Football Aid 2019/20 kicks-off in style at Wembley Stadium!
Raymond Prior nets FOUR goals as the new Football Aid season kicks-off in style under the arch at Wembley Stadium.
On Sunday, 17th November football fans lined up for an entertaining match on the hallowed turf at Wembley Stadium, while helping to raise valuable funds for the mental health charity initiative ‘Heads Together’.
Andy Sinton, who made 12 senior appearances for the Three Lions between 1991 to 1993 was on hand to provide invaluable insight and support to the players, and was assisted by coaches Adam White and Kerry Green from QPR in the Community Trust.
And it was the home side who ran out 9-3 winners, thanks to four goals from Man of the Match Raymond Prior, Joe Nicholls (1), Leonard Hindle (1), Ben Roberts (1), Scott Riddell (1), and Tony Hine (1).
After Match Feedback
"I thoroughly enjoyed it, playing under the lights was special, certainly a memory that will last forever. I've been to watch concerts in the past, stood on the pitch wishing I had a ball so I could knock it around. I never ever thought I'd actually get a chance to play football at Wembley. A DREAM COME TRUE! I was buzzing all the way home, it took me ages to get to sleep last night as I was on such a high. That strike with my left foot still hasn't sunk in, I've never ever struck a ball so cleanly with my left before!!! I can't wait to watch the DVD.
Thanks once again!"
Joe Nicholls (Home No 5)
"I couldn’t let this morning pass without dropping you a line to say what a fantastic day yesterday was! A massive thank you to everyone involved, it far out weighed expectations, which is a lot when you think that playing at Wembley is going to be very special in itself.
Everything was just outstanding and it was a pleasure to share the pitch with such a good bunch of lads on both sides too and as I said before, please let me know as soon as the Old Trafford dates for 2021 are available as I’m hoping I can get a couple of places booked for that, but now I know more about your organisation, I’ll also spread the word down here to people I think would be interested. Once again, massive thanks."
Karl Insley (Away No 5)
"I cannot put into words how amazing the game at Wembley was! It really was a childhood dream come true!
I have always said to myself I would never attend a game t Wembley unless it was for Newcastle, however when this opportunity came up I could not say no. My first ever Wembley experience has ended up being me being able to play on the hallowed turf for an England XI! Making my way through the royal suite, and entering the home changing room to see a shirt with my name and number and the (attempting) belting out the national anthem is a day and set of memories I will never forget! Pulling on the shirt was a proud moment for me and was for an amazing cause. Cannot thank football aid enough for the opportunity and I cannot wait to embark on my next football aid adventure!
Thank you again"
Guy Chambers (Home No 17)
"Just to say thanks for an amazing experience yesterday at Wembley. Highlight was obviously getting my son into the stadium. The second challenge was getting him on the pitch.
I really appreciate your staff supporting his additional needs."
Bal Singh (Home Captain)
"Just to say thanks once again to you and all at Football Aid for providing me the honour to play at Wembley again.
I was pleased with the game. The result is not the issue, it's being able to make that nice pass control the football and you are happy with your performance. I wish you and the team every success for the future. And I will keep an eye out for something that will get me up again."
Mike Burke (Away No 2)
"Unbelievable experience, boyhood dream achieved leading out your country at Wembley 😉"
Ben Cobbett (Away Captain)
"It is always a pleasure to participate in a Football Aid event, and to do so at Wembley is even more special. With 3 ex Football League match officials and the introduction of a younger female referee into the proceedings, we tried to ensure the game had a professional element to it.
We can all take fantastic personal memories from the day and look forward to more amazing events in the future. I have been involved in Football Aid games since 2002 and Steve since 2001, and we have seen the growth season by season.
Long may it continue."
Football Aid Referee Ambassador
"The whole experience was one that will sit with me for a very long time. Having been fortunate enough to officiate at Wembley Stadium before in 2008 the whole occasion then came and went in flash so Sunday was fantastic to savour the place, surroundings and the event.
I'm delighted to have been able to support Football Aid for the second time now in an officiating capacity and I hope it won't be the last!!!!
I wish you and the team all the very best, keep up the great work and hopefully see you soon."
FA CORE Regional Lead (Central)
FA CORE Referee Developer