Filed: Wednesday, 28th October 2009
By: Staff Writer
Tony Carr's long-awaited testimonial match will finally take place next May.
The game - the last event to commemorate Carr's 37 years of service to West Ham United - will feature a team from the current West Ham United squad versus a side comprised of players who have come through the club's Academy, which Carr has been working with since the early 1970s.
Already pencilled in to appear for the Academy team are the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Joe Cole and Michael Carrick
"We've set the day now for May 5th," Carr told TalkSport. "We're going to play a West Ham XI versus an ex-Academy XI, like an Academy all-stars team.
"I've spoken to most of the boys, including Rio, and they're all willing to play - hopefully the manager's will give them that permission but we'll work on that in the next four or five months.
"I talked to Frank [Lampard Jnr] last week and he's happy to play. I've also spoken to John Terry and Rio recently and they're all willing to play assuming that club commitments allows them.
"But we're hoping the date we've set will allow that."
The Chadwell Heath production line: internationals tutored by Carr
England: Alvin Martin; Frank Lampard; Glen Johnson; Jermain Defoe; Joe Cole; John Terry; Kieran Richardson; Paul Ince; Rio Ferdinand; Tony Cottee; Paul Konchesky; Michael Carrick; Alan Curbishley; Alan Dickens; Anton Ferdinand; Bobby Barnes; Bobby Zamora; James Tomkins; Junior Stanislas; Freddie Sears; Mark Noble; Mervyn Day; Stuart Slater; Jlloyd Samuel; Liam Ridgewell; Zavon Hines.
Wales: Jack Collison; Freddy Eastwood.
Ireland (all): Ray Houghton; Grant McCann; Shaun Byrne; Eamonn Dolan.
Others: Richard Garcia, Chris Coyne (Australis); Adam Newton (St Kitts and Nevis).
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