They say you shouldn’t mix football and politics, but next Thursday, February 15th that’s not going to be possible!
A team of All-Stars are taking on a Chester FC select, and local MP Justin Madders is swapping the ballot box for the penalty box!
Broadcaster and Journalist Colin Murray, Chester-born superstar Michael Owen and true blue Jeff Banks, came up with the idea as a way to relieve the club of their current financial shortfall, without having to ask fans for a hand out.
Now, Madders, member of Parliament for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has been given the vote of confidence.
He said, “I am delighted to be able to take part in the fundraising match and I promise the spectators I’ll give a performance they’ll not forget in a hurry.
“It’s great that we have such big names coming and I’m sure the public will respond by coming to the game in huge numbers to give the club a much needed boost.”
He’s just one new name is a line up that so far includes Michael Owen, David Thompson, Chris Iwelumo, Maik Taylor, Danny Webber, Keith Gillespie, Neil Mellor, Paddy McCourt, Perry Groves, Danny Higginbotham and Andy Griffin, with more names to follow!
Colin Murray said, “Justin contacted me and talked a very good game. He plays regularly and claims to be somewhat of a hidden talent.
“He better be as good as he says, or he’ll be a ‘remainer’… on the bench!
“I did ask him what his ‘position’ but like every politician he didn’t give me a bloody straight answer!”
Neil Young’s Chester FC Select side so far boasts the return to the Swansway Chester Stadium of the likes of Iain Howard, Chris Simm, Bradley Barnes, Matty McNeil, Matty McGinn, Ben Mills, along with Paul Linwood, and announced this morning, former Chester City striker Ryan Lowe. More former Blues are expected to be announced over the weekend as the big games draws closer.
Tickets are available from the Chester FC Ticket Office, either in person or by calling 01244 371376 during the club’s opening hours, Monday-Friday 10am-4pm. It will also be pay at the gate too with the admission £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s.
As the game is a fundraising event to help raise money for the club, fans are asked to consider making a donation before entering the turnstiles on the night. All donations will be greatly appreciated.
The Blues Bar will also be open to the fans from 5pm on Thursday night, with Colin Murray aiming to speak to the fans inside the bar prior to the match itself.
Kick off on Thursday 15th February, is at 7.45pm.