Cambridge United FC Charity Match
The third Mick George Charity Match that took place on Friday night, from the Cambs Glass Stadium certainly lived up to its ‘billing’, while raising a commendable £4,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in the process.
Many familiar faces from yesteryear returned to ‘don’ the U’s strip alongside twenty life-long Club’ supporters. While the dugouts withstood the verbal pounding of CEO Jez George and the much-welcomed homecoming of the charismatic Richard Money, who each took up the managerial reigns of the two respective teams.
A frantic start to the match saw a flurry of goal activity. Left-back, Malcolm Campbell produced a ‘dummy’ that Cristiano Ronaldo would have been proud of, had it not let in the oppositions forward, and fellow fan, Michael Fitzsimons to open the scoring for the away team (0.1).
The compliment was quickly repaid, when Home team defender Ryan Slater displayed some comical defending of his own, turning the ball on to his own crossbar, before Trevor Benjamin or ‘Bruno’ as he is more commonly known in these parts converted the rebound (1.1).
And all of this within the first 5 minutes. With the match in serious danger of ending in a twenty-one-all draw, the game gradually began to calm and started to take shape, reminiscent of the football that usually graces the hallowed turf of the Cambs Glass Stadium. Continues.....
As manager George’ stated in his post-match speech, these ‘pro’s’ ‘never lose their competitive edge, love of the game or their ability’, and nobody echoed that sentiment more than Club legend, Luke Chadwick who produced a ‘mazy’ run, bypassing at least 5 defenders, who could only stand and observe admiringly, before tucking it past the Home team goalkeeper (1.2).
Desperate not to be outshone, and despite the best efforts of Goalkeeper Danny Potter who was sensational on the night, there he was again, Trevor Benjamin rolled back the years with another tap in, to level the match at 2.2.
However, for the next half-hour it was one-way traffic from the Away team. Andy Sinton showed exactly why he reached the echelons he did, Luke Chadwick continued to impress, and Danny Potter was pretty much ‘unbeatable’.
But it was the U’s fan’s that delivered the devastating blows. David Jenkinson, Ben White and William Thoday, plus another from Chadwick (3.6), seemingly put the game out of reach, which even brought a smile to the face of the nonchalant Richard Money’ who once again had the ‘Midas’ touch from the side-lines. Continues....
At this point, had it been a ‘Boxing’ match, the towel would have been thrown in.
Or maybe not. Jez George’ decided to lay the ‘Ace’ from his pack - Club’ Media Manager, Tom Stewart He changed the game, setting up ‘Big Trev’ who completed his hat-trick in what seemed to be a mere consolation, before the matches youngest player, Brandon Hedge made the game interesting, finishing, to make it 4.6.
Nearing the end, the Away team scored once more to seal-the-deal (4.7), before the last remaining professional to find the net, Omer Riza clinched the final goal of the evening just shy of the final whistle.
Proceedings may have concluded on the pitch, but back inside there were still the formalities of speeches, Man of the Match presentations and extra fundraising opportunities with the raffle.
Deservedly so, David Jenkinson claimed the signed match-ball with his Man of the Match display, while an acquaintance of Cambridge News representative in the match, Andrew Georgeson appeared more appreciative of her signed Chadwick’ shirt than her friend’s performance on the pitch. The night concluded with a generous donation from Danny Potter of his Goal-Keeping gloves, the only thing that slipped through his fingers on the night.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Once again, it was another tremendous occasion that everyone involved should be very proud of. The event has managed to raise a fantastic £12,000 since its initiation three-years back, as well as providing many money can’t but memories for those fans who have participated.‘’