Crawley gave Connery and co a warm welcome

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Do you remember this blurry and faded picture of Sean Connery and his showbiz pals playing a charity match at Crawley Town’s ground in 1960?

Well, one of the stars has been in touch.

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It wasn’t the former 007 – wouldn’t that have been amazing! – but the heroic goalkeeper who found himself facing blistering shots from the likes of England centre-forward Tommy Lawton.

His name is Pip Wedge and he is now executive director of the Canadian Communications Foundation.

Back in the day, he was producer of the hit TV quiz show Double Your Money, which starred Hughie Green.

Mr Wedge said: “I’m afraid I don’t remember who won, or what the score was, but as the goalkeeper for the Showbiz XI in that game, and being reminded of the star names playing against us, I’d be very surprised if we didn’t lose, and probably by a healthy margin!

“But we had some good people of our own who played for us from time to time, both stars and sportsmen, including the former captains of England (Billy Wright), Scotland (Tommy Docherty) and Wales (Walley Barnes).

“So we just may have done better than I’m guessing.

“Like the fans in every city and town we visited to play for charity, the people of Crawley welcomed us warmly and helped us have a most enjoyable afternoon.

“Those of us who were fortunate enough to play in those charity matches will never forget the enthusiastic support we had from crowds across the British Isles, or our pride in being able to generate financial support for so many worthy causes.”

Mr Wedge sent in this picture of himself with Sean Connery in Jersey, where they used to play regularly on Whit Mondays.

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