 1,000 games for Folkestone Town

He also played cricket for Ashford and Brenzett.

Invicta manager Cugley said: “We want to make a really good day of this for James and his family and it’s a good chance to remember his dad, who many of us knew so well.”

Admission is free, although donations will be taken.

There will also be a raffle, with proceeds being shared between the charities supported by James Tredwell during his testimonial season – Crohn’s and Colitis UK and the PCA Benevolent Fund.

James is keen to hear from anyone who played with or under his father at Folkestone. Email kirsty@treddytestimonial2017.co.uk

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