Held on a sun-filled morning on Saturday 18th June, our Derby County game at the club’s Moor Farm Training Ground, was the final game of the Football Aid 2016 season and it was a perfect way to bow out, with an open and entertaining contest which saw the Away team take the honours 1-7 in a game where both teams could be hugely proud of their efforts.
Bank Holiday Monday saw the Football Aid season continue, bright and early at the home of the Toon Army, St James’ Park. An overcast morning was brightened up by a tense and exciting Football Aid game, which saw the Newcastle United Away side run out 3-5 victors.
One of the most iconic stadiums in world football awaited our Football Aid players on Sunday 29th May as Old Trafford hosted our annual Manchester United event. Played in lovely sunny weather throughout, the hugely entertaining, end-to-end game saw the Home side just hold on for an 8-7 win.
After major pitch developments meant a break in 2015, Sheffield United welcomed Football Aid back in 2016 to the fantastic Bramall Lane stadium. It was certainly worth the wait though and with the new pitch in fabulous condition the rain didn’t stop the Blades fans serving up a thrilling game which saw the Away side just edge the result 4-5, after a stirring comeback under the floodlights!
Under the watchful eyes of Arsenal legends Liam Brady and Pat Rice, our Football Aid players played out a thrilling game at Arsenal’s state of the art London Colney Training Ground. The Wednesday morning game ended in a 3-5 victory to the Away side in a closely fought battle.
The 3rd and final Football Aid game at Goodison Park on Tuesday 24th May saw England take on Italy in a special Football Aid International game. It was a special occasion with weather to match and the spectators were treated to a fine game of football, with the visiting Italian team eventually securing a 3-7 victory against their hosts!
Our 2nd Everton game of the day at Goodison Park serbed up a real treat for our Football Aid players, with 7 Everton Legends all involved in the game, enough for a pretty special 7-aside team! Inspired by the host of Playing Legends and Managers, our Football Aid players played out a thrilling high scoring game, which ended 8-4 to the Home side.
Tuesday 24th May was a big day for the Football Aid team with 2 x Everton games and an England vs Italy International all scheduled to take place at the iconic Goodison Park. The 1st of 3 games certainly didn’t disappoint, with the Toffees fans witnessing a thrilling, high scoring 3-6 game, played in glorious late spring sunshine.
A glorious Monday evening awaited the Football Aid team and players at the Premier League’s newest team Middlesbrough’s fantastic Riverside Stadium. A thrilling end-to-end game awaited us with the Boro Home team running out 8-3 victors against a strong Away side.
It was a privilege to make our return to Tynecastle for our 2016 game, with both sets of Hearts fans excited to be gracing the hallowed turf again. The game itself was a thrilling affair, with the determined Home side battling all the way against an on-form Away side.