Stamford Bridge was the setting for the Graham Taylor OBE and Cyrille Regis MBE memorial match in support of Show Racism the Red Card on Tuesday.
The charity match saw a host of former professionals take to the field against a team of MPs, to raise awareness for antidiscrimination organisation Show Racism the Red Card and pay tribute to Taylor and Regis.
Among those on show were former Blues Ken Monkou and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (pictured top), while others involved in the day included Chris Powell, Alex McLeish, Liam Rosenior, Anwar Uddin and comedian Patrick Monahan.
Former Chelsea captain Monkou, the first black player to be named our Player of the Year, spoke of the importance of the day.
‘I’ve been an ambassador for Show Racism the Red Card for a long, long time,’ he started. ‘It’s a very good charity, very well run and organised, and we’re spreading the word today.
‘We’re also remembering the late Cyrille Regis and also to give a big thanks to Graham Taylor, who’s been one of the pioneers to support the charity.
‘It’s good to see so many familiar faces like Jimmy Floyd and such good support here as well. I think it’s a great programme, especially now, with lots of uncertainty going in, it’s important organisations and charities like Show Racism the Red Card really fly the flag.
‘It is great to be doing all that back at Stamford Bridge and shows what the club are doing and continue to do behind the scenes to tackle racism.’
The match was organised with the support of The FA and The PFA with the ex-pro’s, managed by Chris Powell recording a resounding victory, with Hasselbaink among the scorers.
The result however was the least important factor in the day as Ged Grabby, chief executive of Show Racism the Red Card, explained.
He said: ‘The event is about raising awareness and also recognising two of our ex professionals, in Graham and Cyrille, who have sadly past away.
‘The contribution of both men to Show Racism the Red Card and the antidiscrimination cause in general was immense and we wanted to honour them.
‘The current pros and ex pros are the life blood of our organisation as they are the ones young people look up to and who can inspire them.
‘I know people pick the bad things out of what has happened this season but I still think football does more to challenge racism than any other area of society. Of course we can always do more but I think football is doing a good job and that was shown here today.
‘It has been superb to be at Chelsea. We only do these games every four years so to have the support of the football club is huge, not just today but around our educational work as well is huge.
‘Being on the pitch is superb, we don’t always get this sort of access so it is much appreciated.’