Eni Aluko played for Sussex League side Pevensey & Westham on Sunday after they signed the former Lioness for £5 on eBay.
Playing at Langney Sports Club in Eastbourne, the women’s team played against local opposition in Ringmer AFC, as Pevensey and Westham looked to make their mark in the league.
Commentator Chris Kamara hosted the match, as Eni Aluko was subbed on for Jasmin Beal, in the first half. Lightening up the game with her footwork, Pevensey and Westham had their best performance of the season.
This match culminated from the eBay Dream Transfer, which allowed anyone associated with a Sunday League team to throw their hat into the ring, to sign football icons Eni Aluko and Roberto Carlos. All part of a £5 raffle in support of Football Beyond Borders – a charity that helps disadvantaged young people in the community.
Steve Hadfield, head coach for Pevensey And Westham FC said: “If you had told me last month I would be ‘coaching’ England legend, Eni Aluko, I would’ve called you crazy – although I think she was coaching me today! It’s been a complete honour to have her bring so much excitement to the team and our fans.”
Madeleine Gorman, player for Pevensey and Westham FC said: “I initially went on eBay to find astroturf for my grandson, let alone sign Eni Aluko! Having Eni play for Pevensey and Westham FC has meant so much to the team, including our younger girls squad who watched the game. She’s truly an inspiration, who’s world class on and off the pitch.”
Eni Aluko said: “It’s been fantastic to play alongside the ladies from Pevensey and Westham FC. Their spirit, sense of community and enthusiasm that I’ve witnessed today is what makes grassroots football so special, and I’m pleased to have helped them achieve their best performance to date.”
Chris Kamara said: “What a day, what a game! It’s been brilliant to see friends, family and fans turn out for this match with a great cause behind it, supporting Football Beyond Borders. It’s often during Sunday League games like these when you see the true magic of football and today was no doubt an unforgettable occasion for the communities surrounding Pevensey and Westham FC and Ringmer AFC alike. “