In one of those brilliantly quirky moments that football, and perhaps especially non-league, often gives out, Dulwich Hamlet goalkeeper Preston Edwards was alerted to a Tannoy announcement about his car as he played in last night’s friendly with Crystal Palace.
The former Millwall youngster started the fundraising match against Roy Hodgson’s Palace side, which included Scott Dann, Max Meyer, Jason Puncheon, and Connor Wickham, who came off the bench to score.
During the game, an announcement regarding a parked car went out around Imperial Fields, to which Edwards turned and told the crowd: “That’s my car!”
He said via Twitter after the game:
‘I [sic] wasn’t a wind up. The first two times I ignored it. The third time they mentioned it getting towed. That’s when I panicked!’
There were 1,226 in attendance at Tooting & Mitcham’s ground as the Premier League side ran out 5-0 winners in a game held to raise funds for Vanarama National League South Hamlet, who have had well-publicised off-field struggles in recent times, with a long-running dispute with the landlords at their Champion Hill home resulting in the club being evicted.