Celebrities, firefighters and survivors gather for thrilling and touching Game4Grenfell
The game pulled together to raise money for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire did not disappoint.
Celebrities and footballers have been joined by survivors and firefighters to play a football match to raise funds for those affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.
Played at QPR’s Loftus Road stadium, just a mile from the tower, the Game4Grenfell played in front of a sell-out crowd.
The tragedy at Grenfell Tower claimed at least 80 lives in June, though the exact number is not known.
During the blaze, scores of firefighters put their lives in danger to save those trapped in the burning building and four such men took to the field on Saturday.
35' Special substitutions for both sides, as four firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower fire are introduced!— QPR FC (@QPRFC) September 2, 2017
Greg Jules, Adam Foster, David Badillo and Dean Smith all took to the field.
Four survivors of the blaze entered the fray too – walking on at 80 minutes.
Also in attendance was survivor Nicholas Burton, who escaped from the 19th floor of the burning building. Burton walked onto the pitch to lay a wreath before the match, accompanied by QPR chairman Tony Fernandes and club legend Les Ferdinand.
“We’ve got a lot of old, tragic memories, today’s about making new ones,” said Burton before the game. “All the families are sitting together. We’ve come together and it’s very important we stay as a family. We’re a family now.”
The game was a corker too, with the two teams, one managed by Alan Shearer and the other by Ferdinand, proving a tight contest.
The match finished 2-2 at the final whistle, after Kasabian’s bass player Chris Edwards scored the equaliser in the final 15 minutes – sending it to penalties.
In the end, the game was won by a penalty from singer Olly Murs – as the shootout finished 5-3 to Team Ferdinand.
The likes of comedian Jack Whitehall, former England goalkeeper David Seaman and British athletics talisman Sir Mo Farah, all played the match – which looked like a breeze for the double double Olympic champion runner…
When you are totally gassed after one half of football, while the 10,000m Olympic gold medalist beside you is having a total breeze pic.twitter.com/BePGEWWrBX— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) September 2, 2017
One of the most eagerly anticipated appearances though was that of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as a goalkeeper – he came on in the second half – and soon found himself facing penalties.
The game was attended by thousands and, despite the excellent football, it was always clear what the day was all about – raising money and rebuilding.
Big love to everyone who came to the #Game4Grenfell today and shout out to the players.. to donate £3 text Grenfell to 70007— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) September 2, 2017