Tredwell keen to pull on boots
Tredwell keen to pull on boots

Kent spinner James Tredwell is looking forward to donning his football boots in memory of his late father.

The 35 year old off spinner is coming to the end of his testimonial year and has recently put pen to paper on a new two year deal at Canterbury.

Having starred for Kent over the past few decades, Tredwell is well known for having the ball in his hand rather than at his feet.

That will change though in a few weekends time as he and some Kent Cricket stars will feature in the charity football game against some of Folkestone Invicta’s greats and legends.

With the game set to kick off at midday and admission free to all fans that wish to attend, Tredwell is hoping the two teams can put on a decent game in memory of his Dad, John, who sadly passed away just over a year ago:

“Dad was renowned for having played over 1,000 games for first Folkestone Town since 1957, aged just 15, and then had a long relationship with Folkestone in recent years, managing the youth team and reserves up until 1989.”

“He was always regarded as an inside right, but was kind of a utility man that played anywhere. He even played in goal once I believe.”

“Dad was one of those players that always did a job for the team and played in the FA Cup 1st Round twice.”

“His most notable game was against Crewe and he had a chance to give Folkestone the lead with the score at 1-1, but missed the penalty and they went on to lose 5-1.”

“Fair play to all the Crewe players though, they signed the match ball and gave it to him. It was sitting in the loft for a while, but it’s good to see it’s now at The Fullicks Stadium.”

With a number of Kent stars past and present confirmed as playing, Tredwell is hoping for a big attendance:

“We’ve got some great players involved with Alex Blake, Sam Northeast, Adam Riley, Matt Hunn, Ollie Robinson and Daniel Bell-Drummond having said they will play from the current team.”

“I’ve also got the likes of Geraint Jones playing and we’ve got some footballing pedigree in the side with Andy Hessenthaler, Nicky Southall, Ian Hendon and Roland Edge all confirmed.”

“It will be great to take on the Folkestone legends with Andy Allon and Dominic Castle having agreed to be the two managers.”

“I’m looking forward to what should be a special day for all the family. Hopefully we can do Dad proud and it’s not a cricket score!”

“I can’t thank Neil Cugley and everyone at Folkestone Invicta enough for agreeing to host the game for us.”

All proceeds from the game will go to the two charities that James Tredwell has supported in his testimonial year, Crohns and Colitis UK and the PCA Benevolent Fund.