Army FA 2-4 FA Legends
4pm, Saturday 18 May 2013
Madejski Stadium, Reading FC
Stuart Pearce praised the Army FA and a team of FA 'Legends' after their fundraising match at the Madejski Stadium helped raise money for the Armed Forces.
The England Under-21 Head Coach took charge of the Army team for this unique event, which also helped mark The FA's 150th year and the Army FA's 125th anniversary.
The Legends ran out 4-2 victors courtesy of goals from Tore Andre Flo, Kevin Kilbane, Ben Shepherd and Jan Age Fjortoft.
But Pearce reflected proudly on a special day for all involved, with the Royal British Legion and the Team Army Sports Foundation set to benefit from the proceeds.
He said: "Both organisations [The FA and the Army FA] have marked their own special year and underpinning it all is the charitable donations that will be made to two very good causes.
"The Army team were absolutely delighted to be out to there and with the way the game has gone. They played well in parts and did well to score two goals against the talent that was on show.
"I've actually seen them play better than they did today. I think they might have been a touch overawed by who they were up against."
Pearce has long been an avid supporter of the Forces and he reiterated his respect for the work they do both in Britain and abroad.
He added: "I have and The FA has a great deal of respect for the Armed Forces and what they do for this country. It has been a great few weeks for me, culminating in today's performance."
Pearce also thanked the team of Legends for commiting to the cause: "They gave up their time today and that is fantastic.
"It would have been easy for them to turn it down, but they didn't. They showed their support and played a part in a great day."
1 Luke Cairney, 2 Gerwyn Griffiths, 3 Rob Lonorgan, 4 James Poulter, 5 Gavin Greenfield, 8 Barry Riza (C), 9 Sam Agar, 10 Jay Bates, 11 Keith Emmelson, 19 Darren Clarke, 21 Ian Robinson.
Substitutes 13 Daryll Evans, 6 Andrew Cottam, 7 Glen Davidson, 14 Kriss Stephens, 15 Simon Bell, 16 Alexander Wright, 17 Jay Hubbard, 20 Tom Broadbent, 22 Dany Haley, 23 Roberto Cooper-Tomkins.
1 Tony Warner, 4 Matt Le Tissier, 7 Graeme Le Saux, 8 Gareth Southgate (C), 10 Paul Merson, 11 Darren Anderton, 15 Ugo Ehiogu, 18 Danny Mills, 20 Kevin Kilbane, 27 Tore Andre Flo, 30 Gary Neville.
Substitutes 17 Nigel Wiscombe, 2 Jan Age Fjortoft, 5 Chris Kamara, 12 Ben Shepherd, 13 Gaizka Mendieta, 14 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, 19 Graeme Murty, 28 Dietmar Hamann.