FORMER England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce was a welcome guest at The Beveree on Tuesday night – but he and Sky Sports TV colleague Martin Tyler found themselves on opposite sides at the Middlesex Senior Cup final against Wealdstone.
The pair were on duty for Sky in Poland during the summer for the European Under-21 Championships, where Martin mentioned the delayed final. It had to be held over because of the Beavers’ involvement in the National League South play-offs.
Stuart, who spent the early days of his playing career at Wealdstone, promised to get along to the match with his partner, Carol. They watched from the sidelines as Martin took up his usual position in the Hampton technical area on Tuesday.
After the game, they were able to catch up for a chat and pose for this picture in the manager’s office.
Saturday 29th will see the clubs go head-to-head in their annual pre-season friendly for the third year running.
It is the second time the Beavers are hosting at The Beveree, and to add to the Sky Sports rivalry between Martin Tyler (also a first team coach at HRBFC) and Gary Neville (one of the owners of SCFC), the two clubs will be playing for The Jacob Sylvester Trophy, in which all proceeds will be donated to Bliss.
The day will also include fun for all the family, including a raffle, bake sale, bouncy castle and much more.
Both teams have already made plenty of announcements and changes over the summer, which have sparked excitement for next season.
Following promotion in 2015/16, Hampton & Richmond reached the National League South playoffs in April, awarding manager Alan Dowson a full-time contract. With new directors in place, the club are looking to build on the success of last year, and start their season with some silverware.