Football40 draws near

The season may be over but don't get too despondent - there is still the major Football40 event to come this month.

Bring the family along to the London Legends Cup being held at the Boleyn Ground on Sunday 30 May. The tournament will be the launch of Football40, the innovative new format of the eleven-a-side game featuring former greats from West Ham United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

It is the summer event everyone is talking about and the Hammers will be well represented. They will have five former internationals to call upon in the shape of Northern Ireland goalkeeper Allen McKnight and midfielder Steve Lomas, Scotland defender Ray Stewart and midfielder Don Hutchison and England's Robert Lee.

Two-time Hammer of the Year Steve Potts (pictured), Kenny Brown, Scott Minto, Martin Allen, Alan Dickens, Danny Williamson, Geoff Pike, Mark Ward and Steve Jones have also agreed to take part.

Played out over two semi-finals and a final, the tournament matches will last 20 minutes each way and featuring rolling substitutes. This is seen as pivotal to producing top-quality football, with the former players able to operate in short bursts before getting a well-earned break.

Tickets are in demand though so contact the box office now to make sure of your place at the Bank Holiday event at the Boleyn that everyone is talking about.


Scott Parker