I was recently asked to design some promotional posters for an upcoming charity match taking place at the Riverside Stadium on May 11th 2012. Last years match saw fundraising top the £30,000 mark and its hoped that an additional £10,000 can be raised this time.
Having already competed (and I use that term loosely) in the 2011 Sir Bobby Robson Foundation charity match, I couldn’t wait to play again this year.
The match itself was in memory of Tom Gardiner (the mascot in the 2011 charity match) who recently lost his battle against an inoperable tumour. Also Grant Harrison, who played in the last two charity matches but was tragically killed whilst on holiday with his family earlier this year.
The professionals who agreed to play this year included George Boateng, Ugo Ehiogu, Gaizka Mendieta, Bernie Slaven, Colin Cooper, Curtis Fleming and Neil Maddison.
In the pictures opposite you can see me and Boro legend Curtis Fleming prior to the game. Also a brief montage of Gaizka Mendieta going past me like I wasn’t there. Plus me sizing up a free kick with George Boateng and having my own chance of glory snatch away from me by a last ditch tackle.