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PRESS RELEASE: Football Aid Launch Brand New Website
After months of hard work and extensive planning, Football Aid are delighted to launch its new multi-purpose website.
Football Aid has been organising charity football matches across the UK, Europe and USA for over 18 years now, and the new design aims to further strengthen its digital presence as well as creating a smoother, user-friendly navigation for its trusted and valued fan base and global partners.
Football Aid 2019 - Positions Available Now!
Football Aid are delighted to announce the official launch of our 19th season providing football fans with the unique opportunity to Live the Dream on the hallowed turf!
Join our Fantasy Football League & Win a Signed Legend's Shirt from FootballAid19!
The Football Aid team are keen Fantasy Football fans and as usual we're making our highly popular 'Football Aid Fans' League that bit more interesting by offering a signed Legends shirt from #FootballAid19 as a prize for the player who finishes top of the table!
Manchester United 2018
Returning to Old Trafford were Manchester United legends Denis Law and Danny Webber as the iconic Theatre of Dreams hosted the 2018 Football Aid fixture between two sets of thrilled players. A mighty close game saw both sides battling hard to seal a victory, and two quick-fire goals late on saw the Away team secure a 4-3 victory in what was a game packed full of breath-taking goals.
England vs Rep Ireland 2018
Our 2018 England vs Rep Ireland game at The Stadium of Light certainly provided plenty of entertainment! The impressive England team edged the result 8-7, with 5 goal striker Stuart Schofield the match winner for the 3 Lions, however the Rep of Ireland away team pushed them all the way and both teams received a huge round of applause as they left the pitch at the end of the match.
Our Sunderland 2018 match at the Stadium of Light was an extremely close encounter throughout, with the 2 x teams of Black Cats fans giving their all to try to gain the upper-hand on their rivals. In the end the Away team came out on top 2-4, but the Home team pushed them all the way and it was a thoroughly entertaining match for all those watching in the stands.
Derby County 2018
It was a perfect day at Pride Park for our 2018 players to showcase their skills, with the pitch in immaculate condition and the sun shining high in the sky, and the Rams fans certainly didn’t disappoint, serving up a 10 goal thriller for their fans in the stands to enjoy!
Sporting CP Game 2 2018
The sun was still shining as our Sporting CP players took to the pitch for Game 2 at the Estádio José Alvalade. After the Home team’s win in Game 1 this time it was the Away team who were to come out on top 1-4, with the team in Black turning on the style to gain the win.
Sporting CP Game 1 2018
The sun was shining and the playing surface was looking immaculate as our Sporting players took to the pitch for our 1st game of the day at the Estádio José Alvalade and the fans certainly made the most of the perfect conditions, serving up a feast of entertainment for their watching fans. The Home team came out on top 5-3 but both sets of players could be extremely proud of their efforts.
Our Southampton 2018 game was played in glorious sunshine at St Mary’s and the game certainly matched the weather, with a bright encounter, featuring some fantastic goals, going the way of the Saints Home team 4-2.
Bristol City 2018
Our 1st ever game at Ashton Gate - home of Bristol City FC - on 17th May 2018 was certainly worth the wait, with the Away team coming out on top 5-7 in a terrific end-to-end encounter!
Swansea City 2018
Our 1st ever Swansea City match took place at The Liberty Stadium on Tue 15th May 2018. We were privileged to have the support of fans favourite Lee Trundle on the day and the skilful striker certainly treated the fans to a virtuoso display, scoring 2 goals for the Home team and 1 for the Away team! The match finished 5-1 to the Home team and after the game all the players commented on the excellent playing surface and facilities at the Liberty Stadium and the warmth of the welcome they received from all the club staff.
Celtic Game 2 2018
The 2018 games at Celtic Park were played the day after their Hoops heroes had collected the SPFL Premiership trophy and our players certainly added to the festival atmosphere, by providing their watching fans with a feast of entertainment from the 1st minute to the last and Game 2 saw the impressive Away team come out on top 3-11.
Celtic Game 1 2018
The 2018 games at Celtic Park were played the day after their Hoops heroes had collected the SPFL Premiership trophy and our players certainly added to the festival atmosphere, by providing their watching fans with a feast of entertainment from the 1st minute to the last. The impressive Away team came out on top 3-2, however Joe Miller’s Home team pushed them all the way and came desperately close to grabbing an equaliser in the final moments of the game!
Our 2018 contest at Brentford’s Griffin Park was certainly one to remember, with the Bees players serving up a 12 goal thriller which was easily a contender for game of the season! Despite going behind 2-0 early on, the Away team came back to prevail 7-5, however with so many chances at both ends the game could easily have gone either way. Star man was Stuart Schofield, who racked up an impressive 5 goal haul for the Away team, which deservedly won him the MOTM trophy.
England vs Italy 2018
Our 3rd England vs Italy International proved to be every bit as exciting as our opening 2 encounters, with the watching fans at the Amex being served up a feast of entertaining football to enjoy. The impressive Italy team ran out 6-0 winners in the end - earning them the only clean-sheet of the Football Aid 2018 season - however the England team fought hard throughout the 90mins and could count themselves unlucky not to have more to show for their excellent efforts.
Brighton & Hove Albion 2018
Our 2nd ever game at The Amex had it all, stunning goals, brilliant saves, excellent celebrations and even a missed penalty! The impressive Brighton Away team ran out winners by 3-7, with their 4 goal striker Trevor Hobbs proving to be the difference between the teams, however the Home side contributed hugely to what was a fantastic end to end game from the first minute to the last.
We’ve seen some great games over the years at Goodison Park and the 2018 edition certainly lived up to expectations, with a closely contested and free flowing game going the way of the Home team 4-2. A pair of braces by Alex Lewis and Andy Kenny proved the difference between the sides, however the Away team acquitted themselves well and Pascual Ciampi’s brilliant team goal was a worthy winner of the Moment of the Match trophy.
Norwich City 2018
Our 2018 encounter at Carrow Road was played in glorious sunshine throughout and certainly provided plenty of bright moments for the watching fans to enjoy, with brilliant goals, great saves from the keepers and lots more entertainment besides! The Home team came out on top 3-1 in the end, but the two teams were neck and neck throughout the 90mins and all the players went home felling rightfully proud of their excellent efforts on the hallowed turf.
Our 2018 match at Stamford Bridge was eagerly awaited by all in attendance and our Chelsea players certainly didn’t disappoint, providing their watching fans with an 11 goal thriller and a contender for game of the season! The Away team took the honours 5-6, with hat-trick hero Mitch While proving to be the match winner, however the Home team pushed them all the way and the fact that the brilliant goalkeepers Smollet and McGinness earned the Man of the Match awards will give an indication of the amount of chances we had at both ends!
Bolton Wanderers 2018
At the Home of Sky Bet Championship side Bolton Wanderers, two teams of skilful and exciting players walked out onto the Macron Stadium turf, on what was a fine May evening. The Home team were in White and the Away team were in Purple. The end-to-end game eventually finishing 6-5 to the Whites, with No 6 Sammy Cardwell stealing the headlines with his wonderful 5 goals for the Home side, helping them claim a narrow victory.
Football Aid 2018 at The Emirates had all the ingredients for a great game of football; warm, sunny conditions, a perfect pitch and two fantastic Managers David O’Leary and Pat Rice and the players certainly didn’t disappoint, serving up a feast of football for the watching fans in the stands! The impressive Home team came out on top 5-3 in the end, but both sets of players went home happy at the end of another special day for all the Gunners fans involved.
Birmingham City 2018
Our Birmingham City games have the habit of throwing up great entertainment and this year’s contest was certainly no different, with brilliant goals, fantastic saves and plenty of end to end action for the fans in the stands to enjoy. The Home team ran out 4-1 winners in the end, however the Away team pushed them all the way and both teams could be hugely proud of their excellent efforts on the night.
West Brom 2018
Our West Brom players were thrilled to march onto the hallowed Hawthorns turf for the 1st Football Aid contest since 2015 and the game was certainly worth the wait, with the Baggies fans serving up a feast of goals for the watching fans! The Home team ran out 7-1 winners thanks to 4 goal hero Alessandro Marazzi, however the game was closer than the score-line suggested and both teams gained enormous enjoyment from the exciting encounter, played in great spirit throughout.
QPR Game 2 2018
Our 2nd game of the day at Loftus Road was certainly packed with excitement, with the watching QPR fans being treated to a 12 goal thriller! The seesaw encounter could have gone either way, but in the end the match finished in a 6-6 draw, which ensured both teams went home happy. It was a great end to another successful day working alongside the QPR in the Community Trust to allow QPR fans the chance to Live the Dream.
QPR Game 1 2018
With the sun in the sky and warm weather forecast all day, the conditions couldn’t have been better at Loftus Road for the start of another fantastic event day in association with QPR in the Community Trust. The Game 1 players certainly didn’t disappoint, serving up 10 goals and plenty of entertainment for the watching fans in the stands. The Away team ran out 1-9 winners in the end, but both teams contributed hugely towards making it a great experience for all involved.
Friday night football returned to Molineux with the 18th annual Wolves FC Football Aid encounter providing fantastic entertainment for the enthusiastic home crowd! The end to end game could have gone either way, however it was Michael Ryder who proved to be the match winner, with his excellent 73rd minute strike earning his Home side a narrow 3-2 win.
Blackburn Rovers 2018
Our 18th annual Football Aid game at Ewood Park was another epic contest, just as we’ve come to expect over the years! David Dunn and Damian Johnson’s battling Home team pushed Kevin Gallacher’s Away team all the way and even came back from a 2 goal deficit to draw level with less than 5mins to go, however 2 late goals from the impressive Away team allowed them to take the honours by a score-line of 3-5. Both teams could be extremely proud of their efforts though and our Rovers players were cheered off at full time by one of the most enthusiastic crowds we had all season!
England Training Day 2018
The 1st UK event of Football Aid 2018 - the England Training Day at St George’s Park - began at 09:30am with players meeting in the Main Hilton Reception. After a quick briefing, the players walked to the Football Centre, changed into their Training Kits and tackled a thorough morning training session led by FA coaches on the indoor pitch. After lunch the players changed into their official England kits and kicked off the 11-aside International match and fittingly the England Home team came out on top 5-2!
Chicago Fire 2018
Football Aid history was made at 09:30 am on Saturday, March 24, 2018, as our 1st ever game in the USA kicked off at Chicago Fire’s Toyota Park! The match itself was a close encounter, with the Fire’s Home team just coming out on top 4-1 despite a spirited performance from the Away team. Huge thanks again to the Chicago Fire Foundation for making a dream become a reality.
Sporting Clube de Portugal - Nuno Costa
The whole experience is unbelievable. Being a Sporting CP fan since I can remember it was a dream come true to play at the Estadio de Alvalade, the same stadium that saw Ronaldo, Nani and other international stars to emerge. The name "Living the Dream" sums it up perfectly.
Chicago Fire - Sean Guidera
It was utterly fantastic, something I hadn't thought possible. I watched The Fire play LA Galaxy recently and it was cool seeing Toyota Park in a new light having been lucky enough to play there. My favourite things to do annually, are 1) Go to the U.S. 2) Play in a Football Aid match. For those 2 things to mesh was something special, and for the benefiting charity to be a foundation that is directly built in to the fabric of the club, that's pretty unique too in my experience. It was a fantastic event, thank you to yourselves at Football Aid for dreaming it and creating it with the co-operation of both the club and the foundation. Brilliant, brilliant.
Chicago Fire - Tim Van Horn
Big thanks to Chicago Fire and Chicago Fire Foundation for having the vision & making the leap of faith to bring Football Aid to the U.S. for the first time ever. Wonderful facilities and even greater people!
Tim Van Horn
Sporting Clube de Portugal - Felipe Guedes
It was a day that certainly I will not soon forget. Playing in the stadium where all my childhood idols played, with that jersey and symbol to the chest was wonderful. Even more, for the cause itself and for being able to help the Fundaçlão Sporting that does such good work. Certainly next year I will be back. Thanks for the opportunity.
Wales International - Andrew Davies
I've always wondered what it would be like to put on the Red of our Country and stand on the field with the national anthem playing. It was the most amazing sporting experience ever. Everything from the pre-match tour, arriving in the dressing rooms to see the kits with our names on them, the national anthem and the awesome match itself was just out of this world.
England vs Rep Ireland - Roy Talbot
Thank you for providing me the opportunity to play my FINAL game (at 75) at the Stadium of Light yesterday! It was a pleasure and privilege to be part of such a memorable game and at the final whistle being congratulated by every player, and then on my return to our dressing room receiving a spontaneous ovation will be a lasting memory.
England vs Italy - Andrea Massari
Another great experience with Football Aid again this year, all perfect as always. Congratulations to all of the staff. I hope to repeat this fantastic experience again next year.
England Training Day - Scott Burrell
Absolutely loved it. For me it was all about seeing St George’s Park and using the amazing facilities. The way the day was planned was superb, ran really well and overall it was top class. Definitely interested in doing it again next year!
Rangers - Scott Dowling
It literally was a dream come true! Never thought I would get to step foot on the pitch, never mind play, win, and score! Walking into the changing room and seeing your shirt hanging there was an amazing feeling. The whole night was absolutely brilliant and I am so glad I did it. Thank you for giving the likes of me the opportunity to 'Live the Dream'.
Hibernian - Dale Rankin
Another amazing experience with Football Aid. You guys don't get enough credit for the opportunity you give fans all over the UK (and Europe). See you again next year!
Heart of Midlothian - Kevan Wright
Superb day and I loved every moment. Your team are absolutely brilliant at looking after everyone and going out of your way to make the events the best they can possibly be. Thank you once again!
Celtic - Derek Spalding
Great day made even more special with 2 of my sons playing at the same time. Our manager Joe Miller was a credit, and he even came up to my lad at the end of the game and told him he was a good player, which has filled him with great pride and confidence. Great bunch of guys, played in the best of spirit and camaraderie, just like the Celtic family.
Aberdeen - Lyndsay Bartlet
Playing with four of my best mates on the Pittodrie pitch and scoring a couple of goals in front of my family made the Football Aid experience one of the best times of my life, which I’m sure any supporter from any club would feel!
West Bromwich Albion - Andy Balmforth
Another great Football Aid day, pitch was in immaculate condition and a happy home team ran out 7-1 winners, though it was a close game for the first 60 mins. Top day with some quality lads, thanks to the lads from Italy who came over and were excellent to play alongside once again. Even got an Italian style celebration at the end!
Swansea City - Robert Green
Swansea was a superb day, great stadium, great game. Lee Trundle was fantastic on the day, as soon as he came in the dressing room he was asking everyone questions, really getting involved, you could tell how much of a legend he was to the Swansea lads in the team.
Sunderland - Carl Terrans
Great day and a great experience today playing the Stadium Of Light with Football Aid. Looking forward to doing the same again next year!
Stoke City - Jonny Thomson
Just to say a big thank you once again for organising such a fantastic event. One of the best experiences ever! The venue, the game, the lads, the pitch, the legends, everything was perfect. 100% doing it again next year, I think I might have picked up the bug!
Sheffield Wednesday - Vaughan Lonsdale
Thanks for organising a great day at Hillsborough and raising funds for charity. Another fantastic day out and the excitement never diminishes!
Sheffield United - Gary Corby
NOTHING can compare to FOOTBALL AID. The ultimate all-encompassing sensory overload with a ball you I'll ever encounter. I have played football for nearly all of my 55 years and this was by far the best experience ever, I played the whole match with a smile on my face and to do it with my son was just awesome. You guys are the best!
Queens Park Rangers - Paul Sissons
Thanks for the usual great, well organised day. An absolute pleasure to be on the same team as Andy Sinton, Lee Cook and Wayne Fereday. Already looking towards next year!
Notts County - Dave Hopkin
Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. You guys organising did a fantastic job, even the people that came to watch me had great fun too. I definitely intend to get involved again, one of the other players said this can be addictive and I can see how!
Norwich City - Gonzalo Rioja
We’ve come a long way to always finds happiness, joy and football with all Football Aid events. Thanks as always for the effort in putting this together and all other fantastic events.
Derby County - Jon Dixon
As always, the Football Aid experience at Derby was a fantastic one - 2 legends, 2 managers and a perfect pitch!
Bristol City - Paddy Armstrong
As a football fan and as a player who never really made it at any senior level, the opportunity that you have made available is simply a dream come true with the added bonus of supporting charity. From actually walking into the dressing room and seeing the kit laid out, provision of drinks, access to the players area and to the Legends; simply brilliant!
Brentford - Tony Griffiths
Thanks to Brentford FC CST and Football Aid for arranging a great, memorable and fun experience at Griffin Park this evening!
Bolton Wanderers - Aaron McGarry
Another great experience at Bolton Wanderers FC, well done everyone at Football Aid – I’ll be back next year!
Blackburn Rovers - Andrew Williams
I was so impressed with all the hard work and time you all put into these games for the many charities you support. Not only did I get to meet 3 of my idols when I was growing up but I also got to play at Ewood Park. Honestly I'm 33 years old and last night I was like a kid at Christmas!
Birmingham City - Aidan Peaty
Thanks again, it's not only living out my dream but the money raised goes to some amazing causes which is important too. The whole day is so well organised and made easy for us players and I appreciate all the effort your team put in.
Wolverhampton Wanderers - Matt Barker
Thank you for last night’s game at Molineux, as ever a super experience!! Last night was 5 years in a row for me and after the 1st one I said that would be it, I wanted the experience and I got it but it’s so addictive! Even my children want me to play every year so they can attend too, Wolves is my club, my 2nd home really, so playing at Molineux fulfils every fan's dreams.
Southampton - Brandon Butt
Absolutely loved it. It’s always been one of my dreams to play at St Mary’s Stadium. And it wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Football Aid. It was an incredible experience and worth every penny! It was my first time and the staff of Football Aid and players made me feel comfortable and up for it!. Now I have the bug I’ll most certainly be doing this again next year.
Newcastle United - Stuart Parkinson
Just like to say a massive thank you to all at Football Aid, you really do pull all the stops out to make it such a special day from the moment you arrive till leaving, just played at my beloved Newcastle United's St James park and after watching from the terraces for over 40yrs to getting the chance of playing on the pitch was a dream come true.
Manchester United - David Phelan
Thanks for another great day - really well organised as always. Danny Webber was a great addition, a very nice guy and a really good player too. Having Denis Law there brings things to another level too - at one stage I was waiting for a throw-in to be taken when I noticed he was on the sideline watching and it's another of the "pinch yourself" moments from the day!
Manchester City - Byron Carey
The best football experience I have ever had in my life. An absolutely incredible charity, will definitely be back – keep up the great work!
Liverpool - Adam Bramley
I just wanted to say thank you for the fantastic experience I had playing at Anfield - it was an unbelievable day and all for a fantastic cause. The hospitality provided by you, your team and the club was first class and is something my family and I will always remember (my wife is now a football fan!).
Leicester City - Lawrence Louis
Can't say enough how amazing Football Aid is - wish I had known about it 10 years ago. Will be back next year!
Everton - Alex Lewis
Such a dream come true every time you do it - not to mention the fantastic work you guys are doing in the community through charities. Once again, a truly priceless experience. A big thank you to Football Aid for helping us to achieve the dream and for all you do to support the charities.
Crystal Palace - Neil Topley
I absolutely loved the experience! Everything I'd asked for was sorted - my own shirt was printed and hanging waiting for me. I'd like to say the Football Aid staff on the day were excellent and spoke very well at the end of the game. This was supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience but I now intend to make it a once a year experience!
Burnley - Matt Smith
I'd just like to pass on my massive thanks to all involved in making Football Aid as amazing as it possibly could have been. Everything about it was truly perfect, every detail was immense. From walking into the dressing room for the first time, stepping onto the pitch for the game and collecting my MOTM trophy after proceedings are just three examples of a perfect day.
Brighton & Hove Albion - Nick Pitt
A great day today at Brighton and Hove Albion FC. Fantastic day arranged by Football Aid, topping the day off by getting two goals. Onto next year!
Chelsea - Kevan Makin
Having been involved in football sponsorship over the years, and participated in many hospitality and corporate events. I have to say, that from the start to the finish the event was first class, and an amazing experience.
Thanks again, and rest assured that I will be telling everyone I know about how good my experience was.
Kevan Makin - Chelsea 2018
Arsenal - Graeme Hawkins
Unreal day playing at the Emirates this morning courtesy of Football Aid. My team won 5-2 and I had the pleasure of being managed by David O’Leary. Great catching up with Pat Rice again too!