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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 a short pause for the National Anthem, it was the Away side who took an early lead through Tony O’Hara who nipped in at the back to post to open the scoring.   

The Home side quickly regrouped and were back on levels terms as Prior found the net from close range. Moments later and it was 2-1 to the home side. Joe Nicholls with a thunderous strike from the edge of the box, leaving goalkeeper Chad Pearson with little chance of stopping.

On the half hour mark, Leonard Hindle made it 3-1 from close range after more great build up play from the home side.

The Home team’s advantage was then reduced to one goal as James Barnsdall lashed the ball into the net from 15 yards after a great interception from David Willey to setup his teammate.

Three quick goals after the break all but sealed a win for the home side. Raymond Prior netted his second on 46 mins and then moments later he coolly slid the ball passed the on- rushing keeper to net his hattrick on 48 mins.   

Ben Roberts then got his name on the scoresheet on 51 mins before Ben Cobbett pulled one back for the away side from the penalty spot (6-3).

Almost straight from the restart, the home side earned a penalty of their own. Scott Riddell stepped up and netted his first goal of the night by calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner. 

More goalmouth action was to follow as Prior scored his 4th of the night, before Tony Hine wrapped up the scoring late on with a powerful downward header (9-3).

Speaking after the event David Dale (CEO at Football Aid) said:

“This has been a phenomenal event with which to kick-off the 2019/20 Football Aid season, hosted at arguably the most iconic stadium in world football. We can see how special this has been for the players, and we have already received magnificent feedback from them as they have truly Lived The Dream here at Wembley tonight.

I would like to thank all the players for their fundraising efforts, with proceeds being distributed to the Heads Together initiative in partnership with The FA. On behalf of everyone here at Football Aid, I would like to thank Sam Gregson-Williams and Charlotte Timlick from The FA for their support in providing us with this opportunity, and look forward to working with them for future events at Wembley.”

Team Line-Ups:

Home Team: Lloyd, Maxwell, Tatam, Hine, Nicholls, Wiggins, Roberts, Singh (C), Hindle, Riddell, Prior,

Subs: Heald, Taylor, Chambers

Away Team: Pearson, Burke, Foreman, Evans, Insley, Harrison, Cobbett (C), Shields, O'Hara, Marcroft, Barnsdall

Subs: Wakefield, Cobb, Willey

Mascots: Ajeet Singh Lehal & Alfie Harrison

Full match report to follow:

EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY

Official photographs are available to order from Matt Nuttall’s website here >> www.footballaidphotos.com. You can also contact Matt on Tel: 07793 818021 or Email: info@mattnuttallphotography.co.uk.

MATCHDAY DVD

If you'd like to order a DVD of the match please contact – Chillpics' Shane Wilkinson, Freelance Cameraman & Photographer on 07789 500569 or E-mail: swchillpics@gmail.com

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Pre-Match Interviews

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."

Mark Mellor

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."

Chris Knowles

FA CORE Regional Lead (Central)
FA CORE Referee Developer