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Man City Game 2 2005

The 16th of May City of Manchester Stadium was boiling with anticipation and nervousness, when 28 Football Aid players were doing their debut on the hallowed turf in a 90-minute game together with legends Andy Hinchcliffe who managed and played in the Home team and Ian Brightwell who managed and played in the Away game.

After being shown into the dressing rooms the players got dressed in their personalised Man City strips and enjoyed the pep talk from both legends. Finally it was time to grace the hallowed turf for a warm up and to play the match of their dreams!

It was an good game where the Away team ended as winners with 3-1. The players received loud support form their friends and family on the stand who seemed to enjoy the day almost as much as the players.

Scorers Home team –

No 5 Neil Dickson

Scorers Away team –

No 7 Steve Bell who scored 2 goals and No 6 Simon Barlow

Man of the Match

Nominated men of the match by Hinchcliffe and Brightwell were Phil Grabsky for the Home team and Steve Bell for the Away team, who both received a signed ball by both of the legends.


Wearing the captain’s armband was Frederick Morris for the Home team and Jay Cleary for the Away team.

It was a great day, which legends, Football Aid staff, players and guests will always remember,

Quotes from the day:

“ As I mentioned to Simon in an email, the day was tremendous. I was hoping for bit more of a tour of the stadium - managers dressing room, etc, but really that is just a small niggle in what was, for me, a real thrill. And Andy H and Ian B were super - no airs and graces at all - just a real shame Andy didn't play. Nice one - now saving for next year”

“ I am still enjoying it now! Even enjoyed the pain! God, Its a big pitch!”

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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 -
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