Football fan plays in charity match with celebrities

From left Harry Judd, competition winner James Scotcher and Robbie Savage celebrate after winning 4-3 at the William Hill Foundation Cup
From left Harry Judd, competition winner James Scotcher and Robbie Savage celebrate after winning 4-3 at the William Hill Foundation Cup
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A football fan took part in a celebrity match at the weekend after winning the chance of a lifetime in a competition on Twitter.

James Scotcher, 27, of Stanley Street, Stamford was chosen to play in the match after answering a question set on Twitter by one of the team captains, former Leicester City player Robbie Savage.

The celebrity match, played in front of about 2,000 people at Northampton’s Sixfields stadium on Sunday was the inaugural William Hill Foundation Cup game – raising about £20,000 for charity Project Africa.

James, who is a shop floor assistant at Waitrose, was the only non-celebritiy to take part in the match. The Manchester United fan played for 35 minutes in midfield and defence.

James said: “It was really surreal. I walked out onto the pitch with Duggy from McFly and all the girls in the crowd where screaming for him.

“It was a day of a lot of firsts but it was great because I was just part of the team.

“It was like playing with your mates because I knew everyone’s faces from TV.

“I haven’t played football for a while but I got a few good tackles in.”

Celebrities playing the game included former Blue boy band member Anthony Costa, The Only Way is Essex star Mario Falcone, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan, TV presenter Vernon Kay and boy band McFly.