Soap stars team up for football match in Brid

Tony Discipline from Eastenders and Danny Miller from Emmerdale.
Tony Discipline from Eastenders and Danny Miller from Emmerdale.

Stars of Emmerdale, Eastenders and X Factor will be taking on professional football players at a charity match in Bridlington this month.

The game takes place on Sunday, May 26 at the Queensgate football ground, between Once Upon A Smile Celebrity FC and Neil Warnock’s Premiership Legends.

The celebrity side will include Danny Miller, who played mechanic Aaron Livesy in Emmerdale, Tony Discipline, better known as Anthony Moon in Eastenders, and actor Daniel Jillings, who has appeared in Emmerdale, Coronation Street, Casualty and The Royal.

Expected to play alongside them will be Waterloo Road actors Jack McMullan, Dean Smith, Naveed Choudhry, Reece Douglas, Ben Ryan Davies and Ceallach Spellman, and Hollyoaks stars Anthony Quinland and Calvin Demba.

Also on the team will be members of X Factor boyband The Risk and Britain’s Got Talent boyband The Mend, as well as West End star Shane Ritchie Junior - the son of Shane Ritchie and Colleen Nolan.

They will be facing a team of ex-footballers including talented Spanish midfielder Gaizka Mendieta, Neil Wainwright, Owen Coyle, Marlon Beresford, Ray Francis and Craig Hignett.

Chairman of Bridlington Town FC, Peter Smurthwaite, said: “The game is to raise money for the Once Upon a Smile Charity.”

The charity was set up by Danny Miller and Daniel Jillings to raise money for the familes of critically ill children and provide respite services to give families a break from constant caring duties.

Kick-off is at 3pm, and tickets cost £5 for adults, £3 for children and seniors (60+) or £12 for a family ticket. Details of how to obtain tickets will be published in next week’s Free Press.