Avid football supporter, Keith Halman, has come up with a unique idea to raise funds for CLIC Sargent in to commemoration of the infamous 9-0 defeat of Ipswich Town versus Manchester United in 1995.
42 players, 12 hour match
Keith has challenged friends, family and fellow footballers to score as many goals as possible in a game which will start at 9am and finish at 9pm on Saturday 14 March at Goals Soccer Centre, Ipswich.
The marathon game will mark 20 years since the original 9-0 defeat, still a premier league record, and Keith hopes this will be an opportunity for fans to “get their own back” in seven-a-side match to end all matches whilst raising funds for children and young people with cancer.
The game, named 'Town versus United Redemption' will see more than 42 players of all ages and abilities play a total of four hours each, with two hours of rest for every hour played.
Keith said: "I wanted to raise money for this brilliant charity which helps so many families. My passion is football and the anniversary of the most spectacular defeat in premier league history is coming up so it just seemed like the perfect opportunity.
“Kirk and the staff at Goals have been really supportive of this challenge and I just hope that we have enough players on the day to help us make it through to 9pm. We’d love to have some ex-Ipswich Town players on board!”
“We’ll have the opportunity for players to keep their energy up by making food runs to and from Bears Boutique Bowling who are offering a special menu for the challenge.”
CLIC Sargent Fundraising Manager Daisy Turner said: “We are thrilled that Keith has come up with such a unique fundraising idea and I hope lots of players will get involved to complete the challenge.”
"Last year, CLIC Sargent cared for 67 young cancer patients from Suffolk and distributed support grants to these families totalling over £11,000 which is why fundraising events like these are so important.”
Get involved in the match
Players have been asked to each raise a minimum of £50 sponsorship on top of £5 entry fee and Keith hopes to raise a grand total of £3,000 in support of children and young people with cancer.