SHREK and the Incredible Hulk standing strong in defence, Wonder Woman and Buzz Lightyear flying down the wings and Rocky supplying the punch up front – not to mention Jesus out in front.
That was the unusual starting line-up formed by players from two Hampshire football teams, who dressed as their favourite comic book heroes, cartoon characters, movie stars and religious figures to raise money for charity.
Squads from Sporting Compass Football Club and Whiteley donned their fancy dress outfits for the charity match at Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre, in aid of the Wessex Cancer Trust – Sporting Compass FC’s charity of the year.
Dozens of spectators turned up to watch the game and give money to the cause, before Saints legend Francis Benali presented a trophy to Whiteley, who ran out 6-4 winners, with ‘Rocky’ bagging a hat trick.
Jon Garthwaite, player and chairman/secretary for Sporting Compass FC, who dressed as Gonzo for the occasion, said the club had already raised more than £1,000 for the Southampton-based cancer charity, after taking part in a fire walk and a swimathon.
And he hoped that donations made through programme sales, a raffle and a bucket collection during the match would help push the club’s total past £1,500.
“It’s fantastic that everyone has done their bit and got involved. The lads have been tremendous,” Jon said.
“A big shout out needs to go out to all of them because these things only work if people get involved and give up their time and money.
“It’s great to have a crowd here geeing us on and they’ve been really generous with the donations.”