Bend it like Midcounties
The stars of Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks joined the players from Midcounties Co-op to raise money for local good causes.
Published 10 Jul 2017
Celebrities from Britain’s favourite soaps took to the pitch to score for local charities in a thrilling football match against Midcounties – raising £6,000.
Hundreds of football and TV fans braved the rain over the August Bank Holiday to watch the stars of Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Grange Hill play against Midcounties Co-operative.
The JET2 TV Allstars team was captained by Coronation Street’s Alan Halsall, who plays Tyrone Dobbs. He was joined on the pitch by colleagues Andy Whyment (Kirk Sutherland), Dean Fagan (Luke Britton) and Trevor Lynch (Patrick Tussell), Emmerdale’s Anthony Quinlan, who plays Pete Barton, Chris Bisson (Vikram Desai) and Hollyoaks stars Nick Pickard (Tony Hutchinson), Rishi Nair (Sami Maalik), Jacob Roberts (Damon Kinsella), and Ashley Taylor Dawson (Darren Osborne), plus Chris Perry-Metcalfe (Grange Hill) and Alex Lawler (EastEnders).
Co-op take the lead
Stuart Newman, head of retail, Co-op Pharmacy, captained The Society’s team, which included Midcounties Co-operative social responsibility manager, Mike Pickering, and Alan Bamber, assistant management accountant. Alan scored to take the lead in the match at Rushall Olympic Football Club, Walsall.
The TV Allstars battled back, with football star Ryan Giggs’s brother Rhodri scoring twice in the second half to win the match for the TV team 2-1.
Afterwards, the celebrities took part in an entertaining penalty shoot-out and met the crowd.
Part of Midcounties’ regional communities strategy, the match raised £6,000 from ticket sales.
The money was distributed among several local charities, including exploitation prevention charity Street Teams, Alzheimer support groups ALZ Café and Monthly Alzheimer Support Evenings (MASE), Beacon Vision – a blind and sight loss support centre – as well as Codsall Village Hall.
Alistair Rowland, general manager of the Midcounties Co-op group, said, ‘This was a great way of raising awareness and much-needed funding.’