Thursday, March 21, 2013
Norwich City legends will line up alongside stars of the screen at a high-profile charity match to be held at Carrow Road.
Former Canary Darren Eadie and TV presenter Jake Humphrey will captain opposing teams, with Dion Dublin, Darren Huckerby, Dean Ashton and Iwan Roberts also among the City heroes returning to do battle.
London 2012 boxing medallist Anthony Ogogo will also take to the turf, with world champion Nathan Cleverley and stars from reality TV shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex.
The game on May 28 is for the Sporting Light Appeal run by Norwich City Community Sports Foundation, which supports disabled and disadvantaged people to get involved in sport, as it looks to hit a £1m fundraising target.
It has been named Jamie’s Game, in recognition of Jamie Abbott, a 16-year-old footballer with Down’s Syndrome who has become a charity ambassador, and is being organised with Mr Eadie’s company Sellebrity Soccer as part of a family fun day.
Mr Eadie said the game would be something of a homecoming for him, as the first full match in front of fans since he left the club.
“We’ve been doing these matches around the country and I’ve wanted to do one at Carrow Road for a long time,” he said.
“A lot of the ex-pros consider Carrow Road to be their home and they jumped at the chance to play there again.
“It’s a way of saying thank you to the fans for their support over the years, but it will also be a fantastic family day out.”
He added: “There will be something for everybody, and we are all there to raise money for a great cause.”
Mr Humphrey said that he and his rival captain were fully behind the Sporting Light Appeal.
He added: “It promises to be a really enjoyable evening for families and Canary fans alike and I am delighted that I can support such an event.”
There will be pre-match entertainment outside Carrow Road from 5pm, with rides, sports challenges, food and exhibitions in the family zone.
More big names are expected to be announced ahead of the event.
CSF fundraising officer Emma Fletcher said: “Jamie’s Game is a great way to raise money and awareness for the charity and the incredible work that we do in the community.
“It has been planned to provide an enjoyable family evening out and will have a festival feel, all in aid of disadvnataged people and those with disabilities in Norfolk.”
Paul Abbott, Jamie’s father, said his son’s time with the CSF had benefited him so much that he wanted to help fundraise for them.
He said: “He has come so far with his football, behaviour and fitness and we were so proud when he became a junior ambassador for the charity last year.
“The Sporting Light Appeal is an amazing cause; it has already helped so many people like Jamie and his friends and we want to do whatever we can to help reach the million pound target.”
Tickets for Jamie’s Game are £10 for adults and £1 for under-16s. Call the Norwich City ticket office on 0844 826 1902 or go to www.sellebritysoccer.org.uk/jamiesgame for tickets.