Thursday, May 8, 2014
The celebrities are poised, the captains are devising their tactics and tickets are selling fast - with organisers holding high hopes that in a few weeks Jamie’s Game 2 can top the success of last year’s match, we look back at the events of Jamie’s Game 2013.
With an audience of more than 7,000, the pressure was on the celebrity teams to deliver.
And they did - a total of 15 goals, £60,000 raised and a dramatic ending ensured that the game made exciting viewing and was a success for charity.
The two teams were captained by former Canaries winger - and event organiser - Darren Eadie and Norfolk-born TV presenter Jake Humphrey.
Former Canaries Darren Huckerby, Iwan Roberts and Dean Ashton were joined by a host of famous faces including Harry Judd and Danny Jones from McFly, Lowestoft’s Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo and rapper Harvey.
Jones was the first to score, with a top-right corner goal giving Eadie’s team a 1-0 lead. Soon after, Huckerby got his first goal with a curling low effort from the left of the box, putting them 2-0 ahead.
A comeback from Harvey brought the team to 2-1, but two goals in two minutes from Eadie and Roberts saw their team steam ahead to 4-1.
Before half-time, the score went to 6-1.
The second half saw even more goals - with another eight scored - including a hatrick from former X Factor contestant Derry Mensah.
Two late penalties turned the result on its head - with the first scored by man of the match Danny from McFly, and the second by Jamie Abbott - a 17-year-old with Down’s Syndrome and an ambassador for the charity.
The money for the appeal - run by the Community Sports Foundation - went towards providing sporting opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged people in Norfolk.
Speaking at the time, Jamie’s father Paul Abbott said his son’s time with CSF had benefitted him.
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.”
Jamie’s Game 2 will take place on May 25 at Carrow Road, the day after another Sellebrity-organised event - a performance from UK pop band The Hoosiers at OPEN Norwich as part of their Tour from Nowhere.
Aiming to please football fans as well as music lovers, the Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Final match will be broadcast on the big screen before the number one band perform live.
• The Hoosiers will perform at OPEN Norwich on Saturday, May 24. Doors open at 7pm.
Tickets for the performance and the Champions League Final are £10 and are available from the OPEN Norwich Box Office on London Street or by calling 01603 763111.
• Jamie’s Game 2 will take place at Carrow Road at 3pm on Sunday, May 25.
General sale tickets are priced at £1 for under-17s and £10 for adults and are available here or through the Norwich City ticket office on 0844 8261902.
We are giving you the opportunity to win two tickets to the match, or to a The Hoosiers gig the night before. Click here for your chance to enter.