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Sheffield Wednesday 2005

Football Aid Championship, Friday 20th May, Hillsborough, Kick off 17.30, att 200


It was a busy day for Football Aid with the team split around the UK covering three big matches – Liverpool, West Ham Celebrity and Sheffield Wednesday.

The evening kicked off smoothly at Hillsborough with the Owls fans enjoying a tour of the stadium and getting to know their celebrity managers for the day – John Sheridan (Home) and Phil King (Away).

Phil’s team tactics before the match must have been particularly motivating as the Away side kicked off at a furious rate, attacking hard with a close chance minutes after the whistle. The Home team defended valiantly but after 10 minutes, Mark Mitchell (no 8 Away) broke free and as Phil said, “scored with a good, instinctive finish.” Praise indeed for the midfielder.

The Home team rallied soon after but failed to convert their many chances at goal. It was the Away team again that broke the impasse after 28 minutes as Stuart Brookes (no 7) slotted in a fine goal off his left foot, giving the Away troops a conclusive 2 goal lead.

Confidence boosted after his first goal, Mark scored a beauty 10 minutes before half time after rounding the goalie, Simon Caine, and sending the ball flying into the bottom right of the net.

The second half continued to go the Away side’s way with another 3 goals destroying the Home’s side chance of recovery. First came no 15, Chris Shields just 5 minutes after the whistle.

The Home side again defended fearlessly with no 5 Greg Atkinson fiercely tackling Away’s Steven Turke to prevent him from scoring minutes later right in front of the goal. With 10 minutes to go, striker Vaughan Lonsdale neatly finished another Away attack before Steven Turke rounded the game off with a cracking goal into the right hand corner of the net 3 minutes before time, making the final score 6 – 0 to the Away team.

Man of the match deservedly went to Tim Wardman (no 10) in the Home team and for a record breaking second year in a row, Robert Thorpe (no 5) in the Away team.

As Tim Wardman commented after the match, “I had a fantastic day even though we lost! It was an even better experience than last year and I will hope to be playing again next year! Thank you to all at Football Aid for making the day so enjoyable!”

Event Photography and Filming - There are 100’s of fantastic action photos of this year’s game at Hillsborough available to order, please contact Paul Tipping on 07814 649503 for full details.
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