MPs and ex-Professional footballers support the SRtRC campaign
Millwall FC and Millwall For All teamed up with Show Racism the Red Card to host a special game in support of the campaign between a cross-party team of MPs and a team of former professional footballers at The Den.
The teams kicked off at 10:00am after having met Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham and having photos taken of the teams lining up. It was the first time that a professional football club has hosted such a game for the campaign in England.
The Show Racism the Red Card Select XI won the game 4-0, with a line-up that included players such as Paul Mortimer, Luther Blissett, Paul Canoville, Richard Shaw, Dean Gordon, Brian Deane, Michael Bennett, Christian Roberts, Olivier Bernard, Curtis Fleming, Kenneth Monkou, Dan Gerrard, Paul Davis and Gary Phillips, managed by Leroy Rosenior.
There was great support from the UK Parliamentary FC for the game as well, the MPs squad included: Steve Parratt, Clive Betts MP, Steve Hepburn MP, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Karl McCartney MP, David Burrowes MP, Gregg McClymont MP, Bill Esterson MP, Steve Rotheram MP, Paul Farrelly MP, John Leech MP, Dave Hodges and Nick Cusack (PFA)
Millwall FC Chief Executive Andy Ambler stated: “Millwall Football Club have been major supporters of “Show Racism the Red Card” and its pioneering work over many years, and we are pleased to support their application to be nominated as the FA Charity of the Year for 2011.
We share SRTRC’s commitment to promoting greater equality and understanding within football and the wider community which we have demonstrated through our ‘Millwall For All’ initiative.
We are proud to have been asked to be club partners for this event and to offer our facilities for the staging of the match.
The match was followed by a presentation of the SRtRC Challenge Cup and Man of the Match award, won by the UK Parlaintary FC goalkeeper, Steve Parratt then a reception at the Houses of Parliament with both teams travelling to Westminster in a coach provided by Millwall FC.
Ged Grebby, Show Racism the Red Card’s Chief Executive, said:
“Show Racism the Red Card was delighted to be able to organise this special match to celebrate our bid to be named FA Charity of the Year 2011. We are really grateful to Millwall FC and Millwall For All for all of their support in organising the game and their ongoing support for the campaign. I know that all of the ex-pros and the MPs were looking forward to the game at The Den and it was great to see them out there.”
Leroy Rosenior, manager of the SRtRC Select XI said “As a player I used to hate coming to Millwall because as a black player I did get a lot of stick. I think it is fitting that this match is now being staged here, because the work that Millwall have done in turning things round and making the Den a place I enjoy visiting has been first class.”
To see the report from the Millwall FC website click here
The match had some brilliant press coverage with a film made by Millwall FC, Tyne Tees television, Talksport and London FM radio stations, The Telegraph and the Bexley Times all covering the story.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Millwall FC, Millwall For All, The PFA and the UK Parliamentary FC, as well as all of the ex-professional footballers for their support of this special event and the campaign.