Celebrity Charity Football Match
Tranmere Rovers are hosting a Celebrity Charity Football Match on Sunday 21st October, 3pm kick-off to raise funds for two important charities.
Reality TV stars including The Only Way is Essex's James Argent and 2018 Love Island participant Frankie Foster will be gracing the Prenton Park pitch, with all moneys raised being donated to Tranmere Rovers In The Community and James Bulger Memorial Trust.
Alongside Argent and Foster, other household names lacing up their boosts will be EastEnders duo Dean Gafney and Jake Wood, GeordieShore's Sam Gowland, TV personality Calum Best and many more. Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans will also be in attendance, taking his seat in the dugout as a manager for one of the celebrity team's.
The game will be played in a friendly and competitive way but with real importance as all funds raised will go towards two charitable organisations who work tirelessly within the local community each and every day. This year marks 25 years since James sadly passed away, and in his memory, his mother Denise decided to launch a charity to benefit and support young people who are disadvantaged by reason of having become a part of bereavement, a victim of crime, hatred or bullying.
Meanwhile, Tranmere Rovers In The Community works with thousands of people each year, with the four core themes of their work being in health, education, social inclusion and sports participation.
Tickets for the game are now on sale, with the prices just £10 for adults and £5 for children, with all seating based in the Main Stand. Once the Main Stand has sold out, tickets will be available to purchase in the Essar Kop for all spectators.
For all those who wish to watch the game in the luxury of hospitality at PrentonPark, you can do so for just £25 for adults and £15 for children. The hospitality package includes access to the popular Gold Lounge, a delicious hot meal, the chance to purchase drinks from the bar and the opportunity to meet the players for autographs after the game has finished.
To purchase tickets, please either visit the ticket office, located at PrentonPark, or call 03330 144452 and select option 1/2. Alternatively, you can purchase tickets online at www.trfctickets.co.uk.
The full list of celebrities confirmed is below...
John Aldridge - John Aldridge was born in Liverpool but represented The Republic of Ireland at international level and has 19 international goals. ‘Aldo’, began his career at then Fourth Division side Newport County in 1979. After his first season there, they were promoted up to the Third Division and the then 21-year-old flourished under the opportunities he was given. In March of the 1983/1984 season after 170 appearances and 70 goals he left Newport to join Oxford United.
Oxford would rise meteorically between the 1983/1984 and 1985/1986 season as they got three straight promotions from the third to the top tier of English football. Oxford’s emergence was paralleled with Aldo’s rise to the top and this was highlighted by the 90 goals he scored for them in just 132 appearances.
His form warranted the interest of Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool and he signed for the Reds in 1987 for £750,000. 63 goals in just 3 years at Anfield saw him become a cult hero there but, in September 1989, Real Sociedad splashed out £1,000,000 and he re-payed them with 40 goals in two seasons.
From the Basque region of Spain to the Wirral it was for Aldridge and he signed for Tranmere Rovers in 1991 and scored 22 goals in his first season with us. Not many players can be legends at more than one club but after 140 goals in 248 appearances for Tranmere his respect is well earnt. Adored by the fans after playing as well as taking us to Wembley as a manager we cannot wait to see him back in front of the Super White Army.
Andy Robinson - Andy Robinson was born in Birkenhead and began his career at Cammell Lairds before he joined Tranmere Rovers for the 2002/2003 season. After failing to appear in his first spell with Rovers he signed for Swansea City.
With the Swans, the now 38-year-old won the League one title during the 2007/2008 season, the Football League Trophy in the 2005/2006 season and the FAW premier cup twice in the 2004/2005 season as well as the season after. 195 appearances and 44 goals later, he signed for Leeds United. He played for Leeds between 2008 and 2010 but had two loan spells at Tranmere before he signed permanently for the Rovers again in the January of the 2010/2011 season.
Robinson displayed his talents 77 times for Tranmere and scored 17 goals in the process and after three years back on the Wirral he left and joined Shrewsbury Town in July 2014 but announced his retirement in March 2015 due to a knee injury. A short stay at Semi-professional side Stockport County followed in 2015 but he hung his boots up for good and decided to play at amateur level for Rock Ferry Social.
Roy Evans - Amongst the list of celebrities participating in the October match, Evans' name will shine the brightest from a football point of view.
Evans will be taking his place back in the dugout, managing one of the teams, a role he is familiar with after being in the Liverpool hot seat during the 1990s. The 69-year-old is best known for being a part of the famous Boot Room at Anfield.
Jake Wood - A well-known English actor, Wood is best known for playing the role of Max Branning in EastEnders. The Londoner also appeared in Only Fools and Horses and Red Dwarf during the early days of his acting career.
Many of Jake's storylines in EastEnders, or Max as he should be called, relate to his relationships with other people and he will be hoping to form a strong relationship on the pitch with his team mates for this important game.
Calum Best - Calum Best is a British American television personality and the son of footballer George Best. He has taken part in the reality TV shows Fool Around With on E4 and The Match on Sky One. In 2005 and 2006 he was featured in ITV's Celebrity Love Island, winning the second series on August 28, 2006. Around this time he played himself in the final episode of ITV's Footballers' Wives.
If he is anything like his Dad then we have high standards of what to expect on the pitch!
Dan Osbourne -
Osbourne is currently preparing for his important game at Tranmere Rovers by participating in this year's Celebrity Big Brother.
The 27-year-old became famous when he arrived on the scene of popular TV show, The Only Way Is Essex but has since left the show. Dan was not up for nomination this week so hopefully we will be seeing more of him on our TV screens.
James Argent - James Argent is an English television personality best known as ‘Arg’ on ITV2’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’ where he has been there from the very first series. ‘Arg’ is playing Abanazar in Aladdin at the Middleton Arena, but perhaps he can wish his way to a golden goal down at the Kop end!
His relationship with Gemma Collins is well documented and who knows if Gemma will come and cheer him on down at Prenton Park.
Liam Gatsby - Liam Gatsby arrived on the ITV2 show ‘The Only Way is Essex’ in 2015, and due to popularity, he is still on the show to this date. Liam was actually on the first ever advert for TOWIE, but decided against appearing on the show as he felt it wasn’t quite right for him. Gatsby surprised his fans when he partnered with grime legend D Double E for his first single, helicopter.
Let’s hope the next smashing hit will be a rocket shot in the top right of the net!
Sam Gowland - Sam Gowland featured in last year’s hugely popular show ‘Love Island’. Sam also joined ‘Geordie Shore’ from the sixteenth series onwards. Sam’s cousin, Jonathon Grounds, play football for Birmingham City so you could say that football is in his genes. Sam’s official job was an oil rig worker, but told Heat Magazine that he also ‘pulled girls for a living”.
Well here’s hoping Sam can pull the strings and put on a tremendous footballing performance at Prenton Park!
Idris Virgo - The Birmingham-native was a contestant on the 2018 series of Love Island, 25-year-old Virgo would go onto enjoying a stint on the Reality Television show as a late arrival onto the island. Outside of the Spanish villa, he has competed in two professional boxing bouts, and has gone onto win both of his fights after making his pro debut in the ring back in March this year.
Frankie Foster - Another Love Island contestant from the 2018 edition earlier this summer, 22-year-old Foster also entered the villa during the show. Born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, prior to his time on Love Island, Foster trained as a fitness coach and studied a business management degree.
Before Love Island, Foster also played Rugby Union to a semi-professional standard, while he has also modelled for fashion companies.
Josh Mair - Mair is the third Love Island 2018 contestant confirmed to play at the Prenton Park Charity Match. Similar to his fellow islanders, he entered the series as a late arrival but left the Reality show after a short stay. Away from the island, the 21-year-old Mair is a fitness model, a competitive bodybuilder and a DJ.
Jay Hutton - Welshman Hutton is probably best known for his work on Channel 4 TV Programme, Tattoo Fixers. After leaving the show following a four-year stint, the Tattoo artist is the manager of Adrenaline Tattoo Studio in Ellesmere Port. Hutton competes regularly in Charity football matches and as a teenager he was briefly involved with Liverpool’s academy side after being invited on a three-day course by the Reds.
Danny Boy Hatchard - Londoner Hatchard is most famous for appearing in BBC Soap Opera EastEnders, playing the role of character Lee Carter from 2014 until last year. Now aged 27, Danny-Boy has other acting credits to his name, including Jonathan Harvey’s 20th anniversary production of “Beautiful Thing.”
The Newham actor also regularly turns out in charity football matches up and down the country, raising money for good causes.
Sam Bailey - Sam Bailey shot to fame back in December 2013 after she was crowned winner of the X-Factor. Now 41, the singer has released two albums in the past five-years, with her debut album, titled: “The Power of Love” topping the UK charts at Number One!
Originally from London, Bailey has spent most of her life living in Leicester, and is a staunch supporter of her local club, Leicester City.
Jamie Reed - Nightclub promotor and Reality TV Star Jamie Reed will be also be lacing up his boots for the Prenton Park Charity Match.
Reed has starred in The Only Way Is Essex since his first appearance in the show back in 2012, and the 35-year-old previously worked at the Funky Mojoe nightclub in Essex prior to his Reality TV life.
Jimmy Constable - Toxteth-born Jimmy Constable, now aged 46, began his career on ITV Dance Music Show, The Hit Man and Her.
In 1992, he went onto form pop group 911, as the band’s lead vocalist.
The band enjoyed major success throughout the 90s decade, selling over 10 million albums and six million singles before they ultimately split up in 2000.
A lifelong supporter of his local club Liverpool, Constable will turn out at Prenton Park.
Nev Willtshire - Welshman Neville Wilshire is most famed for his time in BBC Three’s documentary, The Call Centre.
Wilshire oversaw the Swansea-based company and the fly-on-the-wall access gave viewers a look at what life is really like for him and his employees.
Since his success, Wilshire remained on our screens when an Indian revamp of the original show was aired, while he released a Christmas single and takes motivational speaking bookings.
Aaron Sidwell - Maidstone actor Aaron Sidwell is best known for role as Steven Beale In EastEnders.
Playing the role of his character for 10-years, Sidwell started on Albert Square in 2007 before leaving a decade later after an on/off stint in the East London-based show.
The 29-year-old has also spent time in the West End, appearing in “Loserville” and becoming the first English actor to play Johnny in Green Day’s “American Idiot” production.
Warren Phillips - A star of ITV Reality Show, Survival Of The Fittest, Phillips is all set to play at the home of Tranmere Rovers.
The 29-year-old Gloucestershire native took part in the show, which was filmed in South Africa and is a similar set up to Love Island.
Following the end of the show, Phillips continued to run his own clothing line, “Midas Gold.”
Dean Gaffney - Gaffney, aged 40, has appeared in many Television shows down the years, including spending a decade from 1993-2003 on EastEnders. Aside from his efforts on the small screen, the Hammersmith-born actor is also stage trained.
Gaffney has had his fair share of reality TV experiences throughout his career, winning “The Club” in 2003, while he also appeared on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2006.
MC Harvey - Rapper MC Harvey, real name Michael Harvey, rose to fame as a member of the band, So Solid Crew.
The 39-year-old Plymouth-born musician grew up in London, where he met his future bandmates before embarking on a solo career in 2008.
Harvey has also appeared on the stage in the West End, played semi-professional with Aldershot Town, St Albans City, Lewes and AFC Wimbledon and in 2012 he was a contestant on Big Brother.
James Hill - Aged 31, Hill was a contestant on the tenth series of The Apprentice back in 2014.
The Chesterfield-born reality personality has since gone onto make a name for himself, appearing on several television shows since his time spent with Sir Alan Sugar in the boardroom.
Hill later went onto enter the Big Brother House for its 2016 series, eventually winning the show!
He has also recently been in “Five Star Hotel.”