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Everton Game 1 2005

The 10th of May, Goodison Park was filled with anticipating football players who had waited for months to live their dream and play in a 90-minute football game dressed in exclusive personalised Everton strips. After a tour around the stadium, the players were shown to the dressing rooms where they shared tactics and changed before the match. Finally it was time to run out on to the pitch for a warm up, having their picture taken and ultimately the kick off!

Legendary Manager Howard Kendall was at the pitch side to coach the teams and to share some banter with the players. After a thrilling game with a loud cheering crowd the away team won with 3-0.

Scorers from the Away team were –

No. 7 Gary Gavin-Pitt, No. 8 Brian Hutchison and No.10 Simon George

Man of the Match –

Nominated by Kendall as men of the match were from the Home team Thomas Tattan and from the Away team Simon George. They both received a signed ball from Kendall.

Captains –

No. 9 Rob Carter (Home) and No. 7. Gary Gavin- Pitt (Away)

It was a great day at Goodison Park, and hopefully the players will keep this day in their memories forever.

Quotes from the day were:

“The day was terrific and both Everton and Football Aid looked after us and ensured we all left having enjoyed ourselves. I'd like to make a special mention about Dave (Head of Everton's community team) who again made all the players feel really welcome. The only disappointment was around the missing Ex Pro's who seem to have been on a heavy drinking session the previous night. Howard Kendall Made the effort though despite still feeling the effects!


“I had a fantastic day. I know there were some concerns from the Football Aid people that the lack of ex-players playing with us had detracted from it but for me it mattered not a jot. I got a lot from having Howard Kendall as manager.”

Event Photography and Filming - Over 500 fantastic action photos of each match at Goodison Park are available from Matt Nuttall Photography, please visit his website for full order details – www.mattnuttallphotography.co.uk
In addition there is a superb DVD of each game available, these include footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at - neishka@blueyonder.co.uk
A percentage of all these sales will go towards Football Aid’s chosen charities.