Belfast Telegraph

Take that! Celebs score for charity

Robbie Williams' England side beat a team of Hollywood A-listers and football legends 3-1 in the fourth Soccer Aid at Manchester's Old Trafford stadium.

Two teams of celebrities, including Hollywood actors Will Ferrell, Edward Norton and Michael Sheen, clashed in the game which raised more than £4 million for Unicef.

The Soccer Aid event saw an England side, led by Take That's Robbie, take on a Rest of the World team.

Before the game Soccer Aid had raised more than £6.5 million through ticket sales and donations, with all profits going to Unicef's work helping children across the world. Today the Government pledged to match all the cash raised through donations.

Players on the England team included comedians John Bishop and Paddy McGuinness, singers Olly Murs and Mark Owen, with Robbie as team captain.

They were joined by former footballers including Graeme Le Saux, Martin Keown, Kevin Phillips, David Seaman, Teddy Sheringham and Des Walker.

Playing for the Rest of the World were actor Gerard Butler, former boxer Joe Calzaghe and Hollywood superstars Will Ferrell, Woody Harrelson, James McAvoy, Ed Norton and Mike Myers. Also playing was chef Gordon Ramsay with star of stage and screen Michael Sheen as captain.

The first half came to an end with the Rest of the World team 1-0 up, thanks to a goal from Kasabian guitarist Sergio Pizzorno.

In the second half Chef Gordon Ramsay was carried off the pitch on a stretcher after a late challenge from former England international Teddy Sheringham. Shortly afterwards Sheringham deflected a Graeme Le Saux shot into the back of the net to equalise for England.

Then, just minutes later, Jonathan Wilkes put England 2-1 up. Kevin Phillips rounded off the game with a goal in the 89th minute to seal a 3-1 win for England.


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