A star-studded line-up packed with former England internationals is set to take to the pitch when Chelsea play Petersfield next month.
Spectators have already been snapping up tickets for the visit of Chelsea Old Boys to Love Lane on April 20, when a team made up of former professionals from the Premier League club will take on a Petersfield Town side.
But the excitement generated by the biggest football match in the town for over 15 years is set to grow even further after it was revealed who is likely to be pulling on a Chelsea shirt on the day.
Ray Wilkins (84 caps), Graeme Le Saux (36 caps), Kerry Dixon (eight caps) and Dave Beasant (2 caps) have all played for England in their careers and they are just some of the stars set to grace the Love Lane turf.
Ray Wilkins became Chelsea’s youngest ever captain at the age of 18, playing over 200 games for the Stamford Bridge club before his career took him to Manchester United and AC Milan.
Kerry Dixon is Chelsea’s second highest goalscorer ever with 194 goals in over 400 games for the Blues. He also scored four goals in eight appearances for his country.
Graeme Le Saux played around 350 games in two spells at Chelsea before finishing his career at Southampton, where he made nearly 50 appearances.
Goalkeeper Dave Beasant needs no introduction to football fans on the south coast, after enjoying spells at both Pompey and Saints.
He played over 150 games for Chelsea but is probably remembered most for his penalty save and then lifting the FA Cup in the 1988 final against Liverpool.
The list of Chelsea legends doesn’t stop there though, with a whole host of famous faces from the 1970s and 80s expected.
Ian Britton played in nearly 300 games for Chelsea from 1971-82; John Bumstead made nearly 450 appearances from midfield in 1976-91; Clive Walker played over 250 times for the Blues and over 1,000 games in his overall career; and Dave Lee appeared over 200 times, having a short loan spell at Pompey as well.
Further treats for local football followers will include appearances by Garry Stanley (ex-Pompey), Gareth Hall (played for Havant and Waterlooville in 2001) and Ken Monkou (who played over 200 games for Southampton during the 1990s).
The Chelsea squad is completed by the following players: Steve Finnieston, Graham Wilkins, Paul Canoville, Keith Dublin, Gary Chivers, Trevor Aylott and Clive Wilson.
A spokesman for Petersfield Town FC said: “It is staggering to think ome true football legends will be playing at Petersfield.
“Everyone at the club and around the town and surrounding areas was already starting to get very excited about this game but now that we have been able to announce the players who will be playing on the day, we now expect to see an even bigger rush for tickets.
“This is an excellent opportunity for young and old supporters alike to get close to these famous footballers in what is a small, compact ground – unlike in their playing days when these players were appearing in vast arenas in comparison.
“With the announcement of the Chelsea players likely to play we are all looking forward to an amazing day.”
The Chelsea squad announced today is a provisional one and it is possible that some of the players due to play at Love Lane may change.
The game against Chelsea kicks-off at 2pm but a day of family entertainment will get under way when the gates open at Love Lane at 11.30am.
Tickets are on sale now from: Petersfield Post, Petersfield Herald, The Square Brewery and Folly Wine Bar in Petersfield town centre.
They are also on sale at The News offices in Havant and Commercial Road, Portsmouth and also at The News Centre, Hilsea.
Tickets are priced £7.50 for adults and £3 for children under-16 or OAPs over 60. You can pay by cheque at any of these venues – make cheques payable to: Petersfield Town Football Club.
You can also send off for tickets in the post – include a cheque for the correct amount, a letter explaining which tickets you would like to purchase and a SAE and send them to: Petersfield v Chelsea tickets, 56 Dore Avenue, Portchester, Hants, PO16 8BX.
Any disabled supporters requiring wheelchair access on the day are asked to call 08700 414243 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.