On Tuesday 14th May, Chelsea FC hosted a memorial football match organised by Show Racism the Red Card, The Football Association (FA), The Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The match was played in memory of Graham Taylor OBE and Cyrille Regis MBE.
The MP’s and Ex-Pro’s arrived at Stamford Bridge at 9am on Tuesday morning where they went straight to the away changing room to get ready for the match. After a quick warm-up and a group photo the match kicked off. The Ex-Pro’s took and early lead which they built on throughout the remainder of the first half. Former Chelsea FC Striker, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, was one of the scorers in the first half who helped the Ex-Pro’s to a comfortable 4-0 advantage when the referee blew for half time. After a quick break, and plenty of water, the second half was underway. The MP’s fought back into the match with two quickfire goals. The Ex-Pro’s however came out on top and the game finished 8-4 to the former professional footballers.
After the game, the players headed to the executive lounge at Stamford Bridge where food was served. After lunch, Show Racism the Red Card Chief Executive, Ged Grebby, thanked Chelsea FC, The FA and The PFA for all of their help in organising the match. Former Professional Footballer, Jason Lee, paid tribute to Graham Taylor. Jason Played for Graham at Watford FC and he spoke about the impact that Graham had on his professional, and personal, life. Chris Powell, Former Professional Footballer and England International, then paid tribute to Cyrille Regis and the positive impact that he had on himself as an individual and many other black footballers. Ian Murray MP then spoke on behalf of the MP’s and spoke about why he supports Show Racism the Red Card and why the need for anti-racism education for young people is so important.
Show Racism the Red Card would like to say a HUGE thank you to Chelsea FC for hosting the memorial match and specifically to Chelsea FC Chairman, Bruce Buck, for his continued support. Also a massive thank you to The FA and The PFA for all of their help in organising the match and for their continued support. And finally, thank you to all of the MP’s and Ex-Pro’s who took the time out of their day to play in the match.