More than £12,000 was raised by St Albans City FC in a special fundraising ‘Game for Ukraine’ with Dagenham & Redbridge.
Many fans turned up to watch the charity 2-2 draw, which featured players from both sides in a friendly game.
Money was raised throughout the event, with captain David Noble’s shirt being auctioned for £350 and match-worn shirts from both sides being sold after the event.
The game was also noticeable for the club debut of Chris Batten, better known as the bass guitarist for popular St Albans rock band Enter Shikari, who also sponsored the match.
The group said: The group said: “As already proud sponsors of St Albans City FC, and as a band who’ve played Ukraine many times and made some good friends there, we’re thrilled that the team’s Game For Ukraine initiative was able to raise a significant amount of money for humanitarian aid in the region.
“We’re also immensely proud of Chris Batten, who made his match debut for the club and got away with it well enough to not show us up.
“Following his performance, Chris has since taken the difficult decision to end his professional football career on this incredible high and will retire to continue his dream of gainful employment in the entertainment industry.”
St Albans City FC Chairman Lawrence Levy added: “The whole campaign has been a huge success and something I am very proud of, and I’d like to add my thanks to everyone who contributed for their generosity”.
“As those of you at the game will remember, we had a number of Ukrainians in attendance, some of whom have loved ones and family members still in the country, and we’d like to express our continued support for anyone in our community in such a position.”
To watch a replay of the full game online, visit this link.