Football and cricket join for Tredders
Football and cricket join for Tredders

Footballers and cricketers from both the professional and semi-pro game will be getting together for a Charity Match at Folkestone Invicta’s Fullicks Stadium on Sunday, November 19th.

The game is being arranged by Kent and England cricketer James Tredwell in memory of his late father, John who passed away just over a year ago.

James – surely the most successful cricketer from this part of Kent for many years – is nearing the end of his testimonial season during which he has been raising money for Crohns and Colitis UK and the PCA Benevolent Fund.

Tredders (to differentiate from John, who was always known as Treddy) said: “There will be quite a few of the Kent playing squad and former pro footballers Andy Hessenthaler, Ian Hendon and Nicky Southall among others.”

That trio all of course have strong connections with Gillingham FC.

Also expected to take part is goalkeeper Shane Gore, now with Wingate & Finchley in the Bostik Premier after a long career in the game.

Like James Tredwell, grew up on Romney Marsh and went to Southlands School in New Romney. He was frequently played against Invicta for the likes of East Thurrock particularly after starting his adult playing career at AFC Wimbledon.

The ‘Team managers’, both well known in local sporting circles, especially in football and cricket, Andy Allon and Dominic Castle.

Invicta manager Neil Cugley, who has helped arrange the game said: “We want to make a really good day of this for James and his family and it’s a good chance to remember his dad, who many of us knew so well.”

John Tredwell, renowned as a hard but always very fair sportsman, played more than 1,000 games for the old Folkestone Town club and probably somewhere close to that number of Folkestone Cricket Club and various other teams, including Ashford and Brenzett.

‘Treddy’ also managed Folkestone Reserves for several seasons but is very fondly remember too for his dedicated years of coaching youngsters at Folkestone Cricket Club – among them of course, his son James.

Admission to this game – which don’t forget kicks-off at 12 noon – is FREE and it will be followed by a buffet and get-together in Bar Invicta.