Friday, 12 May 2017


held at City Ground, Nottingham

A couple of weeks back, Notts Senior League Referee Gregg Stuart contacted me via private message n facebook and offered me and my wife Hazel a couple of guest tickets for the Football Aid match being held at the home of Nottingham Forest, with a 10am kick off.

We went along and really didnt know much about the event or how skilled the players were, so I looked it up on the internet.

Football Aid is held over and held in parks of the UK and gives players a chance to play on professional grounds, whilst raising money for charity along the way.

On to the pitch the teams were lead out by a little girl called Ellie May and the 4 officials, 3 of whom I know from the Notts Senior League, namely Gregg Stuart, James Tewson and George Dibbs, plus a young female official Phoebe Cross.

The game kicked off and it was soon noticed that the standard of football was going to be quite good, as many of the players only played each week in five side games. Each team had a Ex professional player in their line ups, the Red team, it was Craig Armstrong and the Black shirted team Paul McGregor.

The game was tight in the First Half with the Reds leading 3-2 at the break, the Second Half, The Reds took control and went in to a 6-3 lead, but the Black shirted team pulled it back to 6-6 in a very competitive match.

A game played in the right spirit, in front of families and friends.

After the match, I did hear that a few players were going up to Sunderland to play in Monday morning at the Stadium of Light.

With 12 goals scored, the £3 iis now in the pot and takes the running total up to £685.65p

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