Tom King, one of Gloucestershire’s finest goalkeepers, rubbed shoulders with a raft of sporting greats in a star-studded charity football match.
The ‘Battle of the Balls’ at Gloucester City’s Tiger Turf Stadium, saw a team of former City players, including Chris Burns, Andy Hoskins and Tom Webb go toe-to-toe with a team managed by former Spurs and West Ham boss Harry Redknapp and captained by rugby icon Mike Tindall, who was joined by his 2022 I’m a Celebrity campmate winner and Hollyoaks star Owen Warner.
The event was staged to raise money for the charity Rugby for Heroes, which helps former soldiers make the difficult transition into civilian life. TV celebrity Nick Knowles, a patron of the charity alongside Tindall, was also in attendance.
Players involved for the ‘Rugby for Heroes’ team included Delon Armitage (Toulon RFC), Julian Salvi (Exeter RFC), Jonny Goodridge (Gloucester RFC) and Ryan Lamb (Gloucester RFC).
The City team came out on top, winning 4-1 thanks to a Lee Smith, Alex Sykes and Lyndon Tompkins. Owen Warner scored the only goal for Tindall’s team.
King, who has also played for Swindon Supermarine and Shortwood United, said: “It was great to have a run out and put the gloves on again in front of a good crowd at the new Meadow Park. The game was pretty competitive, but played in good spirit and was a really good day, for a good charity.”