On Sunday 3 April, our Academy Stadium will host ‘Manchester Remembers’, a charity football match between footballing legends and celebrities to commemorate the victims of the Manchester Arena attack.
All the money raised will be donated to five charities, and tickets are available to buy here.
Former Manchester City players Peter Reid and Joe Royle will be in charge of coaching the celebrities’ team, while Sam Allardyce will manage the former players.
Famous comedian, Jason Manford will play for the celebrity team alongside Paddy McGuiness, while Trevor Sinclair will feature for the former players along with Paul Merson and Clayton Blackmore.
Adult tickets will be priced at £20 and concessionary tickets at £10. All the money raised will be donated to the following charities - some of which were set up by the families who lost loved ones in the arena attack in 2017 - Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust, Liv’s Trust, The Megan Hurley Foundation, The Remembering Nell Foundation and Eilidh's Trust.
The event has been organised by former police officer Aaron Lee and local business owner Paul Corrigan.
Aaron was one of the first responders on the scene at the Manchester Arena five years ago. Since then, he has continued to have a close relationship with the victims' families and has taken part in several activities to raise funds for the charities.
He said: “Since the attack we’ve raised over £44,000 for charities that directly support the victims' families and young people across Greater Manchester, and the Manchester Remembers football match is a massive opportunity to try and double that total.
“What happened on that night shocked not just Manchester but the world. As we approach the five-year anniversary, Paul and I knew we had to do something special and remember those that were so sadly taken from their families and felt launching a city-wide football game would help us raise funds that could really make a difference.”
Hospitality tickets start from £100 and include a 3-course meal as well as drinks before and after the game.