On Sunday 11th of May we returned to Altrincham Football Club for the second year running to host a family fun filled celebrity packed football match, raising vital funds for our beneficiaries!
Despite the early morning rain and the grey clouds, people came out to show their support for the two teams and enjoyed a great afternoon of football, fun and banter. Even the Mayor of Trafford, Councillor Dylan Butt, turned out to open the event and meet the players and charity representatives on the pitch.
Compered by the very talented and hilarious Alan Keegan (Manchester United stadium announcer) the event brought together football legends including former Manchester United stars Clayton Blackmore, Lee Martin (a patron of the charity), Arthur Albiston, Sammy McIlroy and Frank Stapleton, as well as former Manchester City goalkeeper, Eric Nixon, and current Stalybridge Celtic player Charlie Ennis.
The celebrities included faces such as former Apprentice candidate Neil Clough, BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Sweeney, former Coronation Street actors Nick Cochrane and Scott Wright, celebrity chef Aiden Byrne, Disney XD’s Goalmouth presenter Frankie Vu, E4’s Younger actor Leon Tennant and former Eastenders actor Max Williams.
We held a cake stall with delicious Foundation and football themed cakes that were donated by supporters, as well as other family related stalls. During the event there was a children’s half time penalty shootout, a raffle with some amazing prizes donated by our corporate sponsors and local businesses, Little M came along to meet the crowd and help out in goal!
After 90 minutes of play, great player banter and action, the game came to a close with the legends team victorious, claiming a 6-5 triumph over the celebrities.
Lee Martin was presented with the winning trophy by the Mayor of Trafford at the end of the game and the various personalities met the crowds and signed autographs before the celebrations began.
Throughout the game, spectators voted for their favourite player of the match via our twitter address, which was clinched by Neil Clough who had been a force to be reckoned with on the pitch, showing his competiveness and football skills. Neil was presented with a player of the match trophy by our chairman Nigel Garner.
Nigel says “The event has been so well received and supported by the many players, our champions, local and affiliated businesses, as well as those associated with Altrincham FC. The match was so exciting and fun to watch with the quick wit of Alan Keegan, and we’ve been overwhelmed with the media and public support we have received in the run up to the game.
Last year the celebrity team defeated the legends so a rematch could be on the cards in 2015!
On behalf of everyone from the charity and the beneficiaries of the fundraising efforts, I’d like to thank everyone who contributed towards the day and made it the success we hoped for.”
For the second year running we are returning to Altrincham Football Club to host a family fun filled celebrity packed football match, raising vital funds for our beneficiaries!
The event will take place on Sunday 11th May 2014 from midday and the match will kick-off at 1pm when the team of football legends will don their boots and take on the celebrity challengers.
Some of the confirmed players include former Manchester United stars Clayton Blackmore, Lee Martin (a patron of the charity), as well as former Manchester City keeper, Eric Nixon, and the celebrities include Hollyoaks star Keith Rice, who plays Finn O'Connor, former Apprentice candidate Neil Clough, as well as BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Sweeney, to name but a few. Manchester United stadium announcer Alan Keegan will be returning to compere the event for us – keeping the crowds entertained!
Popstar Anthony Kavanagh will also be performing his hit song ‘I can make you feel good’ and there will be lots of activities for all the family including half time entertainment, competitions and activities, as well as a raffle, and the charity mascot, Little M, will even be making an appearance!
In the lead up to the game there is a drawing competition for children, with two winners getting to walk out onto the pitch with the players and charity mascot. The two winners, each accompanied by three of their selected friends, will then be invited to take part in a half time penalty shoot-out against the charity mascot. Any schools, local sports clubs or charities wishing to take part and find out more about raising funds for their cause should contact us.
Tickets for the football match are priced at £5 per adult and £2.50 per child or £12 for 2 adults and 2 children. Tickets can be purchased online via https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/moore-foundation-charity-football-match-tickets-11101160871 by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 0845 094 0373 or on the gate.
Nigel Garner, Chairman of the Moore Foundation says “We can’t wait to bring our fundraiser back to Altrincham FC again. We’ve got some fabulous support from some well known football legends and celebrities as well as local companies and entertainment providers. There’s going to be a real family fun atmosphere and we hope that many of our beneficiaries will be able to attend too.”