Army FA v FA Legends
4pm, Saturday 18 May 2013
Madejski Stadium, Reading FC
Tickets are on sale via www.ArmyFA125.com
Former Chelsea star Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has spoken of his delight to be involved in this weekend’s the Army FA v FA Legends match at Reading’s Madejski Stadium.
The ex-Netherlands striker was talking to TheFA.com ahead of Saturday's fundraiser, the two-time Premier League Golden Boot winner said he could not wait to get back onto the pitch, despite being somewhat unsure of his fitness levels - compared to those of his opponents.
“It’s nice to be playing again,” he said. “I haven’t played for a while so we will have to see how the legs are going.”
Asked if he thinks experience and professional pride will prevail over youthful energy and physical fitness, Hasselbaink laughed and said: “It all depends how fit they are, and how fast they can run! I’m sure the Army team are quite fit, but let’s hope they’re not too fit!”
The game will be played in support of two Armed Forces charities, with all money raised going to the Team Army Sports Foundation and The Royal British Legion. Each organisation provides vital support to servicemen and women at home and abroad.
The Team Army Sports Foundation supports a wide range of Army sports, including Army football; it also supports charities that offer sporting opportunities for injured soldiers.
Hasselbaink added how proud he was to be involved in such a worthwhile organisation. “They are both such great causes – we all need them, they do an amazing job and if we can help them in any way it will be great. So we need all the support.
“Come down. You will definitely see a competitive match – all those names, they don’t like losing. So come and support the occasion!”
The former Chelsea, Leeds United, Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and Charlton Athletic hit man will line up against some prestigious names of yesteryear – including a number of former Blues and Boro colleagues.
In Roy Hodgson’s FA Legends side will be Graeme Le Saux, Tore André Flo, Gary Neville, Gareth Southgate, Matt Le Tissier, Paul Merson, Chris Kamara and many more.
The 41-year-old said: “It will be nice to see some familiar faces. It’s great to see some faces from the past as well; people who I’ve played with and against – but the best thing is just to be back playing football.
“I think everybody is going to be looking forward to it, it’s going to be a giggle. It will be great to see everybody and it will be good to play for The FA.”
Tickets are on sale now so visit www.ArmyFA125.com, contact the Reading FC on 0844 249 1871 or visit the Ticket Office in person to purchase your tickets.
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