Diary: Rain makes Highbury's big send-off a washout

What do Cliff Bastin, Ian Wright, Thierry Henry, Ray Parlour and Ivan Pollard all have in common? They have all stuck it in the onion bag at Highbury.

Last week, a selection of media's finest played a football tournament, organised by IDS, at the soon-to-be-redeveloped stadium.

All sizes, shapes and fitness levels were invited to play and four teams were created with 15-man squads. The teams were Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Sampdoria.

To make it easy for some of the older contingent and the less fit, the games were only 30 minutes long. Although there were still plenty of red faces and a lot of panting.

However, football studs were banned, so, after a number of torrential downpours, silky skills were at a premium as players slid all over the muddy pitch. Less AC Milan, more Accrington Stanley ...

Arsenal instigated the no-boots rule because the club wanted to sell the turf to supporters.

The eventual winner was Inter Milan, managed by IDS's Andrew Atkinson.

Starcom Motive's Chris Williams was the top scorer, while the man of the match award went to Warner Brothers' Danni Murray.


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