On Sunday 9th July 2017, Show Racism the Red Card (SRtRC) partnered with Growers United Football Club (GUFC) to host a Charity Football Match to raise both funds, and awareness, for Show Racism the Red Card, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Cancer Research UK. The Charity Match between the Show Racism the Red Card Legends and Growers United FC was the last game of the weekend to be played. It followed on from junior and adult tournaments that had been played on both the Saturday and Sunday.
With kick-off scheduled for 15:30 both teams arrived early at Evesham United’s ground where the match would take place. The Growers United team was made up of many individuals from the local produce industry. Representatives from local farms such as Vicarage Nurseries, Hargreaves Plants and Pro Seal made up the GUFC team. The Show Racism the Red Card team had a number of former professional footballers as well as actors and other sporting names. The team included Alan Kennedy, Terry Angus, Gary Bennett, Ben Ryan-Davies, Mark Walters, Ritchie Humphreys, Trevor Sinclair, Paul Walsh, Marcus Gayle, Richy Silky Skills, Kash the Flash and Jared Garfield. The SRtRC Legends team was managed by former Liverpool FC player & SRtRC Hall of Fame member, Howard Gayle.
After a brief warm-up, both teams walked out on to the pitch with the mascots who were carrying the SRtRC flag. Before kick-off there was a one minute silence for Bradley Lowery who tragically lost his life after a battle with neuroblastoma cancer last week.
After a shake of the hands the officials got the game underway. The game was played in a competitive but friendly manner and it had its fair share of drama. GUFC went one up after a well worked counter-attack in the first fifteen minutes of the game, however, Trevor Sinclair pulled one back just before half-time with his strike from just inside the opposition box. The SRtRC Legends went 2-1 up early in the second half but soon after GUFC got one back to make it 2-2. Terry Angus had the opportunity to make it 3-2 to the SRtRC Legends but he failed to convert from the spot after a fine save from the GUFC keeper. The game finished 2-2 and SRtRC Legends went on to win the game after a penalty shootout.
After the game both teams were awarded medals for their participation in the charity match and the Show Racism the Red Card team were all given a complimentary fruit baskets courtesy of Growers United FC.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to thank Evesham United F.C for hosting the day. A massive thank you to Bal Padda and everyone involved with Growers United FC for organising the day and for the hospitality that was shown from start to finish. A big thank you to all the player who took the time out of their day to play for GUFC and SRtRC Legends. And finally, thank you to all the supporters who came down to support the charity match and cheer on both teams.