In memory of Mike

A special charity match will be held in memory of Mike Keen - the father of West Ham United first-team coach Kevin - on Thursday 15 April.

The fixture will see Kevin Keen's All Star team take on a Wycombe Wanderers Legends team at the Chairboys' Adams Park stadium.

Mike, who died following a short illness in April 2009, was a popular figure in his hometown in Buckinghamshire, managing Wanderers, running a sports shop for more than two decades and helping to form the local youth football leagues.

As a player, he lifted the League Cup and Division Three championship trophy as Queens Park Rangers in 1967, while also helping his son to forge a successful career in the game.

"My Dad passed away on 11 April last year. He played quite a big role in my footballing career, and he's also a big hero at Queens Park Rangers, as he lifted the League Cup for them as captain in 1967 - the only major trophy the club has won.

"Also, he had a further career as manager of Luton Town and Watford and then went back to the town where he had lived his whole life, Wycombe, and was manager there between 1980 and 1984. He won the league and did really well.

"He continued to be involved in youth football around the area and loads of people knew him around there for setting up the youth leagues.

"I have organised a charity game that's being played at Wycombe Wanderers FC on Thursday 15 April, with all the money raised going to Cancer Research. West Ham fans would be interested to hear that Gianfranco has agreed to play, as has Steve, along with Clive, Paul and Martin Allen - I don't know when the last time those three kicked a ball together!

"Malky Mackay, who is now managing Watford and was here for a little while, is playing, as is Teddy Sheringham, so it should be a good night. Any West Ham fans would be more than welcome."

Tickets for the game, priced at £10 each, can be bought from Wycombe Wanderers FC on 01494 441118 or online at