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Football match held in Eltham in memory of cancer victims
Kenny Wilkins lays Charlton Athletic Football Club shirt on pitch in memory of Carol Watson who died after battling cancer this year. Pictured with Edward Armstrong and Ben Murray
A CHARITY football match was held in Eltham with a minute’s silence to honour cancer victims at the weekend.
Chairman of the Eltham Knights Football Club Kenny Wilkins created the annual cup match four years ago after a series of friends and family members suffered from the disease.
The 29-year-old laid down a Charlton Athletics Football Club t-shirt on the pitch in memory of a friend and fellow Charlton fan Carol Watson who died after battling leukaemia this year.
Around 60 supporters cheered on the close 90-minute match at Eltham Town Football Club’s grounds on Sunday.
The Eltham Knights won a narrow victory of 5-3 in penalties against the Charlton Casuals after the teams drew 3-3.
Mr Wilkins said: “It went really well.
“It was sad because Carol’s daughters and grandchildren came and gave a little speech thanking everyone for coming. It was quite a touching thing. Her mum loved penalties.
“My best mate died four years - I have not had a good time with cancer. I want to beat it and football inspires people.”
Mr Wilkins founded the John Bishop memorial trophy in memory of a nine-year-old who passed away from the disease. This year’s game raised more than £460 for Cancer Research.