Luke Wilkshire. Scott Chipperfield. Brett Emerton. Steve Corica.
Those are some of the names Jeremy Lawless will line up alongside when he takes the field for Albion Park City in Saturday night's Football for Firies clash with the Wollongong Wolves.
Lawless joined the amateur club simply to have a bit of fun and play some social football. Never did he anticipate he would have the opportunity to meet, let alone play with some of Australia's greatest players.
"I've never really met these guys before," Lawless said.
"Being a huge Sydney FC fan, I've briefly met Steve Corica at a game, but not the other blokes. I met Brett Emerton at a Socceroos match once. It will be a good chance to run around with them and have a kick.
"It's a great opportunity to play with some former greats, former Socceroos, even Robbie Farah, an NRL player, it's really exciting."
Saturday's match will be the club's second charity effort in nine months, Albion Park City raising funds for refugee assistance groups when Craig Foster turned out for the side's round three FFA Cup game in March.
Having played with a superstar so recently, Lawless is confident he and his teammates have some idea of what to expect when they take to the field at Ian McLennan Park.
"The main thing is that despite their age, they don't lose their class. You can still see it, it remains there permanently. In the sheds the calmness they bring, some of the tactics they bring, it's awesome."
One player who isn't quite sure what to expect from the game is Hamish Lamberton, the former Sydney FC Youth League star preparing to play his first game for the Wolves on Saturday.
With his new coach lining up for the opposition, the 20-year-old is eager to produce a solid performance and he said the Wolves will be taking the field determined to open their season with a win.
It's a great game to be a part of," Lamberton said. "Ex-legends, Socceroos, it's a great opportunity.
"I really don't know what to expect from Albion Park. For us we're trying to get minutes on the field, which is important at this early point in the season. They have some massive names, but I don't know what to expect from them."
For all the enjoyment that comes with playing with or against footballing legends, the players involved haven't lost sight of why Saturday's game is happening.
A fundraiser for those affected by the bushfires that have ravaged the South Coast, organiser Adrian Arciuli said they're hoping to raise more than $20,000 through donations, sponsorships and jersey sales.
The match will kick off at 6pm, with a women's game to be played at 4pm.
For Lawless, it's a timely reminder of how sport can play an important role bringing communities together during tough periods.
"It was similar last year," Lawless said. "We showed football is a great way to bring people together. In that case it was for a refugee organisation, in this case it's for the devastating fires that have hit Australia.
"Football can bring people together and do wonderful things. That's what we're passionate about as football players, bringing everyone together and raising money for a good cause and showing football can be at the heart of it."
Football for Firies
Ian McLennan Park, Kembla Grange. Gates Open 3.30pm.
Entry: $2 donation to Salvation Army
4pm: Women's All Stars City v Country
6pm: Wollongong Wolves v Albion Park City FC Invitational XI
Albion Park City FC Squad:
Luke Wilkshire (C), Scott Chipperfield, Steve Corica, Robbie Farah, Ljubo Milicevic, Brett Emerton, David Carney, Gavin Rae, Patrick Zwaanswijk and Ashley Westwood. Coaches: Frank Farina and Phil Moss.
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