2014 – Fixtures

We are no longer taking bookings for the 2014 season.  Please check back for 2015.

Wishing you every success with your fundraising!

Showbiz XI Management Team

2014 Playing Squad

The following players are in our squad for the forthcoming season.

Ex-pros:

Darren Anderton, Dave Beasant, Bertie Brayley, Derek Browne, John Dreyer, John Hartson, Paul Hyde, Nigel Jemson, Paul Jones, Andy Legg, Paul Merson, Scott Oakes, Simon Osborne, Carlton Palmer, Derek Payne, Cyrille Regis,  Dave Regis, Otis Roberts, Mark Stein, Des Walker

Singers/entertainers/actors:

Steve Brookstein, Lewis Clay,Terry Coldwell, Louis Cordice, Danny Edwards, James Graham,  Paul Hendy,  JK, Rob Lamarr, Lyracis, Mike McLean, Danny Osborne,  Duncan Powe, DJ Preemo, Coree Richards, Mr Rootsy,   Alec Utgoff

Due to the success and high number of fixture enquiries this season, we are recruiting! 

If you are an ex-pro of premiership/championship standard or have celebrity status and are looking to participate in a well-organised, high standard game of football, please contact us via our email link or DM on Twitter.  We will require brief details of career.

 

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Match Report – Tesco.com v Showbiz Xi – 22nd September 2013

Tesco XI 0-4 Showbiz XI                                                  Reporter: Natalia Bradford

Richards 4,17; Brayley 34; Regis 40

On a day where all the TV talk was about the Manchester derby, the real action at the other end of the country saw the Showbiz XI end their season in emphatic style, defeating a Tesco XI 4-0 at Maidstone United’s state of the art Gallagher Stadium.

Playing on a 3G surface for the first time, there was little time to get acclimatised to the pitch with action at both ends of the field within seconds of the kick off. The first chance falling to the hosts, but the resulting shot was scuffed wide by the Tesco man when it seemed easier to score.

If the Showbiz side needed a wake-up call, then it certainly did the trick. Damage’s Coree Richards making no mistake with his side’s first effort at goal. Lovely interchange play from former Notts County and Stoke man Dave Regis found ex-Chelsea star Mark Stein in the penalty area, and with a lovely lay off to his right and in the direction of Richards, the forward made no mistake from six yards out to open the scoring with no more than four minutes on the referee’s watch.

The sting in the tail from the visitors seemed to be a catalyst for Tesco to kick on from their bright start with two golden opportunities from close range to draw the scores level, but neither found their way past Paul Hyde in the Showbiz goal. And Tesco were to rue their profligacy in front of goal on the 17 minute mark.

A whipped free kick from the left touchline by ex-Swindon, QPR and Chelmsford City midfielder Bertie Brayley found the forehead of Richards once more. The goalkeeper can count himself a tad unfortunate not to have kept the ball out, despite getting a touch on its way in, but it mattered not for Richards, who doubled the Showbiz lead and his own personal tally for the afternoon and that of the Showbiz team.

From then on in, Richards was on a one-man mission to collect a hat-trick and the coveted match ball, but it wasn’t to be for the singer. But all was not lost, as ten minutes before half time the spectators saw the goal of the match. The impressive Bertie Brayley picked the ball up in the centre of midfield before unleashing an unstoppable curling effort into the corner of the net from all of 20-yards. On this occasion, there was nothing the Tesco goalkeeper could have done to stop the midfielder’s magnificent effort.

And Dave Regis’ cheeky chip from six yards put the gloss on a fine performance for the Showbiz team, but they weren’t without some scares.

Former Gillingham youth team player, turned DJ; Dave D’Mello certainly tested the Showbiz backline on a number of occasions, and was unlucky to see terrific efforts cannon off the woodwork not once; but twice in the second half. His first effort cannoning off the base of the post following a 50-50 challenge with keeper Hyde, and then seeing a turn & shot from the edge of the area late on in the game strike the underside of the crossbar leaving stand-in keeper Rob Lamarr stranded.

For all their effort and endeavour and despite the convincing looking score line, the Tesco side can hold their heads up high. And after all, with just over £3,300 raised for Diabetes UK, charity was the real winner on the day.

 

Man of the Match:

Showbiz XI: Coree Richards

Maidstone Utd FC – Sunday 22nd September – KO 2.30pm

Andy Hayward, Tesco.com Community Champion, has organised this event on behalf of Tesco in aid of Diabetes UK and Maidstone Day Centre.

Tickets available from Barclays Bank, Maidstone United FC and Tesco, MaidstonePrint

Adults £4, Youth £2, Concessions £2, U11 yrs FOC, Family £10

Address:  Maidstone United FC, Gallagher Stadium, James Whatman Way, ME14 1LQ

This is part of a fundraising charity weekend event in aid of Diabetes UK and Maidstone Day Centre, the Tesco nominated charity for 2013 from 1pm-6pm with side stalls, refreshments, and much more going on around the ground culminating in a post-match auction with  25 main lots up for grabs.  These include:-

A VIP visit to the Lotus F1 garage * Signed photos from Jenson Button & Sergio Perez F1 photo, Michael Buble, David Jason , Roger Lloyd-Pack (Trigger) * Dartboard & Simon Whitlock darts + much more from the world of TV and sport

The event has been sponsored by Barclays Bank with Europa Sports and Mitre supplying a full kit and warm up shirts for both teams.

Team:

Ex-pros: Carlton Palmer, Andy Legg, Mark Stein, Otis Roberts, Derek Payne, Bertie Brayley

Singers/entertainers: Terry Coldwell, James Graham, Danny Edwards, Rob Lamarr, Lewis Clay

 

 

Showbiz XI v Non League Legends – Link to Photos from Alan Palmer – 1/9/13

Match Report – Showbiz XI v Non League Legends 1st September – Wealdstone FC

Showbiz XI 1 – Non League Legends 2

Whilst the Sky pundits chewed the cud about the Man Utd v Liverpol and Arsenal v Spurs derbies, real football people focused their attentions on the big derby of the day the Showbiz XI v Non League Legends.

With friendships and credentials of the players spanning both sides there was a competitive whiff in the air – perhaps we need to look for a deodorant brand as a sponsor – and plenty of banter. Being the day before transfer deadline there was some noticeable trading of players between the two teams even before kick-off with the credentials of many of the players qualifying them to play for either side.

Starting squads agreed and two last minute linesman found, the game kicked off  and it was the Non League Legends who got to grips with the sunshine and warmth in the middle faster; in particular, the diminutive Derek Payne who shunned normal commentary responsibilities to tirelessly run the midfield with his give and goes. Unfortunately his supporting forward line of Les Ferdinand, Tony Kelly and Dave Regis seemed to just lack that extra yard of pace (or any pace if we are honest!) to capitalise on possession.

As the half wore-on and the game got more competitive however, the more youthful members of the Showbiz side began to shine. Harry Potter star Louis Cordice was bright down the left-hand side waving his right foot wand to force the first save of the game out of Paul Hyde midway through the half only to the assistant referee waving his flag for offside anyway.

Fellow Showbiz midfielder Danny Osborne forced an extra cheer from the gaggle of teenage TOWIE fans shortly after when he strode into the box but lifted his right footed cross just a little too high for Cordice who could only get a glancing touch on the ball in front of goal.

At the back it was the towering defenders of ex-England international Carlton Palmer for the Showbiz XI and chief reporter for the Non League Paper Stuart Hammonds who stood out, not for their height but for their silky ball skills and sensible touches.

Just when it looked like it may be heading for a goalless first half the Showbiz XI broke the deadlock. A long ball from the back saw Dan Edwards and Mark Stein link for a 1-2 just outside the box and Edwards coolly chipped home over the head of Paul Hyde to make it 1-0 Showbiz.

A little half time re-group and some substitutions followed at the break and they were to prove decisive. Just two minutes into the second half, the youthful Nathan Kelly made an immediate impact from the bench curling low from the edge of the box in off the post to bring the sides level.

Then followed a period of pressure from the Showbiz side with Cordice proving a handful, first with a step-over and shot just off target from the edge of the box, then a run down the left resulting in a fine save low to his left by Hyde that the referee somehow gave as a goal kick.

On the hour mark Cordice beat Hyde with a shot only to see Allan Bird ‘race’ back to clear off the Non League Legends line and midway through the half Palmer rose high to head the ball on the run only to be denied by the crossbar.

Those chances were to be rued when moments later Nathan Kelly netted his and the Non League Legends second latching on to a long ball n lobbing Rob Lamarr in the Showbiz goal.

In the closing stages of the game it was the Showbiz XI who looked most likely to score again with Paul Hyde having to show his reactions are still strong to save from his own man and Hyde even having to pick the ball from his net after Mark Stein looped in a lovely free kick only to be ordered to take it again by the referee.

So 2-1 to the Non League Legends it remained until the final whistle, when the real banter could begin with special mention to Wayne Butfoye’s suit that reminded everybody of the good spirit the game had been played in.

Men of the match awards went to Danny Osborne for the Showbiz XI and Derek Payne for the Non League Legends and more importantly money was raised for Lesley and Helen’s Women v Cancer fundraising.

Showbiz Xi

Rob Lamarr, Kevin Lamb, Chevy Hart, Palmer, Phil Gridelet, Dan Edwards, Coree Richards, Louis Cordice, Mark Stein, Danny Osborne, DJ Preemo, Carl Davies, Wayne Butfoye

Non League Legends

Paul Hyde, Chris Walton, Reg Leather, Stuart Hammonds, John Dreyer, Otis Roberts, Derek Payne, Tony Knight, Dave Regis, Les Ferdinand, Tony Kelly, Neil Stevens, Nathan Kelly

Written by Tim Fuell, Journalist

Breaking News – TOWIE @ Wealdstone FC – Sunday 1st September!

Danny Osborne and Little Chris (Chris Drake) from TOWIE are our latest signings and will be joining us on Sunday 1st September to play football in aid of Women v Cancer!

Come on down to Wealdstone FC, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ – KO 3pm

See Fixture information for more stars and ex-pros……

Carlton Palmer, Cyrille Regis, Les Ferdinand, Dan Edwards, Maxi Priest,  Rob Lamarr, Coree Richards, DJ Preemo, Louis Cordice – to name but a few.

Wealdstone FC (Ruislip) – Sunday 1st September – KO 3pm

Our latest fixture is in aid of Women v Cancer and takes place next weekend – Sunday 1st September 2013 – appearances from Cyrille Regis and Les Ferdinand!

Address:   Wealdstone FC, Grosvenor Vale, Ruislip, HA4 6JQ

Kick off:  3pm

Players confirmed so far include:-

Terry Coldwell – singer/songwriter/DJ - East 17

Louis Cordice – Actor, Harry Potter

John Dreyer – ex-Bradford (Premiership), Luton Town

Dan Edwards – UK TV & Radio Presenter – MOTD Kickabout

Rob Lamarr – Presenter – SuperCasino

Andy Legg – Welsh International, ex-Birmingham, Cardiff, Notts County, Swansea

Carlton Palmer – ex England International

Derek Payne – ex-Watford, Three Counties Radio

DJ Preemo – UK DJ

Maxi Priest – Reggae Legend

Dave Regis – ex-Birmingham, Notts County, Southend, Barnet

Coree Richards – singer/songwriter/actor – Damage

Otis Roberts – Grenadian International, CEO Jason Roberts Foundation

For more information on our players, see individual player details under ‘The Team’ dropdown menu

Looking forward to seeing you!

 

Bushey – Sunday18th August – KO 3pm – MORE BREAKING NEWS!!!!

This fixture takes place at the Metropolitan Police Sports Ground with doors opening at midday in aid of The Peace Hospice.

ON THE FIELD WE WILL HAVE A TOTAL OF 9 EX-INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS WITH 62 CAPS BETWEEN THEM - 15 EX-PROS – 9 EX-PREMIERSHIP PLAYERS + A LOT OF FOOTBALLING TALENT FROM OUR CELEBS

THIS IS GOING TO BE A “PROPER” GAME OF FOOTBALL!!!!  DON’T MISS OUT!!!!

Address: Metropolitan Police Sports Ground, Aldenham Rd, Bushey,  WD23 2TR

Entry:        Adults £3  Children £2Fun Day Advert (1)

Children go free if tickets purchased in advance.

Confirmed players so far (in alphabetical order), subject to illness, injury and late work commitments are:-

Terry Coldwell – singer/songwriter/DJ - East 17

John Dreyer – ex-Bradford (Premiership), Luton Town

Dan Edwards – UK TV & Radio Presenter – MOTD Kickabout

Phil Gridelet – ex-Barnet, Southend, Barnsley

Jason King aka JK – Heart Radio ‘Drivetime’

Rob Lamarr – Presenter – SuperCasino

Andy Legg – Welsh International, ex-Birmingham, Cardiff, Notts County, Swansea

Lyracis – Rapper

Mike McClean – TV Presenter

Carlton Palmer – ex England International

Derek Payne – ex-Watford, Three Counties Radio

DJ Preemo – UK DJ

Dave Regis – ex-Birmingham, Notts County, Southend, Barnet

Coree Richards – singer/songwriter/actor – Damage

Otis Roberts – Grenadian International, CEO Jason Roberts Foundation

London Roots aka “Mr Rootsy” - Rapper/singer/recording artist

For more information on our players, see individual player details under ‘The Team’ dropdown menu

Looking forward to seeing you!