Hampton & Richmond Borough and Salford City are going head-to-head in their annual pre-season friendly for the third year running on Saturday 29th July.
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 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.
As for Salford City, having already made 11 signings this summer, they too will be looking to begin their campaign showcasing new talent. The newly promoted Ammies reached the playoffs of the National League North, however narrowly missed out on a place in the Conference, after their penalty shootout defeat to Halifax Town.
What is the Jacob Sylvester Trophy?
Founder of Back Of The Net, Remy Sylvester, sadly lost her brother Jacob in 2002. After a really successful charity game last season, which raised £2,970.98 BOTN and our Non-League family have joined forces to debut a competition in his memory.
Jacob was born at 27 weeks by emergency C-section, because of a placenta praevia. Despite being severely premature, and only weighing 2.7 lbs, he pulled through, thanks to the staff at East Surrey Hospital.
At just 10 months old, a tragic incident saw Jacob fight for his life for a second time, but sadly after 7 days, his battle was lost.
If it wasn’t for the doctors, nurses and heath care Jake received as he entered the world, we might not have even been lucky enough to spend the 10 months that we did with him.
Bliss are a charity organisation who work together with healthcare professionals and families to ensure care for premature and sick babies is of the highest possible standard.
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