Altruistic Sutton football coach to raise money for charity
The legend of a man who dedicated his life to children has attracted celebrities from across the country for a charity football match.
Bob Watson, who died from cancer in April this year, gave up his free time for 30 years to organise and manage football teams.
As well as serving as a child investigation officer in the Metropolitan Police, Bob was tireless campaigner and gave a significant chunk of his hard earned money to children's charities.
Son Robert Watson said: "We did not even realise how much money he gave to charities until after he died. He kept it quiet.
"We were sorting out his bank account details and we couldn't believe it, it was a fortune. He truly did give as much as he possibly could."
Now celebrities and football legends from past and present will celebrate the life of Bob Watson with a charity football match and dinner dance this weekend (July 21).
The dinner dance will also feature an auction to raise money for the Bob Watson Foundation.
Up for grabs are a signed Lionel Messi Barcelona shirt, a signed David Beckham England shirt, signed Ronaldinho football boots and free holidays among other wonderful prizes.
Spurs and England star Scott Parker has signed the shirt he wore when he captained England against Spain last year, and Scott will be at the dinner dance in East Mosley on Saturday.
At 1pm the charity football game will kick off and will see and a Bob Watson XI - players who Bob has coached over the years - take on a celebrity and ex-professional side.
Among the celebs are actor Danny Dyer, The Only Way is Essex stars Kirk and Mick Norcross, model Calum Best, X-factor star Frankie Cacozza and reality TV star Nicola McLean.
Footballers include ex Dons Jason Ewell, and Peter Fear, Ex Palace star Simon Osbourne and Tom Williams, formally of QPR and Birmingham.
The depth of interest from footballers and celebrities alike reflect how much of a legend Bob Watson was, according to his son Robert.
He said: "He did so much for youngsters, he dedicated his life to them so we want to do something to keep his legend going."
To donate or buy a ticket for the game visit http://www.bobwatsonfoundation.co.uk/