Rival supporters go head to head at the Pan to raise cash for Robert Eaton charity

RIVAL football supporters will go head to head this week in a charity football match held in honour of a Seagulls fan who died during the 9/11 terrorist attack.

Fans of Brighton & Hove Albion will be playing in the 11th annual match against their arch rivals from Crystal Palace in a bid to add to the £100,000 plus already raised in memory of Robert Eaton.

This year’s match will take place on Friday at the Dripping Pan in Lewes.

Robert was a popular Albion supporter who was working in the Twin Towers on the day the planes struck. A charity, the Robert Eaton Memorial Fund (REMF), was set up in his name and has gone on to raise thousands for footballing good causes and sports equipment for youth teams across Sussex and further afield - including a junior club in Robert’s adopted home of Queens, New York.

Also taking to the field will be Robert’s favourite Albion player, Ricky Marlowe, who will be travelling down from his Scotland base – as he has done each year – to take part. Also playing is Paul Rogers, the former Seagulls captain.

Kick-off is at 7.45pm and entry is just £5 for adults and £2 for children – although under 16s got free if accompanied by an adult. Gully’s Girls will also perform on the night and there will also be a raffle, including signed shirts. All proceeds go to REMF.

Tony Langridge, chairman for the REMF, said: “This is a great cause and the perfect way to remember Robert, who lost his life in such tragic circumstances.

“Hopefully as many Brighton fans as possible will come along on the night. Every penny raised goes to people who really need it and in the past we have helped fund projects in Africa which helps orphans with HIV as well as buying the Seagulls Specials a new mini bus last year.

“Brighton have been going great guns on the pitch this season, but this is a brilliant opportunity for our younger fans to see a true great in action in Peter Ward.

“And, who knows, they might get to see the Albion beat Palace at least once this season.”