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Football legends join Rudridge


Employees from civils merchant Rudridge hosted their eighth annual seven-a-side sports event at Southampton FC’s Premier League stadium alongside a number of footballing legends.

Footballers such as Darren Anderton, Paul Walsh, John Salako and Jan Molby ran out onto the St Mary’s pitch alongside staff from Rudridge and a number of its customers and suppliers from across the country. 

In total, 10 teams – each of which included one of the ex-pros – competed in a series of matches throughout the afternoon.

The winning team, which included ex-Southampton legend Francis Benali was Wavin Wanderers who beat Steve Claridge’s Charcon Athletic in a gripping final, which ended 2-1.  The wooden spoon award went to Darren Anderton’s team.

Ex-Manchester City and West Ham United player Steve Lomas was given a red card for dissent.

Rudridge director Alan Betteridge said: “Once again the event was hugely enjoyable and a great success.  I’d like to thank everyone who took part, the footballing legends for showing us all how it is done, and the wonderful staff at Southampton FC for making us feel so welcome and taking caring of us all during the day.

“I can’t claim we filled the 32,505-seater stadium to capacity, but we did have a lively group of spectators cheering us on!”

About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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