Published: 10:49, 17 July 2021
| Updated: 10:52, 17 July 2021
Two local football greats will be remembered in a memorial match at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium tomorrow.
A Maidstone and Mid Kent Sunday Football League representative team are getting together in memory of committee members Mick Filmer and Ted Towner, who died earlier this year.
They will play a side made up of family and friends to raise funds for Heart of Kent Hospice and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.
The rep side is made up of players from clubs including White Horse Jaguars, Minter, Coxheath, Vinters, Invicta Gold Stars, Invicta Sunday FC, Park Royal, K Sports Express, Larkfield & New Hythe, Sands United FC Kent and Barming Blues.
There will also be an unveiling of two memorial bricks at the stadium to pay tribute to the service both men gave to local grassroots football.
Organiser Richard Filmer said: “This is going to be a very fitting tribute to two Sunday League greats who contributed so much to the game at a local level and inspired many players.
"Whilst the excitement of the Euros is still fresh, we would love to see local families come along to watch what will be a thrilling game and to help raise funds for two charities which were very dear to both Mick and Ted.”
Heart of Kent Hospice will be bringing along one of the sculptures – Elmer Armstrong, part of Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade.
There will be parade souvenir guides, maps and Elmer raffle tickets available to buy.
Leroy Bradley, partner at match sponsors Gullands Solicitors, said: “We are delighted to be back at the Gallagher Stadium and helping raise money for two great local charities in memory of Mick and Ted.
"Local football teams are the lifeblood of many communities and we would love to encourage more young players to take part and play local.”
Gates open at 1pm tomorrow (Sunday) with kick-off at 2pm. Entry is £5 adults while under-18s go free.