Wycombe Wanderers Legends 4-5 Kevin Keen All-Star XI
Mike Keen Charity Cup
Gianfranco Zola, Steve Clarke, Kevin Hitchcock and Alex Dyer pulled on their boots to honour the memory of Mike Keen - the late father of West Ham United first-team coach Kevin - on Thursday evening.
The quintet were joined by ex-Hammers Teddy Sheringham, Tim Breacker, Malky Mackay, Paul Allen, Rob Lee, Martin Allen, Clive Allen and former manager Alan Pardew in helping Keen's side lift the Mike Keen Charity Cup at Wycombe Wanderers FC.
Former Wycombe manager Mike, who passed away a year ago, is a revered figure at Adams Park, and a 1,724-strong crowd turned out to cheer on a Wycombe Wanderers Legends XI against Kevin Keen's All-Star XI, with all proceeds going to Cancer Research UK.
Zola was the evening's star turn, heading narrowly wide before playing a one-two with Sheringham seeing his lob tipped on to the roof of the net by Paul Hyde - a move that led to a chant of "Sign him up!" from the crowd.
Simon Garner - Blackburn Rovers' all-time record goalscorer ahead of Alan Shearer - then passed up a wonderful chance for the Legends, heading Tommy Mooney's cross wide from six yards.
The unmarked Zola then headed Breacker's cross over the top, leading to humorous chants of "You're not very good!" from the stands, and the Legends made him pay seconds later when Mooney side-footed home from close-range on 17 minutes.
It only took four minutes for the West Ham manager to silence the boo-boys, though, showing typically quick feet to cut inside two defenders before rifling a low shot inside Hyde's far post.
Eight minutes later, Zola showed his vision and passing ability to release Sheringham, who rounded the goalkeeper before finishing with ease to put the All-Star XI ahead.
Seconds before the half-time whistle, Keith Ryan rattled the post with a 20-yard effort, but it was Keen's men who went in ahead at the break.
Sheringham made it 3-1 three minutes after the interval, chipping Hyde in typically impudent fashion before Dennis Greene halved the arrears with a sumptuous volley.
Fifty-seven minutes had passed when Zola turned on the style again, slaloming past three defenders before smashing an unstoppable shot into top corner to reinstate the two-goal margin. The manager then turned provider for former Wycombe midfielder Lee, who nut-megged Hyde from 12 yards.
Zola was replaced by Clarke - to a standing ovation - with 25 minutes to go, but not before producing a performance that Mike Keen, Queens Park Rangers' 1967 League Cup-winning captain, would no doubt have greatly admired.
Mooney cut the deficit to 5-3 by stabbing the ball home from six yards, and seconds later he was there to convert Ryan's low cross to set up a grandstand finish, but the All-Stars clung on to secure a narrow victory.
*Highlights and exclusive reaction from the Mike Keen Charity Cup will appear on whufc.com and WHUTV soon.
Wycombe Wanderers Legends: Paul Hyde, Jason Cousins, Keith Ryan, Glyn Creaser, Simon Stapleton, Steve Thompson, Steve Brown, Mo Harkin, Matt Crossley, Tommy Mooney, Simon Garner
Subs used: Mark West, Hakan Hayrettin, Steve Whitby, Andy Baird, Dennis Greene
Kevin Keen All-Star XI: Alec Chamberlain, Tim Breacker, Steve Clarke, Malky Mackay, Phil Parkinson, Alan Pardew, Kevin Keen, Rob Lee, Teddy Sheringham, Gianfranco Zola, Clive Allen
Subs used: Kevin Hitchcock, Alex Dyer, Martin Allen, Gary Waddock, David Oldfield, Paul Allen