Tottenham Hotspur are coming to play Ebbsfleet United in memory of former Fleet captain Paul McCarthy

PUBLISHED: 11:19 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:23 24 April 2017

Ebbsfleet's captain Paul McCarthy with the trophy after their  FA Trophy final win at Wembley Stadium.

Ebbsfleet's captain Paul McCarthy with the trophy after their FA Trophy final win at Wembley Stadium.

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The memorial match will take place in the summer

Promotion-chasing Ebbsfleet United have organised a match in memory of their FA Trophy winning captain Paul McCarthy, who died in February of a suspected heart attack.

The 45-year-old father-of-four lifted the trophy, the club’s highest honour in their history, at Wembley Stadium in 2008, and went on to coach the side.

Tributes poured in for the Fleet legend, and now as a final send off, the club have organised a pre-season friendly against Premier League high-flyers Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs will visit Stonebridge Road on Saturday, July 15.

A spokesperson from Ebbsfleet United said: “The club, with the Fleet Supporters Trust, has chosen to designate this high-profile friendly as the Paul McCarthy Memorial Match and all gate receipts after expenses will be donated to Paul’s family to use as they see fit.”

The former Wycombe Wanders player’s family have been invited to the game, and more information is due closer to the match.

Not stopping at Premier League opposition, two more pre-season friendlies will take place at Stonebridge Road in July.

The Fleet will take on Cambridge United on July 18 and AFC Wimbledon on July 29.

Admission will be £10 adults, £8 concessions, £5 for 12–16-year-olds while children under 12 go free.

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