Soap stars attract hundreds to Brid match

Waterloo Road's Jack McMullen poses for a pic with a fan
Waterloo Road's Jack McMullen poses for a pic with a fan

Around 750 people flooded into Bridlington Town’s Queensgate stadium to see a charity football match between a host of soap stars and local footballers.

The match - which saw celebrities from Emmerdale, Waterloo Road and other television shows take on a team comprised of Bridlington Town, Scarborough Athletic and other local Yorkshire club players and managed by Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade - could raise up to £2,000 for the Once Upon a Smile charity founded by soap stars Danny Miller and Daniel Jillings.

Bridlington Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite, who helped organise the match, said: “It was a real end of season feel with two good teams showing the best side of sport to raise money for charity. It was great to see so many families come down in fantastic weather and enjoy the football, and hopefully a few of those might be tempted to come back in August. Our team had Bridlington and Scarborough players, which showed the good relationship between the two clubs, Rudy Funk came up and supported Mitch Cook and I’d like to thank everyone involved. Russell Slade also had a good day and enjoyed coming up.

“The soap stars enjoyed themselves and were very appreciative of a warm Bridlington welcome, and it’s looking hopeful that they’ll be back again next year.”

Three local mascots took on the challenge of raising money for the charity to give them the honour of leading out the teams before kick off, which were sadly without some of the ex-professionals who the charity had hoped to invite along.

“I would like to say thank you to Mary Green and Madison Webber who raised £250 in sponsorship, members of the Scarborough Athletic Supporters’ Club for their kind donation for the charity, West BS Ltd, Mixerman for the PA, Hull Vac Ltd - the match sponsor - the Revelstoke Hotel where the players stayed, Utopia night club and the Free Press for all their support.

“It’s a bit disappointing that we couldn’t have had more local support for mascots and for sponsorship for the event. The karaoke event on Saturday night also could have been better supported, but it was a great weekend overall.”

The game is in aid of the Once Upon A Smile Charity, which raises money for the families of critically ill children and provide respite services to give families a break from constant caring duties.

See more pictures of the action from the day on page 84.