Keen grateful for support

Kevin Keen has thanked the players, backroom staff and supporters who made the charity match held in honour of his late father Mike such a success.

More than 1,700 fans turned out to cheer on the likes of West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola, Steve Clarke, Alex Dyer, Kevin Hitchcock, Teddy Sheringham, Paul, Martin and Clive Allen, Malky Mackay and Alan Pardew at Wycombe Wanderers FC on Thursday evening.

Zola scored two sublime goals in a 5-4 victory for Keen's All-Star XI over the Wycombe Wanderers Legends, for whom Tommy Mooney netted a hat-trick, to lift the Mike Keen Charity Cup.

Thousands of pounds were raised for Cancer Research UK in memory of Mike, the former Wycombe manager who passed away a year ago. A memorable evening was capped when Keen was presented with the trophy by his brother, also named Mike.

"I think it was a fantastic tribute. Some of the goals were really special goals and, if my Dad was up there, he'd have been standing there clapping the skill that went into them.

"We had a really good turn out and I'm really pleased. Some of the fans turned out to show respect to my Dad, some came along to see the stars that came along and some behind the goal had come along to watch their old favourites like Tommy Mooney, and it was fantastic that he scored a hat-trick.

"There were some magnificent goals and I couldn't have asked for any more - Teddy's little chip and Gianfranco's couple of dribbles and finishes and then Dennis Greene's volley was the goal of the game for me."

Keen, like many of those who have seen Zola in training since his arrival at the Boleyn Ground, believes his boss could still cut it at the highest level, albeit not for a full 90 minutes.

"He could certainly play for ten or 15 minutes in the top-flight, and I often tell him that, but obviously he's moved to the coaching side now. There were a lot of coaches and managers in the dressing room all talking about different things, but it was nice to put the boots on, forget about all that, and play some football."

The first-team coach admitted the evening had been an emotional one for him and his family, but one he had thoroughly enjoyed.

"It was emotional, but I felt quite relaxed and I'm just happy that the night went really, really well. It was special to receive the cup from my brother, so that was a nice moment. The respect that the players showed me at the end touched me, certainly."

The only thing missing from an unforgettable evening was a goal for Keen himself. In typical fashion, the former Hammers winger chose to lay opportunities on for his team-mates instead of shooting.

"It was very typical and I'm sure my wife will have a go at me. I had my little dribble and cut inside and should have shot on my left foot, but I passed it instead. It sums up my career, really!"