Thousands raised from celebrity football match at Sixfields

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Thousands of pounds has been raised for charity after two teams of celebrities took part in a match at Sixfields Stadium in Northampton.

Former Blackburn and Birmingham player Robbie Savage captained a William Hill Foundation XI against a Sellebrity Soccer XI captained by Only Way is Essex star Mario Falcone.

Other famous faces at the Northampton ground were former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, boxer Joe Calzaghe and McFly band members Harry Judd and Danny Jones.

The match, which was watched by a crowd of more than 2,300, finished 4-3 after England and Arsenal ladies star Kelly Smith scored a penalty.

It is hoped that more than £20,000 will have been raised for Project Africa, a charity initiative which is aiming to build a library to support a primary school in Kenya.

Darren Eadie, chairman of the Sellabrity soccer match organisation, said: “It was fantastic game. A great way to raise money for charity. I was impressed with the crowd event though it is really cold there were still lots of people.

Kelly Smith, England and Arsenal ladies footballer, said: “It was really good fun and a decent standard. There weren’t too many tackles flying in. It was nice to score the penalty and the end but I think it was a really good team performance.

“It is a great way to raise money for charity.”




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