Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shephard, the man behind the launch of Soccer Aid in 2004, was known for his larger-than-life attitude. Having passed away in 2017, Freddy has left behind a whopping legacy of £25million (approx Rs 226 crore as per today’s rate) through Soccer Aid, that his charity has managed to raise in the 14 years since its launch. This year too, an exhibition match to raise the whopping sum will be played on June 10 – a day before the FIFA World Cup kicks off. Legends like Zinedine Zidane, Diego Maradona, Gazza, Chirs Waddle, Lothar Matthäus, Alan Shearer and Peter Schmeichel will feature in the charity match.
However, what is interesting to note that Soccer Aid, the charity legacy that Freddy has left behind, came into being through an informal chat with pop sensation Robbie Williams. According to Freddy’s son Kenneth, who now spearheads one of the world’s biggest football agencies Triple S, Soccer Aid was conceptualised by his parents while they were watching and became an idea during a conversation between Robbie, his father and him later.
The former Newcastle United chairman’s initial input to the fixture has resulted in the game blossoming into a global summer show and Robbie Williams and Usain Bolt will be taking part in the extravaganza.
Bolt and Williams will lock horns against each other for the Soccer Aid for UNICEF match. The legendary Jamaican sprinter’s Soccer Aid World XI will take on Robbie Williams England on June 10 at Old Trafford.
Usain Bolt, Soccer Aid World XI said: “It is my dream to make it as a professional footballer, so to be able to step out onto the pitch at Old Trafford in June, and play against some of football’s biggest legends is going to be remarkable,” as per a report by Chronicle Live.
Bolt took to Twitter and even shared the news with his fans. He said,”Excited to announce that I will be playing in socceraid for UNICEF_uk 2018 at Old Trafford on Sunday 10th June. Make sure you’re ready robbiewilliams! ”
The tournament formerly embraced the skills and talents of Niall Horan, Mike Myers, Maradona, Luis Figo and Ronaldhino. The charity match between England V Soccer Aid World XI.
Robbie Williams, Unicef UK Ambassador and co-founder of Soccer Aid, said: “I am buzzing that Soccer Aid for Unicef is back.