Ex-Canaries stars and TV and music celebrities turn out for blockbuster of a charity game

Jamie's Game celebrity football match charity event at Carrow Road. Calum Best chats to Gary Holt in

Jamie's Game celebrity football match charity event at Carrow Road. Calum Best chats to Gary Holt in the Jim Chapman team. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Thousands of excited young fans turned out to see an all star cast put on a blockbuster of performance for charity at Carrow Road.

Norwich City stars from years gone by lined up alongside big names from the world of TV, music and social media for the fourth instalment of Jamie's Game.

Norwich City Community Sports Foundation (CSF) and Sellebrity Soccer's annual celebrity football extravaganza has helped raise more than £200,000 to date and yesterday's match has helped net even more cash to help disabled and disadvantaged people in the community.

More than 7,700 people attended the 10-goal thriller which saw Jim Chapman's XI beat Calum Best's XI 6-4 - with Jamie Abbott even coming onto the pitch to score a penalty for the winning side.

But the result mattered not to most who had come along to help support a good cause - and see some stars up close and personal.


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For Norwich fans there was much to cheer with Grant Holt, Darren Huckerby, Darren Eadie, Ruel Fox and Adam Drury among the ex-Canaries taking part.

But celebrity spotters were just as happy with model Calum Best, Eastenders actor Jake Wood, Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother contestant James Hill, YouTube sensation Jim Chapman and Dan Osborne and Pete 'Pirate' Wicks from The Only Way is Essex also on the field.

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Rachel Anderson, 39, from Taverham, who went to the game with her son Oliver, nine, said she 'loved it'.

She said: 'I think the cheer leaders are great keeping up the great atmosphere.

'It's been a brilliant family day out and all for a great cause too.'

Oliver said it was 'really good' and thought the fact some players were better than others 'made it funny'.

He was also 'so pleased' that Jamie came on and scored a penalty.

His friend Louis Bailey, nine, from Drayton, also had a great time and said he liked 'waving at friends on the City Stand'.

Hayley Patterson, 41, from Thorpe, went to the game with her daughter Ellie Hambrook, 11.

She said it was the first Jamie's Game she had been too but said it was 'brilliant'.

'It's been really good - would definitely come again. I can't believe we haven't been before.'

Ellie said she had come to see Jim Chapman and Marcus Butler and said it had been 'really good'.

Heidi Smith, 42, from Fakenham, said she had never been to a football game before but taken her daughter Kaley, 16, and cousins' children Jabey Beck, six, and Tara Beck, 12.

She said: 'I'm doing this for them. They had a good time.'

After the presentation of the trophy players from both sides did a lap of honour to give fans the chance to grab an autograph or a selfie.

Holt, a three time player of the season for City, who inevitably netted on his return to Carrow Road said it was good to be back at the ground where 'they always get a good following'.

The former captain said was pleased to have played a part in a 'good game when everyone knows the cause they are playing for' and said it was 'fantastic' they did it year after year.

Ex-Canaries winger Eadie said it was a 'great occasion'.

Dan Wynne, from CSF, thanked the fans, players and celebrities for helping to make it another success.

He said: 'It's probably the best atmosphere we've had at a Jamie's Game. I think the players seemed to enjoy themselves. Nearly 8,000 tickets sold which is fantastic. It's going to be a massive help.'

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